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Why Does the World Exist?

Wrestling with the eternal quandary at the heart of the universe.

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Which "Aesthetics" Do You Mean?

Leonard Koren offers a uniquely personal take on the question of what defines the beautiful.

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Fate, Time, and Language

An early work of bold philosophical inquiry by the celebrated novelist sheds light on a literary mind in the making.

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The Moral Landscape

A prominent "new atheist" argues reveal that morality falls well within the area of inquiry that is governed by science.

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The Second Sex

A new translation of the groundbreaking book that asked women to rethink everything they'd been taught.

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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).