Heart of the City

Perfect reading in your Valentine's Day afterglow: in this nonfiction study of nine urban romances, Ariel Sabar illustrates that it's not always biology that dictates love's destiny—sometimes it's location, location, location. He winningly depicts New York City as a gigantic Rube Goldberg device for tossing people together and inspiring unexpected intimacy.

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.

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