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Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72

Fresh off his hallucinogenic chronicle of Las Vegas, the founder of Gonzo journalism staggered his way through a presidential election -- and delivered a political classic. Read more...

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Palace Council

The author of The Emperor of Ocean Park pens a story of political intrigue in the era of Watergate. Read more...

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The Forsaken: An American Tragedy in Stalin's Russia

Thousands of Americans immigrated to the USSR in pursuit of a socialist utopia. What happened to them? Read more...

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The Legend of Colton H. Bryant

Seeking the extraordinary in the life of "ordinary" man from Wyoming. Read more...

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Flaw

Pulling back the curtain on a Polish writer?s darkly satiricial mastery. Read more...

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Shadow Country: Nature and History

John Freeman looks at landscape, fiction, and history in Peter Matthiesen?s refashioned Florida epic. Read more...

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Rome 1960: The Olympics That Changed the World

At the Cold War's height, the Olympic Games were also a proxy battle between superpowers. Read more...

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The End

A debut novel about unrest in an immigrant neighborhood channels Faulkner and Joyce. Read more...

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Bottlemania

Is it time to get rid of bottled water? And is tap water truly the answer? Read more...

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How Fiction Works

The iconoclastic literary critic examines the inner workings of the novel. Read more...

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The Novels of John P. Marquand

The subtle, powerful satire of a writer who focused on the close-at-hand. Read more...

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The Secret Scripture

An aging denizen of a mental institution unfolds the story of her youth -- and the secrets that led to her incarceration. Read more...

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Woman of Rome: A Life of Elsa Morante

The dramatic life of an iconoclastic Italian writer. Read more...

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Empires of the Sea: The Siege of Malta, the Battle of Lepanto, and the Contest for the Center of the World

The 16th-century clash of two civilizations produced some of the most memorable -- and bloody -- maritime battles in history. Read more...

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A Case of Exploding Mangoes

A sharp-eyed cadet navigates the Kafkaesque terrain of Pakistan?s military hierarchy in this debut novel. Read more...

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