Central Park

Consider the paradox: For more than a century, one of the iconic elements of the concrete-encased island of Manhattan has been the 800-plus acres of verdant green at its heart. This literary celebration of the park's unique charms, which- which collects work from authors including Paul Auster, Jonathan Safran Foer, Bill Buford, and Susan Cheever, is as varied and inviting as its namesake. Take it to the nearest spot of green, spread a blanket, and enjoy.

July 27: The American novelist and critic Elizabeth Hardwick was born on this day in 1916.

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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