The Unwinding

Winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Nonfiction.  George Packer gives voice to Americans grappling with a transformed nation in this panoramic, deeply felt portrait of small towns and once-thriving cities on the decline.  Our reviewer Brooke Allen found in Packer's true stories "the expansive fictional techniques of Charles Dickens and Victor Hugo."

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.

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