The Museum of Innocence

Now in paperback, just in time for me to tell you that this generous novel, by the 2006 Nobel Laureate, Orhan Pamuk, remains the most captivating fiction I've read in the past year. An exploration of time and desire told through the enduring devotion of a businessman to the object of his youthful infatuation, it is also a poignant love letter to the author's native Istanbul.

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.