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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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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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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.