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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Celebrating Steig

It's hard to pick just five of William Steig's enchanting books, but that didn't stop us from trying.

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Tennis

The U.S. Open is this week, so we decided to offer up some literary power serves.

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Spain

Works to trace the grandeur of a nation's history.

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Video Games

History, myths, and stories of the digital playground.

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Sailing

Voyages, stories, and adventures at sea.

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Getaway Tales

Books that put the "beach" in beach read.

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Mountaineering

Exhilaration, heroics, death and laughter atop the world's tallest peaks.

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Grilling

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

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Heists

Cracking capers, real and imaginary.

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Pulp Fictions

A glorious age of storytelling, collected, revisited, and re-imagined.

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Independence Day

A historical, biographical, and literary celebration.

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Pseudonyms

Great writers under covers.

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Golf

Humor, drama, and history on the links.

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Navigators

Page-turning journeys around the world and into the unknown.

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Authors and Editors

Partnerships, struggles, and collaborations.

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Americans in Paris

From the Home of the Brave to the City of Light.

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The Cold War

Understanding the global struggle that defined half a century.

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On Foot

It's how you get there that matters.

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Venice

Stones, stories, and Bellinis from La Serenissima.

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The Telephone

Hook ups, hang ups, history, and one hot conversation.

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William Styron

The work -- and the life -- of one of America's most accomplished novelists.

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Due Dates and Deadlines

With tax day looming, a set of books that shed insight on the power of a schedule.

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Hoaxes, Frauds, and Con Men

A cavalcade of diverting deceptions.

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Fly Fishing

Dip into a fresh stream of words and images.

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July 22: On this day in 1941, on his twelfth wedding anniversary, Eugene O'Neill presented the just-finished manuscript of Long Day's Journey into Night to his wife, Carlotta.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
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.