This Beautiful Life

Ripped from current headlines, yet artfully enhanced, Helen Schulman's novel about the dire outcome of an adolescent sexting incident transcends mere journalism to become a Dreiserian examination of privilege, parenting, scandal, and cyberculture. One boy's mistakes reverberate throughout his family, community, and the interconnected global culture.

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.