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Year Zero: A History of 1945

Surveying the savage aftermath of the Second World War -- and the carefully wrought peace that emerged.

 

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The Speculator

Doctor Sleep

The long-awaited sequel to The Shining proves a chilling American odyssey.

 

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A Reading Life

The Lowland

Two brothers of Calcutta take divergent paths in a tale of 1960s rebellion.

 

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Crime and Punishment

A Commonplace Killing

In a London neighborhood ravaged by German bombs, a woman's disappearance sets off another explosion.

 

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Reading in Common

Someone

A girl grows in Brooklyn, in the latest from the author of Charming Billy.

 

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A Reading Life

Ring Lardner: Stories & Other Writings

The master ventriloquist of the American vernacular in all its comic variety.

 

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Rock & Roll &

No Hitting

In Norman Rush’s Subtle Bodies, a  memorial service brings old friends together.

 

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Crime and Punishment

Evil Eye

A quartet of tales from the dark side of the heart.

 

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University Presses

Franco's Crypt

Reading Spain's civil war, and the modern nation in its wake.

 

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Reading Romance

Wounded Heroes

The healing power of love found in deep space, the nineteenth century, and modern homes.

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Library Without Walls

The Riddle of the Sands

Why this 1903 "Record of Secret Service" may be the first great modern spy novel.

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A Reading Life

Archangel

Five stories follow seekers of knowledge in the natural world.

 

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Rock & Roll &

Tell All

Intimate memoirs of New York life and love.

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The Speculator

Blood of Tyrants

An alternate history epic brings a British captain and his loyal dragon to battle with Napoleon's army.

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University Presses

God Bless America

How Irving Berlin's patriotic tune became a shadow national anthem.

 

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April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

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.