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Reader's Diary

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...

Reading Romance

Some Like It Scots

Is it all about the kilt? Read more...

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April 18: "[W]ould it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament…?"

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.