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Rock & Roll &

Maturity for Modern Kids

The grown-up anthems of Arcade Fire. Read more...

Reader's Diary

Comedy in a Minor Key

An urgent moral fable set in Nazi-occupied Holland, Keilson's novel proves that even death guaranteed no escape from the terror of the war.

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Library Without Walls

James Lees-Milne

The life, times, and seductions of James Lees-Milne (1908-1997), England's greatest 20th-century diarist.

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The Speculator

Rocket Men Redux

Is it time to resume our imaginative flights to other planets?

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Reading Romance

Twice-Told Tales

Four new romances that twist old plots—from Cinderella to Cyrano, Pygmalion to Jane Eyre—to fit these times.

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The Thinking Read

The Philosophical Baby

Alison Gopnik pulls profound questions out of the minds of babes. Read more...

Reader's Diary

The Fall of the House of Walworth

A true-life tale of madness, scandal, and murder in Gilded Age New York.

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Drawn to Read

So Cold the River

Ward Sutton's illustrated review of Michael Koryta's new thriller about an old hotel, a long-dead local tyrant, and one strange bottle of water.

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The Speculator

The Castle in Transylvania

A new translation of a little-known classic helps remind us of Jules Verne's genius.

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Rock & Roll &

Illygirl Steppin Up

The boundary-eroding music of M.I.A. mashes the personal and the political with toughness, wit, and beats. Read more...

The Criminalist

Mysteries for Teens

Works of detection and suspense for young readers who crave a thrill.

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Reading Romance

Clueless: Teens in Love

Eloisa James on great love stories for younger readers.

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Reader's Diary

Nine Lives

An acclaimed travel writer and history explores the enduring religious inheritance of India through fascinating portraits of nine individuals.

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Library Without Walls

The Letters of Pliny the Younger

The correspondence of an Roman administrator reveals the mind of the ancient world's consummate "insider." Read more...

The Thinking Read

Tocqueville's Discovery of America

Retracing the young French thinker's steps, and thoughts, as he met a brave New World.

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