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Another Great Day at Sea

What happens when a salty Brit becomes the writer-in-residence aboard the USS George H. W. Bush?

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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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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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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).