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Octavia, Daughter of God

In 1919, a group of English women received a life-changing revelation: the incarnation of God lived in their midst.

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The Rockets' Red Glare

A new history of "the Rodney Dangerfield of America's wars."

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The Unexamined Orwell

Scholars have pored over his writing, but the life of the author of 1984 and Animal Farm remains mysterious.

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Becoming Ray Bradbury

The legendary sci-fi writer's growth from high school student to master of imagination.

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Amazing Dogs

A "Cabinet of Canine Curiosities" that chronicles four-legged feats, both mythical and real.

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Confessions of a Young Novelist

A "characteristically sly" memoir of the writer's work as an architect of meticulously detailed fictions. 

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The Hollywood Sign

 The history of an icon so entrenched it seems to have grown right out of the hillside.

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Craving Earth

The strange and complex history of pica—the practice of eating dirt.

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The Art of Great Speeches

 What separates a great orator from a tedious windbag? And does it matter?

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Music for Silenced Voices

Beauty and dread in the quartets Shostakovich created in Stalin's shadow.

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The Great Archimedes

The legendary mathematician and his tragic fate.

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Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley

A new life of one of the great masters of Hollywood spectacle, a restless and reckless pursuer of excess.

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Geographies of Mars

The Red Planet has inspired scientific fantasies ranging from little green men to monstrous canal-builders.

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Infinite City

Twenty-two versions of San Francisco, in the form of revelatory, provocative maps.

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Andrew Marvell: The Chameleon

The poet remembered for his witty treatment of love lived on the razor's edge of 17th-century political intrigue.

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Barbecue

Was the pig roast the most important discovery Europeans made in the New World?

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Create Dangerously

The award-winning novelist on the suffering in her Haitian birthplace, and the role of the immigrant artist.

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The Last Utopia

An argument that one of the core beliefs of our age was only recently invented.

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A Short History of Celebrity

A cultural historian tracks the rise and rise of the culture of fame, from Byron to Cary Grant and beyond.

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April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysely Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.

The Promise of Hope

Killed last year in the infamous terror attack at Nairobi's Westgate mall, Kofi Awoonor was a national treasure in his native Ghana.  His career began in 1964 with Rediscovery, and this magnum opus serves as a tribute to his entire long journey charting his beloved nation's course through his accomplished poetry.

Winter Mythologies and Abbots

A pair of linked stories finds that, as translator Ann Jefferson relates, "[Pierre] Michon's great theme is the precarious balance between belief and imposture, and the way the greatest aspirations can be complicated by physical desire or the equally urgent desire for what he calls glory."