Nicholas Ray: The Glorious Failure of an American Director

A rebellious Hollywood auteur's genius and self-destruction.

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On the Road to Babadag: Travels in the Other Europe

A magical ramble through the borderlands of East and West.

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Don't Kill the Birthday Girl

Growing up allergic to almost everything, the world becomes a dangerous place.

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Andy Warhol’s New York City

A guide in "four walks" that take the reader on a tour of Manhattan fit for a superstar.

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Turn Right at Machu Picchu

A modern exploration of the mysterious Incan city, and the history of its rediscovery.

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The Last Gunfight

The real story behind the storied showdown in a Tombstone, Arizona vacant lot.

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The Tao of Travel

The globe-trotting author celebrates the art of travel writing in a collection aimed to spark the reader's wanderlust.

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Berlin 1961

In one of the Cold War's most resonant skirmishes, Nikita Khruschev  put the new American leadership to the test.

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Ghost in a Red Hat

Past and present collide in an assemblage of poems "whipped together by windstorm and fire."

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Evel

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

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Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?

The Aerosmith singer's memoir offers self-reflection and self-promotion in equal measure, and at full volume.

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Is Journalism Worth Dying For?

A posthumous collection of essays celebrates the crusading spirit of a Russian reporter and writer.

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No Biking in the House Without a Helmet

From the author of Praying for Sheetrock, the story of her life with a unusually large, lively household.

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Moral Combat

A noted historian of the Third Reich offers "a moral history of the Second World War."

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Plastic: A Toxic Love Story

A history of the polymer and a guide to the possibilities and pitfalls of a world dependent on its use.

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Branch Rickey

The man who brought Jackie Robinson into Major League Baseball—and changed the sport forever—gets the biography he deserves.

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Where I Live

A new gathering of verse from the prizewinning poet celebrates a life on the land.

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In The Basement of the Ivory Tower

One of America's adjunct army gives voice to the concerns from the academic front lines.

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The Late American Novel

A new generation of literati weighs in on the destiny of fiction in the digital age.

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The Sorcerer's Apprentices

The world of the line cooks behind Ferran Adria's culinary wizardy.

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America, America

A famed director's tribute to his family's immigrant odyssey.

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The Company We Keep

The adventures of two secret agents, partners in love and espionage.

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A Posthumous Confession

A Dostoevskian tale of murderer, newly translated by the Nobel Prize-winning author of Disgrace.

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Embroidered Ground

A dedicated author and gardener shines new light on her three-acre masterpiece.

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I Think I Love You

Adolescent anxieties and popstar pinups are at the heart of this tale of a girl's coming of age and first love.

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A Red Herring Without Mustard

An eleven-year-old sleuth cycles through 1950s England, in pursuit of a gypsy's murderer.

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The Poison Tree

A chilling tale of crime and consequences set amid the pleasure-seekers of 1990s London.

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Dream of Ding Village

A moving tale from one of China's literary giants is rooted in a scandalous true story of "blood-selling."

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The Lover's Dictionary

A playful romance constructed in the form of a list of definitions sidesteps the meaning of love itself.

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A Strange Stirring

A historian reflects on the ongoing impact of Betty Friedan's groundbreaking book The Feminine Mystique.

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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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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).