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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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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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July 22: On this day in 1941, on his twelfth wedding anniversary, Eugene O'Neill presented the just-finished manuscript of Long Day's Journey into Night to his wife, Carlotta.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).

Watching Them Be

What makes a film actor into a larger-than-life movie star? James Harvey's passionate, freewheeling essays explain why there are some faces (from Greta Garbo's to Samuel L. Jackson's) from which we cannot look away.

Landline

What if you called up the spouse on the verge of leaving you -- and instead found yourself magically talking to his younger self, the one you first fell for?  Rainbow Rowell, author of the YA smash Eleanor & Park, delivers a sly, enchanting take on 21st-century love.