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A Reading Life

The Woman Upstairs

How selfish must an artist be?

 

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Reading Romance

To Serve and Protect

Peace officers sometimes hide their hearts behind their badges.

 

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Library Without Walls

A Pleasing Terror: Kingsley Amis's "The Green Man"

The novelist's booze-soaked, bittersweet take on the classic ghost story.

 

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Crime and Punishment

A Man Without Breath

Wartime sleuth Bernie Gunther returns in his greatest adventure yet.

 

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The Speculator

Empty Space

Another artful experiment from a genre-bending icon of science fiction.

 

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A Reading Life

The Selected Letters of Willa Cather

Revealing the candid passions and ambitions of the austere O Pioneers! author.

 

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Drawn to Read

Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

Family memories, globetrotting mishaps and macabre encounters from a deadpan sensibility.

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Reader's Diary

The Plantagenets

The legendary -- and infamous -- dynasty may have unwittingly sown the seeds of monarchy's end.

 

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The Speculator

London Falling

Haunted London is home to a faceoff between psychic detectives and a ghastly killer.

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A Reading Life

Merivel: A Man of His Time

The frustrated doctor at the center of Restoration travels to Versailles and beyond.

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Crime and Punishment

The Andalucian Friend

Rival drug gangs trade fatalities and musings in Western Europe's multinational underworld.

 

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Reading in Common

The Interestings

Old friends at the top and bottom of the art world meet in the middle.

 

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University Presses

The Dune's Twisted Edge

Using Middle Eastern poetry to form an eclectic map of the region.

 

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Reading Romance

Creative Culture

There's an art to romance in these five new novels.

 

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Crime and Punishment

Gods and Beasts

Tight-knit cops and robbers collide on Glasgow's mean streets.

 

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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.