The Cold War

Understanding the global struggle that defined half a century.

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Ghost Stories

Tales of terror from Edith Wharton, M. R. James, and others.

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The World Series

Classic reading about the October Classic.

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Trees

Sylvan reading for the season of changing leaves.

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Presidential Debate

From the town hall to the teleprompter.

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Fragrance

The art and science of the world of scent.

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Wine

From the encyclopedic to the personal, five books to help you uncork the mysteries of wine.

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Handwriting

Artistry, eloquence, and secrets in the written word.

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Authors and Editors

Partnerships, conflicts, and collaborations.

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Back to School

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

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Seafood

The lore and lure of the ocean's bounty.

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Elvis

Remembering the King, 35 years after his death.

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Mars and Beyond

Reading to celebrate the NASA Curiosity rover's Mars landing.

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The Olympics

Medal-worthy reading.

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Clouds

The natural history and preternatural beauty of clouds.

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London

Reading to celebrate and explore the city, on the eve of the 2012 Olympic Games.

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Bastille Day

Reading to remember France's world-shaking revolution.

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Old Glory

Stars and stripes forever.

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Grilling

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

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Road Trips

Chronicles of wanderlust on four wheels, and guides for the intrepid.

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Ray Bradbury

Essential reading from -- and about -- the master.

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Fatherhood

The passions, perils, and pleasures of paternity.

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Elephants

Lively reading on a weighty subject.

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Commencement

Reading for graduates to last a lifetime.

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Cocktails

Intoxicating history and irresistable recipes.

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Mothers

Attachments fierce, funny, fateful, and forever.

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Fairy Tales

Enchanted reading.

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Gardening

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

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The Earth

Visions of our world's astonishing history and uncertain future.

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Due Dates and Deadlines

With tax day looming, a collection of books to keep you on schedule.

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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.