Happiness

Reading in support of an endless pursuit.

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Hoaxes, Frauds, and Con Men

A cavalcade of diverting deceptions.

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March Madness

A reading list to celebrate college basketball's annual apex.

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Gardening

A cultivated patch of fertile plots and well-tended prose.

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Raymond Chandler

The life, work, and legacy of the man behind Marlowe.

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New Orleans

Reading an amazing city, from the French Quarter to the bayou.

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Make This Movie

Stories ready to be brought to the silver screen.

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Missions to Mars

Book your flight today.

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True Love Stories

Love is real.

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Reading the Games

Stories that go for the gold.

 

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Winter Escapes

Heat-seeking reads for arctic conditions.

 

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The Civil Rights Movement

Remembering and celebrating voices raised in protest.

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Subzero Reading

Books that keep the cold on the page.

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Predictions

Dreamers of the world to come, and their (not always accurate) visions of tomorrow.

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Ghost Stories

Tales of terror just in time for Halloween.

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The World Series

Classic reading about the October Classic.

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Ernest Hemingway

Readings that explore and celebrate the writer's career.

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Congress in Crisis

Does a government shutdown offer more time to read?

 

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The Cold War

Understanding the global struggle that defined half a century.

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The Hospital

Riveting tales of modern medicine.

 

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Vanishings

Now you see them, now you don't.

 

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Back to School

The art, science, and struggle of teaching and learning.

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Tennis

Literary power serves.

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Grilling

Tips, techniques, and tasty recipes for amateurs, experts, and connoisseurs.

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Pasta

The shapely pleasures of a favorite food.

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Elephants

Lively reading on a weighty subject.

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Getaway Tales

Books that put the "beach" in beach read.

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Royal Inheritors

Royal baby-watching in Great Britain, past and present.

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Pseudonyms

Great writers under covers.

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Counterculture Comedy

The merry pranksters and satirists who stoked laugh riots.

 

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April 17: "In less than three years, both GM and Chrysler would be bankrupt, and a resurgent Ford would wow Wall Street..."

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.