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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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Reading Romance

The Rules of the Road

New historical love affairs built on classic Romance commandments.

 

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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.