The most interesting, useful, and liberating book of advice this year, economist John Kay's argument for the efficacy of indirection is both intuitive and practical, supported with examples from business, politics, sports, parenting, and literature. The best path to both goals and satisfaction, says Kay persuasively, is most surely an indirect one.

July 29: On this day in 1878 Don Marquis was born.

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