Cronos

Guillermo Del Toro's debut work is a wickedly inventive revision of one of horror's classic scenarios.

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The Word Exchange

A new gathering of Anglo-Saxon poetry in translation arrives in time for hearthside reading.

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Program or Be Programmed

A polemic against the speed at which a networked world is remaking our culture, with rules for an immediate response.

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Legacy of a Legend

A two-disc compilation collects and honors the music of the pianist who married odd time signatures with hit-making melodicism.

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Lost Lustre

A memoir of growing up in gritty 1970s Manhattan, shadowed by the tragic tale of a musician's rise and premature fall.

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In the Lap of the Gods

The story of an abandoned child and an unlikely rescue is told in the shadow of China's massive Three Gorges Dam project.

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Mourning Diary

The notes of a legendary thinker experiencing, and reflecting on grief in both personal and universal terms.

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Must You Go?

A memoir of the celebrated author's explosive, enduring partnership with the Nobel Laureate.

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A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers

A comprehensive new guide to the voices that carried the twentieth century's tune.

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In Tearing Haste

The correspondence between Mitford sister and intrepid travel writer captures two fascinating personalities at work and play.

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National Ransom

The latest from the style-shuffling artist looks to the music of hard times past to sing the blues for the present.

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Venice: Pure City

A gondola ride through the wonders of "La Serenissima," equal parts love letter and historical tour.

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The Last Boy

A new look at the great Yankee's life and career balances a shining legend against a more complex reality.

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The Blindness of the Heart

A powerful novel of the numbing effects of violence and war on a German mother.

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The Night Bookmobile

A reader's fable in comics form, from the author of The Time Traveler's Wife.

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Amore

A delightfully personal look at the era when Italian voices defined American popular music.

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How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

This debut novel is a bravura performance, rejuvenating the time travel subgenre with intellectual and emotional energy.

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Dream Attic

The fabled songwriter and guitarist uses live performances to launch a bracing new set of compositions.

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The Complete History of American Film Criticism

A comprehensive, single-volume survey of American film criticism from the silent era to today, with ample excerpts. Read more...

The Terrorists

A new edition of the classic crime series from Sweden is a chance to revisit the exploits of Stockholm sleuth Martin Beck.

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Wait

The seventeenth and latest volume from one of America’s most esteemed poets explores realms of conscience and consciousness.

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Talking to Girls About Duran Duran

In his second mix tape of a memoir, Rob Sheffield looks to Duran Duran to guide him through his adolescence, and the 80s.

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Fur, Fortune, and Empire

A new history of the fur trade in America puts the trapper at the center of our nation’s emergence onto the world stage.

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Red Hook Road

When a young couple is killed, their parents are left to pick up the pieces -- and bridge the gap between them. Read more...

So Cold the River

Evil haunts a picturesque Indiana town in this ghostly thriller.

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Thieves of Manhattan

An ingenious literary fraud takes an unexpected turn in this blackly comic tale.

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Every Man in This Village is a Liar

The personal transformations that result from a reporter's years covering strife in the Middle East.

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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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Blonde Bombshell

Highly evolved alien dogs, a beautiful businesswoman, and a spy named Mark Twain figure in a delirious science-fiction farce.

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Absence of Mind

In a challenging work, the novelist tangles atheists and Darwinians to celebrate to the inner life and the expansive self.

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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.