Dreamers of a New Day

A new look at the pioneers of women's rights, from Emma Goldman to Ida Tarbell, and their lasting legacy.

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Walks with Men

In Ann Beattie's latest novella, a young writer (much like the author) receives a misleading tutorial.

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The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

This girl tastes life's flavors more intently than most.

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The Red Thread

The trials and triumphs of an adoption agency's director are at the heart of this emotional tale. Read more...

The Thoughtful Dresser

"Changing styles not only mark time and help us hide its ravages but also satisfy an innate desire for the new." Read more...

High Violet

The intricate anxieties of twenty-first century adulthood provide the theme for The National's new record. Read more...

Get Capone

The "life and times" of man who became synonymous with Chicago's gangland days. Read more...

Girl in Translation

Jean Kwok's novel of a Chinese-American girl's life is woven through with hard-won knowledge.

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When that Rough God Goes Riding

Greil Marcus on the elusive trail of Van Morrison's musical genius. Read more...

Under Heaven

A sprawling new fantasy drawn from the tumultuous dynastic history of China.

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Molly Fox's Birthday

An Irish novelist's sly tale of a friendship with a bit of mystery at its heart.

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Video Slut

She made your MTV.

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The Bag Lady Papers

Down and out on the Upper East Side.

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The Hours of Catherine of Cleves

A new edition of one of the world's most brilliant works of bookmaking puts a dazzling vision on display.

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Rock 'n' Roll High School

The unlikely charm offensive mounted by Roger Corman and the Ramones. Read more...

A Dead Hand

In Paul Theroux's latest novel, a stymied writer is drawn into a mystery with religious overtones.

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The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry

A rich new gathering of poetry from around the world.

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The New York Stories of Elizabeth Hardwick

Style and the city.

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Hoboes

As the Wild West turned into America's garden, migrant workers moved in to harvest its yield.

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Dead End Gene Pool: A Memoir

The scion of a famous family delivers a surreal, scathing memoir.

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J. G. Farrell in His Own Words

The collected letters and diaries of a great novelist, lost in his prime.

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Apologize, Apologize!

A sparkling, sprawling comedy of a square peg in a family of screwballs.

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Lighthead

In a new book of poems, the writer dives into his own youth and a nation's troubled history with love and arch wit.

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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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Summer Hours

The quiet power of a family drama might resist translation. Read more...

In the Empire of Ice

The celebrated writer on nature sounds a dramatic warning about the future of a fragile ecosystem. Read more...

Caravaggio: Complete Work

A triumphant new collection brings together the paintings of an artist of great mystery -- and perhaps greater genius. Read more...

The Eastern Stars

How a tiny island nation came to be the world's biggest exporter of big league baseball players. Read more...

Kapitoil

A Qatari computer whiz tries to reprogram himself as an American financial genius. Read more...

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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July 28: Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin eloped on this day in 1814.

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).