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Reader's Diary

The Year in Reading: A Conversation (Part One)

Six passionate readers on a year's worth of books and ideas. Read more...

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The Year in Reading: A Conversation (Part Three)

Six passionate readers on a year's worth of books and ideas (Part Three of Three) Read more...

Reader's Diary

The Year in Reading: A Conversation (Part Two)

Six passionate readers on a year's worth of books and ideas (Part two of three) Read more...

Reading Romance

Reading Romance: Romancing the Stubborn

Could the most alluring phrase in English be "You were right"? Read more...

Reader's Diary

Reader's Diary: November 2008

Robber barons, a medical mystery, a T'ang craftsman, and more. Read more...

The Thinking Read

The Ascent of Money

From clay tablets to credit default swaps. Read more...

Reading Romance

Cupid & Psychics

If novels are any indication, the last thing we'd want to be able to do is read the future. Read more...

Reader's Diary

Reader's Diary

Stories of survival, war, intrigue and mystery -- and a browse through a madman?s library.

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Reading Romance

FAME!

Eloisa James asks: what happens when the star-crossed lovers also happen to be stars? Read more...

Reader's Diary

Reader's Diary

From Abraham Lincoln to Antoine Watteau -- plus educating educators, a mystery, et encore plus. Read more...

The Thinking Read

William Wilberforce: The Life of the Great Anti-Slave Trade Campaigner

A life of the great British legislator and crusader against the slave trade. Read more...

Reading Romance

Romancing the Future

Eloisa James charts the stars of Futuristic Romance. Read more...

Reader's Diary

Reader's Diary

Fashion, greed, shopping, dog walking, and think-tankers. Read more...

Library Without Walls

Lives of the Artists

Giorgio Vasari's gossipy, glorious catalogue of personalities is one of the Renaissance's defining works.

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The Thinking Read

Ark of the Liberties

Can America still claim to be a leader in the cause of freedom? Read more...

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April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysely Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.

The Promise of Hope

Killed last year in the infamous terror attack at Nairobi's Westgate mall, Kofi Awoonor was a national treasure in his native Ghana.  His career began in 1964 with Rediscovery, and this magnum opus serves as a tribute to his entire long journey charting his beloved nation's course through his accomplished poetry.

Winter Mythologies and Abbots

A pair of linked stories finds that, as translator Ann Jefferson relates, "[Pierre] Michon's great theme is the precarious balance between belief and imposture, and the way the greatest aspirations can be complicated by physical desire or the equally urgent desire for what he calls glory."