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The Criminalist

A Precinct of Her Own

Dorothy Uhnak's books transformed her trailblazing experience as a woman in the N.Y.P.D. into sagas that plumb the soul of the force. Read more...

Rock & Roll &

Resuscitations and Business Plans: The Best Albums of 2009

After twelve months of listening, the songs that beg to be heard again. Read more...

Rock & Roll &

The Dean's List: The Best Albums of 2009

Fourscore (plus three) records worth remembering from a year's devoted listening. Read more...

Reading Romance

Way, Way Out West

From the Old West to imagined new frontiers, lone rangers who fire the imagination

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Reader's Diary

From Brisbane to Byzantium

New books collect the literature of a modern nation and listen for the lasting echoes of an ancient one. Read more...

The Speculator

Makers

The new book from the award-winning author of Little Brother attempts to bring new life into a foundational concern of science fiction: the social role of the technological innovator. Read more...

Library Without Walls

2009: A Year in the (Reading) Life

Michael Dirda on the books of the year that "continue to linger most vividly in my memory."

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The Thinking Read

Secrets of the Universe: How We Discovered the Cosmos

A new history of astronomy illuminates the wonders of the skies, and the contributions of those explore them with eyes, telescopes, and radio waves. Read more...

Drawn to Read

The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh

Ward Sutton looks at a new annotated and illustrated edition of the letters from one of the most famously tormented personalities in the history of painting.

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Rock & Roll &

Not So Misterioso

Robin D.G. Kelley's new biography of Thelonious Monk inspires a reflection on a musician and composer whose gifts keep on giving.

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The Criminalist

Golden Years of Detection

How a decidedly peculiar pair of octogenarian investigators are delightedly breaking some venerable rules. Read more...

Drawn to Read

Father Knows Books: Otis

In a new visual review feature from Ward Sutton, the cartoonist (and parent) looks at Loren Long's new book Otis. Read more...

Reading Romance

Our Town

Why a small-town setting can make for a particularly compelling tale of love's trials.

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Library Without Walls

The Poems of Thomas Hardy

The novelist's other life, as a sensitive recorder of "tears in things." Read more...

Reader's Diary

New Worlds

From Wallace Shawn to Geraldo Rivera, uneasy crossings of horizons moral and physical. Read more...

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July 25: On this day in 1834 Samuel Taylor Coleridge died of heart disease at the age of sixty-one.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.

Pastoral

When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).