Come Sunday

A collaboration between two jazz greats is a testament to musical devotion.

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The Pledge

In a dystopian future, language is the key to uniting a fractured society.

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Cruelty & Laughter

Surveying an impolite world that talked much about politeness.

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Grant's Final Victory

An examination of the once-mighty general's tumultuous last year, 1884-85.

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Losing It

The history of old age.

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Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Sparked the Civil War

A doomed plan with a momentous legacy.

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All About Roasting: A New Approach to a Classic Art

A savory guide to mastery of the oven.

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Outlaws Inc.

How the world's most dangerous smugglers supply the black market.

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Bocca

A new vision of Italian cooking built on some extraordinary ingredients.

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The Brixton Brothers Series

An homage to the Hardy Boys that delivers thrills and laughs.

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The Apple Lover's Cookbook

Delicious recipes paired with an in-depth guide to 59 apple varieties.

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Past Perfect

Summer love in a village committed to colonial reenactment.

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Phillis Wheatley: Biography of a Genius in Bondage

The life of the "first person of African descent in the Americas to publish a book."

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Lightning Rods

An ingenious way to prevent sexual harassment becomes big business.

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Bird on Fire

A study of urban sustainability in Phoenix finds troubling realities.

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The Apothecary

Plucked from her California home, a young girl discovers a world of magical potions in 1950s London.

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City of Orphans

When a street urchin's sister is framed, he must venture into the cesspool of New York City to clear her name.

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Burnout

The morning after a crazy night forces a young woman to ask herself some serious questions.

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An Everlasting Meal

A book of gastronomic meditation that lingers over food the way guests linger at a good dinner party.

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Don't Shoot: One Man, a Street Fellowship, and the End of Violence in Inner-City America

A bracing account of one man's decades-long struggle to stanch urban violence.

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The Isle of Blood

An apprentice in the disciple of "monstrumology" must choose between an ordinary life and the thrill of the hunt.

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Wildwood

The lead singer of the Decembrists pens a novel filled with characters you might find in one of his songs.

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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Something strange is afoot in this new novel about a "B student with a body count."

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Perfect

An arresting new novel-in-verse follows four Nevada teens as they try to come to terms with their flaws and limitations.

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The Friar of Carcassonne

In a corner of medieval France, one man's stand against the Inquisition.

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Chike and the River

The celebrated Nigerian novelist's tale of a child's journey into a larger world appears in its first American edition.

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Dreams of Significant Girls

Three girls from very different worlds find camaraderie in an old-fashioned boarding school facing radically changing times.

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Black Diamond

Good food and evil deeds in the French countryside.

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Now You See It

What the science of attention can tell us about the world, and what we're likely missing.

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Bobby Fischer

Harry Benson's photos capture the chess titan at the height of his powers.

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July 23: Jessica Mitford died on this day in 1996.

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
Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.

Pastoral

When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

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).