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Washington Journal

A year in the life of a rookie reporter earning her stripes inside the frenzy of Watergate.

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Forever Young: Lizzie Skurnick Books

Bringing new life to the teen classics that made "YA" a literary genre.

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Two Serious Ladies

Jane Bowles's radical fiction was as defiantly unconventional as its author.

 

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The Time Regulation Institute

A new translation brings back a comic classic from the twilight of the Ottoman Empire.

 

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The Hunter and Other Stories

A fresh collection from the creator of Sam Spade and the Thin Man reveals a range that went beyond hard-boiled.

 

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The Haunted Bookshop

Christopher Morley's story of a bookseller's misadventures is packed with in-jokes for readers.

 

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Turtle Diary

A poignant novel of two lost souls and a dream of freedom, from the author of Riddley Walker.

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My Autobiography

The comedic icon of the silent film era unspools the drama of a suitably dramatic life -- in his own voice.

 

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The Zone: A Prison Camp Guard's Story

A story of life in a Russian prison camp, by turns comic and shockingly honest.

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July 23: Jessica Mitford died on this day in 1996.

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.