Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot

A whimsical protest in Russia earned three women the wrath of the government -- and a chance at heroism.

 

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Dept. of Speculation

A novel of a writer's life at a crossroads -- as seen through snapshots from the mind's eye.

 

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The Undercover Economist Strikes Back

A cordial look at our recession's slow recovery has all the answers, and the questions to boot.

 

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Silence Once Begun

The story of a set of mysterious disappearances in Japan takes readers down a rabbit hole of deceit.

 

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Before the Crash

Two new books drink in the excesses (and mornings after) of the Jazz Age.

 

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Orfeo

A National Book Award winner's gripping tale of a music teacher who's branded a terrorist.

 

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The Scent of Pine

A road trip to Maine offers a Russian immigrant transportive memories of her past, and a prospective ally in her future.

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The Death Class

How one professor helps students who've faced death understand what it means.

 

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Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas

The life (and near-death) of the Crescent City, inventively mapped.

 

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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 Secret History of Las Vegas

A mystery in the Nevada desert has roots in the terrible legacy of apartheid.

 

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On Deck: Twelve to Watch for in 2014

A dozen books we're eagerly awaiting in the new year.

 

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Tales of Terroir

Wine tasting with two very distinctive palates.

 

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Roth Unbound: A Writer and His Books

Can the work of a novelist who has made an art out of his alter egos be illuminated by a chronicle of his life?

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Dedicated to God

An oral history of the lives of the cloistered sheds light on life behind the walls of an American monastery.

 

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Not Realism, Just Real

Radical Polish mermaids, post-punk post-apocalypse, and record-setting kisses round out the year in YA reading.

 

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Editors' Picks for 2013: Nonfiction

The most intriguing, arresting, and informative works of nonfiction for 2013

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Editors' Picks for 2013: Fiction

Fifteen highlights from a glorious year for imaginative literature.

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Falling Upwards

As the craze for ballooning swept Europe, scientists and thrill seekers alike sought a god's-eye-view.

 

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The Streak

Elmore Leonard on fire.

 

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The Discovery of Middle Earth

How the Druids charted Europe (and the Romans took the credit).

 

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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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Cow Country

Two new books chart the journey of meat and dairy from farm to table.

 

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Old Man River

"The Father of Waters" shaped more than its meandering banks.

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The Hidden White House

President Truman confronted a postwar world in collapse -- and a collapsing home to boot.

 

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Hawthorn & Child

A philosophical detective story finds a dream state on the streets of London.

 

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Pinkerton's Great Detective

The undercover private eye who took on organized crime in the Wild West.

 

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Monsters: The 1985 Chicago Bears and the Wild Heart of Football

Rebellion, innovation, and a taste for brutality were all part of a championship season.

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Dallas 1963

How darkness gathered in a Texas city.

 

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At Night We Walk in Circles

An actor's journey into a mysterious role plays out against the aftermath of a dictatorial regime.

 

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April 17: "In less than three years, both GM and Chrysler would be bankrupt, and a resurgent Ford would wow Wall Street..."

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.