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The Bully Pulpit

The political battles and journalistic triumphs of the Progressive Era have never looked so timely.

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Sorry!: The English and Their Manners

A history of etiquette suggests its spiritual dimension.

 

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On Paper

How a civilization built itself out of wood pulp and ink.

 

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Art and Empathy: The National Book Award Fiction Finalists

A former NBA judge searches through the final five for a book that could change your life.

 

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American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell

Have we underestimated the artist who became our "national frame of reference"?

 

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The Signature of All Things

The author of Eat, Pray, Love spins a globetrotting tale of a 19th-century naturalist's quest for understanding.

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Self-Help Messiah

How a public speaking teacher won fame and influenced millions.

 

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Days of God

Imam vs. Autocrat: a look at the history and personalities behind the Iranian Revolution.

 

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The Haunted Bookshop

Christopher Morley's story of a bookseller's misadventures is packed with in-jokes for readers.

 

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Local Souls

Allen Gurganus's small-town portraits recall the grotesques of Sherwood Anderson's classic.

 

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Narcoland

The creation of a state of terror.

 

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The Goldfinch

The author of The Secret History and The Little Friend returns with a saga of obsession, art, crime, and loneliness.

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Confronting the Classics

An irreverent scholar's take-no-prisoners approach to antiquity.

 

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Knocking on Heaven's Door

Why postponing the end of life makes confronting it even more traumatic.

 

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A Guide for the Perplexed

The life of a medieval philosopher -- and the questions of mortality with which he grappled -- is braided with a modern story of technology and terror.

 

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