The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation

The question of American slavery exploded into open war in 1861 -- but the deeper conflict was already a century old.

 

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The Parthenon Enigma

What can new analysis teach us about the secret history of a 2,500-year old monument?

 

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One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

Comic fiction from the actor and writer unveils a restless mind at work.

 

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Stanley Elkin: E-Book Lazarus

From a new collection of literary criticism comes the acerbic growl of a fiery comic mind.

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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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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 Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

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In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

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.