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Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace

Thinking outside the box of twentieth-century office life.

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American Fun

An argument that wicked play outweighs hard work in our country's heritage.

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Before the Crash

Two new books drink in the excesses (and mornings after) of the Jazz Age.

 

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Falling Upwards

As the craze for ballooning swept Europe, scientists and thrill seekers alike sought a god's-eye-view.

 

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The Discovery of Middle Earth

How the Druids charted Europe (and the Romans took the credit).

 

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On Paper

How a civilization built itself out of wood pulp and ink.

 

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The Art of Controversy

The former editor of The Nation provides an illustrated tour of comic provocation and satire.

 

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My American Revolution

Can the ghost of 1776 be discerned in the highway-striped landscape of a twenty-first-century nation?

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Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend

The eventful life—and surprising legacy—of the original movie dog.

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97 Orchard

The history of a building on Manhattan's Lower East Side yields a portrait of immigrant New York in all of its richness. Read more...

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Still Life

An author's investigation into the surprisingly long-lived world of taxidermy. Read more...

July 25: On this day in 1834 Samuel Taylor Coleridge died of heart disease at the age of sixty-one.

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).