Red Plenty

Noted for his free-wheeling and eclectic nonfiction,  Francis Spufford offers a debut novel that brilliantly displays his researcher's talents along with a new flair for science-fictional world-building. Painting a vivid portrait of the near-mythic 1950s period of the Soviet Empire, when the planned economy seemed seemed likely to outpace capitalism's free market, Spufford conjures up a deluded Russian era when ideological wishful thinking became state policy.

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.

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