Storytelling is one of humanity's great luxuries, and you're likely to find no contemporary novel in which the storytelling is more luxurious than Michael Crummey's mythic novel of real and supernatural doings in a 19th-century Newfoundland fishing village. The award-winning fiction's characters and narrative ingenuity evoke Bible tales, One Hundred Years of Solitude, and—well, all the best rewards of being lost in a book.

July 23: Jessica Mitford died on this day in 1996.

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