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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The Bully Pulpit

The political battles and journalistic triumphs of the Progressive Era have never looked so timely.

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Sorry!: The English and Their Manners

A history of etiquette suggests its spiritual dimension.

 

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On Paper

How a civilization built itself out of wood pulp and ink.

 

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Art and Empathy: The National Book Award Fiction Finalists

A former NBA judge searches through the final five for a book that could change your life.

 

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American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell

Have we underestimated the artist who became our "national frame of reference"?

 

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The Signature of All Things

The author of Eat, Pray, Love spins a globetrotting tale of a 19th-century naturalist's quest for understanding.

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Self-Help Messiah

How a public speaking teacher won fame and influenced millions.

 

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Days of God

Imam vs. Autocrat: a look at the history and personalities behind the Iranian Revolution.

 

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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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Local Souls

Allen Gurganus's small-town portraits recall the grotesques of Sherwood Anderson's classic.

 

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Narcoland

The creation of a state of terror.

 

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The Goldfinch

The author of The Secret History and The Little Friend returns with a saga of obsession, art, crime, and loneliness.

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Confronting the Classics

An irreverent scholar's take-no-prisoners approach to antiquity.

 

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Knocking on Heaven's Door

Why postponing the end of life makes confronting it even more traumatic.

 

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A Guide for the Perplexed

The life of a medieval philosopher -- and the questions of mortality with which he grappled -- is braided with a modern story of technology and terror.

 

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Countrymen

How Denmark's Jews escaped the Holocaust.

 

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Diagnosing Giants: Solving the Medical Mysteries of Thirteen Patients Who Changed the World

The injuries and illnesses that made history.

 

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The Circle

A young woman joins a rising tech firm with Orwellian ambitions.

 

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Book of Ages

She was the beloved sibling and correspondent of one of our nation's founders. Why haven't we heard the voice of Jane Franklin?

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The Childhood of Jesus

The author of Disgrace explores issues of conformity and creativity through an allegory that draws obliquely on the life of Christ.

 

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Le Pigeon: Cooking at the Dirty Bird

The recipes and wisdom of an exceptionally unusual eatery.

 

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The Long Awakening

A journalist recounts her harrowing ordeal during childbirth -- and after.

 

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Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War

Looking again at the causes and effects of the conflict that reshaped a continent, and history.

 

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Dissident Gardens

The author of Motherless Brooklyn turns his gaze on radicals and red-diaper babies coming of age in Queens.

 

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Five Days at Memorial

In Hurricane Katrina's aftermath, one hospital's isolation produced a nightmare for doctors and their patients.

 

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The System

Passing and receiving college football's triumphs and failures.

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April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

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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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
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.