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Evel

The high flights and disastrous crashes of the cycle-jumping daredevil.

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The Life of Irene Nemirovsky

The tumultuous, tragic life and death of the author of Suite Française.

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The Publisher

The creator of Time and Life yearned to stretch beyond words and images and shape the globe.

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David Foster Wallace: Becoming Himself

A new book reproduces an extended encounter with an author who fascinated in his art, and his life.

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Tammy Wynette: Tragic Country Queen

An unforgettable voice soared above the troubled life of a "Domestic grief goddess." Read more...

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Churchill: A Life

One of the most contradictory personalities of the 20th century turned out to be one of its most pivotal. Read more...

April 18: "[W]ould it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament…?"

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.