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God Bless America

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

 

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Crime and Punishment

The Infatuations

Sometimes the mystery is not what leads up to a murder, but what happens after.

 

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Reading in Common

Dreams of My Russian Summers

The power of memory and longing is undimmed in this classic memoir.

 

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The Speculator

Neptune's Brood

The visionary adventure begun in Saturn's Children continues to extend the legacy of Heinlein and other foundational dreamers.

 

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Reading Romance

Forsaking All Others

Divided loyalties can make for passionate drama.

 

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Rock & Roll &

Gypsy Is His Autopilot

The Roma roots and world-conquering rhythms of an unclassifiable band.

 

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A Reading Life

American Pastimes: The Very Best of Red Smith

Listening to baseball through the voice of one of its greatest chroniclers.

 

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A Reading Life

The Old Filth Trilogy

A century-spanning epic of bittersweet marriages and friendships concludes.

 

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Crime and Punishment

Visitation Street

A disappearance on the East River looms large over a close-knit Brooklyn crew.

 

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Reading in Common

Ten Things I've Learnt About Love

A long-estranged father and daughter, on a collision course.

 

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Library Without Walls

Jean-Claude Izzo: Noir under the Sun

Hot nights and cold Cassis with Marseilles' master of crime fiction.

 

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Crime and Punishment

Crime of Privilege

An untouchable political dynasty faces off against a lawyer's reluctant quest for justice.

 

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A Reading Life

Italian Ways

Italy by train is "not for beginners."

 

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Reader's Diary

In Times of Fading Light

An East German family epic unpacks a world of official lies with sardonic humor.

 

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Reading Romance

Everybody Knows

Sometimes the biggest -- and most entertaining -- obstacle to true love is the audience.

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April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysely Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

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A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.

The Promise of Hope

Killed last year in the infamous terror attack at Nairobi's Westgate mall, Kofi Awoonor was a national treasure in his native Ghana.  His career began in 1964 with Rediscovery, and this magnum opus serves as a tribute to his entire long journey charting his beloved nation's course through his accomplished poetry.

Winter Mythologies and Abbots

A pair of linked stories finds that, as translator Ann Jefferson relates, "[Pierre] Michon's great theme is the precarious balance between belief and imposture, and the way the greatest aspirations can be complicated by physical desire or the equally urgent desire for what he calls glory."