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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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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The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).

Watching Them Be

What makes a film actor into a larger-than-life movie star? James Harvey's passionate, freewheeling essays explain why there are some faces (from Greta Garbo's to Samuel L. Jackson's) from which we cannot look away.

Landline

What if you called up the spouse on the verge of leaving you -- and instead found yourself magically talking to his younger self, the one you first fell for?  Rainbow Rowell, author of the YA smash Eleanor & Park, delivers a sly, enchanting take on 21st-century love.