Agostino

A lost Italian novella of mother-son devotion is this summer's least conventional beach read.

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Green Girl

A young woman stumbles through London, pondering the hazards of her beauty.

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Leavetaking

When excellence in theater, painting, and filmmaking wasn't enough, a German iconoclast took up writing novels.

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Arts & Entertainments

A failed actor strikes a Faustian bargain: sex tapes, reality TV, and absolution.

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The Mad and the Bad

A new translation of a noir cult classic lets fists and guns do the talking.

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Indonesia, Etc.

A tour through the world's most populous archipelago finds a kaleidoscope of cultures.

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Alice Paul: Claiming Power

The courageous life and times of a women's suffrage heroine.

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More Curious

Why the ghost of Dostoyevsky haunts the desert city of Marfa, Texas.

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Cataract City

A smash-mouth story of fraternity in dire straits, with the soul of gruff rock 'n' roll.

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The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even

An obsessive-compulsive love story with a taste for Dada asks readers to pay close attention.

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Song of the Shank

The true story of a nineteenth-century musical prodigy becomes a novel about the depths words can't fathom.

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The Nile

Floating down the "great green" and back into Egypt's history.

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Enchanting Devices: Stuart Dybek's Short Fiction

Two new collections display the writer's evanescent spellcraft.

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West of the Revolution

Traveling beyond the Thirteen Colonies to the dangerous outer limits of America, 1776.

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How I Became a Writer in a Family of Scientists

Growing up with chemists and rocket scientists led one writer to her debut novel.

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The Stories of Jane Gardam

The novelist's short fiction could prove as immersive as her award-winning longer works.

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Invisibles

How behind-the-scenes experts and artists defy a culture of narcissism.

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Death and Maslow

The author of Ruby on teaching Los Angeles' at-risk youth how to tell their own stories.

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I'm Gone

The story of a gallery owner's life is a study in surfaces.

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Dictionary of Untranslatables

From Abstraction to Welt, a new lexicon attempts to corral some truly Big Words.

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Bumblebees in the Balance

What's the buzz? A lively conservationist explains the beauty - and necessity - of our black-and-gold companions.

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I'll Be Right There

The author of Please Look After Mom turns to South Korea's turbulent 1980s in her new novel.

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My Struggle, Book Three: Boyhood

An unlikely Norwegian folk hero continues his sprawling odyssey.

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Further Joy

This short story from an enthralling new collection finds curious suburban fathers and daughters searching for connection.

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Golazo!

With World Cup–level prowess, a soccer fanatic delves into the beautiful game's Latin American heart.

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The Book of Unknown Americans

Crossing the U.S.-Mexican border with a family living in the Land of Opportunity's shadows.

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Proof: The Science of Booze

A spirited journey through the chemistry and psychology of libation.

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Under Magnolia

The author who famously moved to a sun-drenched European villa recollects her childhood in the American South.

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Lost for Words

A novelist shines mercilessly comic light on the insular world of literary prizes.

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The Humor Code

A doctor and a journalist span the globe to learn why we laugh.

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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
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).

Watching Them Be

What makes a film actor into a larger-than-life movie star? James Harvey's passionate, freewheeling essays explain why there are some faces (from Greta Garbo's to Samuel L. Jackson's) from which we cannot look away.

Landline

What if you called up the spouse on the verge of leaving you -- and instead found yourself magically talking to his younger self, the one you first fell for?  Rainbow Rowell, author of the YA smash Eleanor & Park, delivers a sly, enchanting take on 21st-century love.