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Call Me Burroughs: A Life

The author of Naked Lunch led a life as darkly outrageous as his fiction.

 

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Perfect

A pair of damaged souls try to knit together worlds unraveled by circumstance.

 

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The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation

The question of American slavery exploded into open war in 1861 -- but the deeper conflict was already a century old.

 

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The Parthenon Enigma

What can new analysis teach us about the secret history of a 2,500-year old monument?

 

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One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

Comic fiction from the actor and writer unveils a restless mind at work.

 

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Stanley Elkin: E-Book Lazarus

From a new collection of literary criticism comes the acerbic growl of a fiery comic mind.

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Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot

A whimsical protest in Russia earned three women the wrath of the government -- and a chance at heroism.

 

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Dept. of Speculation

A novel of a writer's life at a crossroads -- as seen through snapshots from the mind's eye.

 

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The Undercover Economist Strikes Back

A cordial look at our recession's slow recovery has all the answers, and the questions to boot.

 

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Silence Once Begun

The story of a set of mysterious disappearances in Japan takes readers down a rabbit hole of deceit.

 

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Before the Crash

Two new books drink in the excesses (and mornings after) of the Jazz Age.

 

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Orfeo

A National Book Award winner's gripping tale of a music teacher who's branded a terrorist.

 

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The Scent of Pine

A road trip to Maine offers a Russian immigrant transportive memories of her past, and a prospective ally in her future.

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The Death Class

How one professor helps students who've faced death understand what it means.

 

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Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas

The life (and near-death) of the Crescent City, inventively mapped.

 

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