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Library Without Walls

The Ghost Stories of Lafcadio Hearn

 The uniquely chilling tales of an almost forgotten master of spectral fiction.

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Reader's Diary

The Weekend

The release of a terrorist raises uncomfortable questions about Germany's past, and present.

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The Speculator

Logical Surprise

Jane Smiley's history of the computer's genesis, and why science fiction never saw the Internet coming.

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Drawn to Read

Boozehound

From the proper way to handle Aquavit to a bar's worth of variations on the Manhattan, Ward Sutton follows this charming odyssey in a cocktail glass.

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The Thinking Read

The Berlin-Baghdad Express

The story of a German-Turkish railroad and Ottoman Empire's entry into World War I eerily foreshadows today's conflicts in the Middle East.

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Reading Romance

Not So Easy to Love

When the dashing hero is closed off from his own feelings, can love break through?

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Library Without Walls

A Visit to Don Otavio

Bruce Chatwin called Sybille Bedford's classic of travel writing a "book of marvels," and Michael Dirda agrees.

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Drawn to Read

Big Girls Don't Cry

Ward Sutton's visual review of Rebecca Traister's mashup of memoir and political history.

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Reader's Diary

A Life Like Other People's

The acclaimed British playwright details the shyness and madness that were his family inheritance.

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Rock & Roll &

Ain't That a Shame

Four biographies of rock'n'roll greats try to place music legend in the world of documentable fact.

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Reading Romance

'Til Death Do Us Part

Eloisa James on four novels that illustrate why weddings in romances need to be more than just happy endings.

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The Speculator

Zero History

A slyly potent thriller that cocks an eyebrow at our trend-maddened culture.

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Library Without Walls

The Long Ships

The masterpiece of a 20th-century Swedish historical novelist who belongs in the company of Dumas, Sabatini, and Patrick O'Brian.

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The Thinking Read

Exploring Happiness

From the Stoics to the psychology lab, a quest to understand what makes us happy.

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The Criminalist

The Legacy of Charlie Chan

Yunte Huang's new study of the fictional detective yields far more than the history of a stereotype.

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