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A Long Day at the End of the World

Deep in the heart of Georgia, an undertaker's secret refuses to stay buried.

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Valediction: Maurice Sendak's Final Voyage

In My Brother's Book, the beloved author delivers an elegant elegy and swan song.

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The Reenactments

What happens to your memories when you watch De Niro play your dad?

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The Pinecone

How an English church was transformed into a work of highly personal art.

 

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Travels with Epicurus

A Mediterranean quest combines with a philosophic take on aging.

 

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Ghost Milk

London's "psychogeographer" looks at the transformations wrought by Olympic spectacle.

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Seize the Fourth Dimension: The Novels of Clarice Lispector

The "dizzying, euphoric" prose of a trailblazing Brazilian writer, in a new series of translations.

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Zona: A Book about a Film about a Journey to a Room

A critic takes a scene-by-scene journey through a masterpiece of cinema.

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The Cult of LEGO

How the blocks and "minifigs" have leapt the gap from toy to obsession.

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Believing Is Seeing

The Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker explores the nature of truth in photographs.

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Say Her Name

A distraught novelist remembers, mourns, and celebrates his lost love.

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Year's Best Reading: Beyond Category

Our editors choose their ten favorite unclassifiable books of the year.

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Encyclopedia of the Exquisite

A collection of "uncommon delicacies," curated with care and garnished with wit.

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The Box

In a teasing blend of fiction and memoir, the provocative writer turns the camera on the inner lives of his children.

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Finishing the Hat

An emotionally layered, searchingly intelligent musical memoir, with lyrics and commentary.

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Cartographies of Time

A fascinating new illustrated history looks at how we visualize the vast territory of the past.

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Nox

Anne Carson recollects her brother in a remarkable elegy.

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April 18: "[W]ould it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament…?"

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.