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Loyalty: The Vexing Virtue

Do we underrate the value of faithfulness?

 

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Living in Parallel

Reading Brian Greene, Dezső Kosztolányi, and Henry James—and discovering the quandaries of the infinite.

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The Art of Asking Your Boss for a Raise

An unlikely guide to getting ahead in business, from the verbally inventive author of A Void.

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Where Good Ideas Come From

A stimulating and wide-ranging investigation of the genesis of innovation, by a culturally omnivorous reader and thinker (you'll learn a lot).

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The Honor Code

A philosopher argues for honor as a key moral concept—and as the catalyst for moral revolutions.

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July 22: On this day in 1941, on his twelfth wedding anniversary, Eugene O'Neill presented the just-finished manuscript of Long Day's Journey into Night to his wife, Carlotta.

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.