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Heart of the City

Perfect reading in your Valentine's Day afterglow: in this nonfiction study of nine urban romances, Ariel Sabar illustrates that it's not always biology that dictates love's destiny—sometimes it's location, location, location. He winningly depicts New York City as a gigantic Rube Goldberg device for tossing people together and inspiring unexpected intimacy.

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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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