Castaways

Desert island reading. Literally.

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Innovation

Reading to foster creativity.

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The Gilded Apple

From Five Points to Fifth Avenue.

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Ireland in America

How an island's people made a new nation their own.

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March Madness

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

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The High Frontier

Essential reading for would-be space travelers.

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Home Life

From cabin to castle.

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The Hollywood Tell-All

After the credits roll, everybody loves to gossip.

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True Love Stories

Love is real.

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The Super Bowl

Game day reading.

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Commanders

American Generals in an era of change

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Year of the Dragon

Readings that explore China in an era of change.

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The Civil Rights Movement

Remembering and celebrating voices raised in protest.

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The Olympians

Reading from Athena to Zeus.

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Predictions

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

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Winter

Season's readings.

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King Arthur

Journeys back to the Round Table in history, poetry, and fantasy.

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Picturing Nature

See the world.

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Seriously Trivial

For the lover of lists, charts, and compendia of facts.

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Ruling Women

Five biographies of dynamic -- sometimes despotic -- female leaders.

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Holiday Feasts

New and time-tested guides to loading the family table with seasonal riches.

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Ernest Hemingway

Readings that explore and celebrate the writer's career, paired with selections from his best work.

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Dogs

Books that celebrate a special relationship.

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Hell

Infernally good reading.

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Monologists

Voices in the dark.

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Pasta

The shapely pleasures of a favorite food.

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Astronomy

Heavenly reading for backyard stargazers and armchair astronauts.

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Digital War

Cryptographers, hackers, and combat by virus: reports from the next front.

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Dangerous Minds

Revolutionaries, geniuses, and master manipulators of history.

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Fashion

Reading with style.

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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.