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Behind the Beautiful Forevers

An award-winning reporter's "uncompromising and important" new look at daily life in a Mumbai slum.

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The Last Holiday: A Memoir

An unclassifiable musician on a life spent transmuting suffering into music.

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Howard Cosell: The Man, the Myth, and the Transformation of American Sports

The voice! The ego! The drama!

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Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr

A Hollywood star's inventive legacy.

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Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

The jewels, the gowns, the lovers, and the will to power of a remarkable ruler.

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Steve Jobs

Portrait of a restless innovator.

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Buckley: William F. Buckley Jr. and the Rise of American Conservatism

A history of the charming intellectual's role in nailing together the American conservative movement.

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Disaster Was My God

A fictionalized account of French poet--and decadent adventurer--Arthur Rimbaud's meteoric career.

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Nica's Dream

A new life of the European aristocrat who became the "Jazz Baroness."

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The Clamorgans

Following a prominent Midwestern clan through generations, and shifting identities.

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The Greater Journey

Following in the footsteps of nineteenth-century Americans in the City of Light.

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The Paper Garden

The fascinating artistry of an 18th century gentlewoman reveals a hidden world of creative expression in paper.

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The Hemlock Cup

Socrates's life and work, at home in Athens.

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Two Women's Modern Odyssey

How two American women, Sylvia Beach and Margaret Anderson, helped row James Joyce’s Ulysses to shore.

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The Eitingons

Tracing her family history leads the author into a forest of Cold War mysteries.

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April 16: ""Blue pottery vases and bowls for flowers are most attractive, and certain blue books...will repeat and emphasize color."

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.