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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...

Reader's Diary

Reader's Diary: July 2008

Brooke Allen on Charles Strouse?s Broadway memories, and more. Read more...

The Thinking Read

Gandhi and Churchill: The Epic Rivalry that Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age

A look at two of the most influential progeny of Britain?s imperial culture, and how they shaped a century. Read more...

Reading Romance

Lions and Tigers and...Heroes? Oh My!

Eloisa James on romantic fantasies with teeth -- and claws. Read more...

The Thinking Read

The Return of History and the End of Dreams

An analysis of the global power struggles to come. Read more...

The Thinking Read

The Man Who Loved China

A life of the man who unveiled a great culture?s learning to the West. Read more...

Reader's Diary

Reader's Diary: First Impressions

This month, Brooke Allen looks at debut novels and historic introductions. 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).