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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Gardening

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

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Travels in Ireland

Five journeys in a storied land.

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Numbers

From Innumeracy to The Education of T. C. Mits, an exploration of the powers and pleasures of mathematics.

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Street Basketball

True stories of hopes, dreams, and jump shots.

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Other Presidents

In celebration of Presidents' Day, some books that take readers beyond Washington and Lincoln.

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Frank Lloyd Wright

Reading to explore the work and life of an American original.

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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.