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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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University Presses

Italo Calvino: Letters, 1941–1985

The correspondence of the author of Invisible Cities shows a writer working at the heart of the European literary world.

 

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The Speculator

The Long War and The Long Earth

A series from two legends of speculative fiction makes Manifest Destiny multiversal.

 

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University Presses

Spartacus

Gladiator, rebel, Hollywood symbol: is there a real figure buried beneath the myth?

 

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A Reading Life

The Boys in the Boat

How a scrappy team of rowers from Washington State pulled ahead of the world.

 

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Rock & Roll &

Give the Drummer Some

A musical polymath's life in beats.

 

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Reading in Common

The Faraway Nearby

An unclassifiable writer looks at how stories take us on unexpected journeys.

 

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A Reading Life

TransAtlantic

The author of Let the Great World Spin spans genres and generations in his latest historical fiction.

 

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Reading Romance

Closet Romantics

Literary lovers who pack as much passion in their sentiments as they do in the bedroom.

 

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Crime and Punishment

Silent Voices

Sleuthing heroine Vera Stanhope strikes a fine balance between detectives cozy and hard-boiled.

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Reader's Diary

The Unwinding

A look at a national landscape reshaped by shifting political winds and an economic tsunami.

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Library Without Walls

Evan S. Connell: Bridging the Islands

The late author was an artist unconstrained by genre or convention.

 

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Crime and Punishment

Every Contact Leaves a Trace

A husband's investigation into his murdered wife's past yields mysteries about them both.

 

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Rock & Roll &

Voices from a Desert War

Saharan musical traditions ancient and modern, in a region riven by conflict.

 

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A Reading Life

A Delicate Truth

In an espionage master's latest, war is a booming private enterprise.

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April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

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

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In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

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.