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Thirteen funny and memorable short stories by master of the form Helen Simpson (Constitutional) journey into the comedy of the modern world, and return bearing larger truths. Her characters are people we know -- single women, businessmen, couples breaking up -- who are struggling with issues with which we all struggle: family, love, mortality. Simpson knows how to take readers to new destinations -- and doesn't stint on the amusements along the way.

July 22: On this day in 1941, on his twelfth wedding anniversary, Eugene O'Neill presented the just-finished manuscript of Long Day's Journey into Night to his wife, Carlotta.

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