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Reading Romance

Kisses and Killers

This month, Eloisa James explores the unstable chemistry between crime and passion. Read more...

Library Without Walls

The Life of Henry Brulard

Michael Dirda on Stendhal's memoir of his childhood -- unpublishable in the author?s lifetime. Read more...

Reading Romance

Men in Black (or Not)

The perennial appeal of the "anti-duke." Read more...

Reader's Diary

Reader's Diary

Brooke Allen on Alan Bennett's intellectual comedy, Andrea di Robilant's portrait of the passing of Venetian grandeur, and more. Read more...

The Speculator

Stellar Operations

Paul DiFilippo looks at four science-fiction sagas that look to revive the genre's epic pleasures. Read more...

The Thinking Read

A History of Histories: Epics, Chronicles, Romances and Inquiries from Herodotus and Thucydides to the Twentieth Century

Is the writing of history a science of precision, or the artful crafting of a tale? Read more...

The Thinking Read

After Tamerlane: The Global History of Empire since 1405

A scholar of empire examines the many civilizations that laid claim to global dominance. Read more...

Reading Romance

Out of the Broom Closet

Eloisa James on spellbinding new romances. Read more...

Reader's Diary

Elmer Gantry

Brooke Allen on Sinclair Lewis's enduring satire. Read more...

The Thinking Read

God's Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe, 570 to 1215

A new examination of the Islamic role in the evolution of Europe's identity. Read more...

Reading Romance

Growing Up Is Hard to Do

One of the novel's great themes -- coming of age as an adult -- is also one of the most powerful drivers of many tales of romance. Read more...

The Speculator

No Nostalgia Required: Four New Graphic Novels

Paul DiFilippo looks at four new graphic novels. Read more...

Reader's Diary

The Way of All Flesh

Brooke Allen on the strange book that brought the curtain down on the Victorian era. Read more...

Library Without Walls

Winter's Tales

A host of haunting stories, made to savor by a December fireside.

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Library Without Walls

The Book of Ebenezer Le Page

Life on a small island in the English Channel is captured in this novel from a little-known author. Read more...

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July 22: On this day in 1941, on his twelfth wedding anniversary, Eugene O'Neill presented the just-finished manuscript of Long Day's Journey into Night to his wife, Carlotta.

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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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
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).

Watching Them Be

What makes a film actor into a larger-than-life movie star? James Harvey's passionate, freewheeling essays explain why there are some faces (from Greta Garbo's to Samuel L. Jackson's) from which we cannot look away.

Landline

What if you called up the spouse on the verge of leaving you -- and instead found yourself magically talking to his younger self, the one you first fell for?  Rainbow Rowell, author of the YA smash Eleanor & Park, delivers a sly, enchanting take on 21st-century love.