Library Without Walls

Winter's Tales

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


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...

Reading Romance

My Fairy Godmother, Myself

Eloisa James on the many updates of the Cinderella story. Does the slipper still fit? Read more...

Reading Romance

Couples in Crisis with Mistletoe Dreams

Eloisa James on the cornucopia of Christmas-themed romances.

Reader's Diary

A Time to Keep Silence

Brooke Allen on Patrick Leigh Fermor's glorious prose and monastic sojourns. Read more...

Reading Romance

Bite Me, Biker Style

Eloisa James on the literary heirs of Romeo and Juliet -- and the complicated business of young love. Read more...

The Speculator

Still Dreaming Dystopias

In the world of science fiction, nightmarish futures never seem to go out of style. Paul DiFilippo unveils four new visions of worlds gone bad and mad.



July 23: Jessica Mitford died on this day in 1996.

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

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
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.


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).