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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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The Thinking Read

Bomber County

Memoir, history, and personal journey, this book about poetry and the Second World War is a telling, poignant, and singular testament.

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Drawn to Read

Common as Air

An illustrated review of Lewis Hyde's new treatise about creativity in the public sphere.

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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...

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