In this comic novel, the sequel to Lars Iyer's Spurious, two British academics -- narrator Lars and his friend W. -- journey across America on a literary lecture tour. In pubs and at bus stops along the way, they discuss religion, capitalism, and philosophical matters delivered with a droll sense of humor that buoys the weighty topics. A madcap road trip of the mind.

July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.