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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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A Reading Life

The Enchanted Wanderer

A nineteenth-century Russian comic storyteller shines in a bold new English translation.

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A Reading Life

Middle Men

Small tales offer medium-sized heroes a grand forum.

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Rock & Roll &

Richard Hell: The Thrill-Seeking Years

In I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp, a punk icon issues a wailing rock memoir.

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University Presses

Before Religion

Is the very notion of "religion" a modern invention?

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Reader's Diary

The First Muslim

Is it possible to write the mind of a prophet?

 

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Reading in Common

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

A wry take on "self-help" skewers our globalized economy.

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Reading Romance

All's Well That Ends Well

Love stories complete with hard-won happy endings. 

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Rock & Roll &

They Don't Want to Talk About It

A pair of courageous new memoirs from married music makers.

 

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Reading in Common

Schroder

A prisoner's letters reveal the harrowing and often triumphant life of a fraud.

 

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Crime and Punishment

Harvest

Violent reckoning strikes a secluded and secretive eighteenth-century village.

 

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The Speculator

Sophomore Honor Roll

When second novels prove to be second nature.

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A Reading Life

Graven with Diamonds

Henry VIII's diplomat (and Anne Boleyn's lover) as seen through his vivid poetry. 

 

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Crime and Punishment

Revenge

Pungent new stories of reprisal form a labyrinth of gruesome delights.

 

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A Reading Life

P. G. Wodehouse: A Life in Letters

The blithe soul of Bertie Wooster can be spotted in his creator's correspondence.

 

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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."