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The Best Sports Writing of Pat Jordan

A collection of idiosyncratic, often revelatory portraits of athletes on the field and off. Read more...

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The Rain Before it Falls

The mysterious legacy of an audiotape unspools in a work that blends suspense and elegy. Read more...

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Accident: A Philosophical and Literary History

How the concept of accident, from Aristotle to Buster Keaton, has shaped the way we understand the world. Read more...

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Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood

The story of Bonnie and Clyde and The Graduate becomes a tale of a pivotal moment in American moviemaking. Read more...

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The Spa

Fay Weldon channels Boccaccio from inside the hot tub. Read more...

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The Life of the Skies: Birding at the End of Nature

A journalist turned birder examines the connection between the human and avian soul. Read more...

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Toga Tabloid: The Lives of the Caesars

Michael Dirda on the gripping, gossipy style of the Roman historian Suetonius. Read more...

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Homecoming

The author of The Reader returns with the tale of a search for a lost father -- and a confrontation with a Nazi apologist's past. Read more...

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Let 'Em Play!

Jon Sciescka's new Trucktown books take a stand: kids just want to have fun. Read more...

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Comedy at the Edge: How Stand-Up in the 1970's Changed America

The heirs of Lenny Bruce and the comedy world they made. Read more...

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The Modern Element

A celebrated critic oversees the landscape of contemporary verse. Read more...

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Beautiful Children

A child disappears into the heart of a Las Vegas night. Read more...

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Lincoln & The Court

An account of Lincoln's wartime struggles on the legal front. Read more...

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Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky

Katherine A. Powers on the brooding, dipsomaniac London of Patrick Hamilton. Read more...

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A Short History of the American Stomach

An analysis of the culture of consumption -- literally speaking. Read more...

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