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The Melancholy Fate of Capt. Lewis

The famous -- and troubled -- explorer of the West, seen through the eyes of a teacher obsessed with his legacy. Read more...

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American Visionary

A new box set captures the versatile director John Ford coming of age as a film giant. Read more...

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Rhett Butler's People

A new sequel to Gone with the Wind offers an updated version of the Civil War saga-- and of Margaret Mitchell's enigmatic antihero. Read more...

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Picture Gallery: Art Books of the Year

From the beauty of nature's architecture to the innovations of a fashion genius, a cornucopia of visual delights. Read more...

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The Gift: Art, Imagination, and the Power of the Creative Spirit

A classic analysis of creativity, culture, and the idea of property returns in a new edition. Read more...

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Books for Kids: A Scouting Report

A librarian offers guidance on child-pleasing selections for every age. Read more...

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Alice: Alice Roosevelt Longworth, from White House Princess to Washington Power Broker

The life of a president's daughter and political gadfly. Read more...

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What Orwell Didn't Know: Propaganda and the New Face of American Politics

A new collection of essays revisits Orwell's classic warning about the misuse of language. Read more...

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Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You

Dry wit and dreams of the wide-open prairie are coping strategies in Peter Cameron's new coming-of-age tale. Read more...

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The Paris Review Interviews, Volume II

A new volume of conversations with writers from Faulkner to Franzen. Read more...

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What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848

A sweeping new history of America in the age of Andrew Jackson and "manifest destiny." Read more...

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Valley Boy: The Education of Tom Perkins

A tech-industry mogul shares (some of) the details of life as a billionaire.
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Free for All: Oddballs, Geeks, and Gangstas in the Public Library

A librarian chronicles the anything-but-peaceful scene at the circulation desk. Read more...

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Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black: and Other Stories

New stories from the Nobel laureate and longtime student of the human comedy. Read more...

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Have Gun, Will Travel

Sarah Weinman finds that death rather frequently takes a holiday -- or at least maintains a second home in Venice. Read more...

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