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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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Beijing Coma

A Chinese family?s struggle with repression, echoing in the mind of a victim of Tiananmen Square. Read more...

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Dark Rainbow

Paul Di Filippo looks at four new books that showcase the capacious possibilities within fantasy?s darker reaches. Read more...

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Not in the Flesh

Ruth Rendell?s Inspector Wexford investigates an old body -- and continues to mourn society?s decline. Read more...

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While They Slept: An Inquiry into the Murder of a Family

An author?s obsession with an enigmatic atrocity leads to a surprising confrontation with the aftermath of violence. Read more...

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Note by Note: A Celebration of the Piano Lesson

The underappreciated importance of the piano lesson. Read more...

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The Library at Night

Memoir, history, and philosophy join together in the work of a committed bibliophile. Read more...

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Slumberland

A quest for sound takes a DJ to post-Cold War Berlin in this picaresque send-up of racial and cultural preconceptions. Read more...

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Of Weight and Loss: Four Memoirs

Sarah Norris on memoirs that chart attempts to reshape the self -- literally. Read more...

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Before Green Gables

Can a classic of children?s literature survive a prequel? A lifelong fan reports. Read more...

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This Land Is Their Land

The author of Nickel and Dimed takes aim at the powers that be. Read more...

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The Story of Forgetting

In this debut novel, both the burden of memory and the terror of its loss take their toll. Read more...

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Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond

The muse goes global in an international anthology of contemporary poetry. Read more...

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