The Beatles

Five titles to shed light on the Fab Four's lives and music.

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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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April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

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.