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Reader's Diary

The Memory of Love

Echoes of Graham Greene can be heard in Aminatta Forna's tale of youth, love, politics and betrayal in Africa.

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Library Without Walls

The Idle Pleasures of Jerome K. Jerome

Michael Dirda on the comic Victorian charms of the author of Three Men in a Boat.

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The Speculator

The Universe Next Door

Brian Greene's audacious new book makes the case for the multiverse, in which everything that can happen, does.

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The Thinking Read

Examined Lives

Does philosophy help us to live well?

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Drawn to Read

Disaster Preparedness

A wry memoir of childhood in the pop-culture saturated 1970s and 1980s, from a widely-admired cultural critic.

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Rock & Roll &

Live Albums

The year in pop music: not momentous, so it happens, but still expanding.

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Rock & Roll &

The Dean's List: Christgau's Best of 2010

A critic's rundown of a year in pop music.

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Reader's Diary

Tablet & Pen

Reza Aslan's new collection unlocks a treasure trove of Middle Eastern writing.

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Reading Romance

Compatibility Tests

The most unlikely romantic pairings can produce the most appealing tales of love.

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Reader's Diary

An Object of Beauty

A tale of a "rake's progress" through a trend-maddened art world.

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Library Without Walls

Winter's Tales

A host of haunting stories, made to savor by a December fireside.

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Rock & Roll &

Discovering Teranga

A visit to Dakar in pursuit of Senegal's musical treasures.

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Drawn to Read

Postcards from a Year in Reading

Ward Sutton sends back souvenirs from a journey through the most notable books of 2010.

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The Speculator

Beyond the Horizon: 21st-Century SF

A look at the stories from the beginning of the century this genre's been dreaming about.

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Reading Romance

We Don't Need Another Hero

Romance meets reality in a world where the damsels aren't always the ones in real distress.

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