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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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April 17: "In less than three years, both GM and Chrysler would be bankrupt, and a resurgent Ford would wow Wall Street..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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