A primer on one of the most neglected and powerful of virtues: taking time. Akiko Busch explores her theme with well-paced alertness, mixing reminiscences, observations of nature, and her attentive reading into a book that is filled wisdom, usefulness, and consolation.

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.