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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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The Speculator

The Human Division

A serialized war of worlds packs the analogous power of militaristic SF old and new.

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Reading in Common

An Interview with Elinor Lipman

The charming writer of I Can't Complain on self-esteem, second chances, and happy endings.

 

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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.