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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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The Speculator

Who Fears Death

A young heroine navigates post-apocalyptic Africa in an ambitious hybrid of fantasy and science fiction. Read more...

Drawn to Read

Ilustrado

Ward Sutton's illustrated review of Miguel Syuco's dazzling new tale of an author's mysterious death.

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Rock & Roll &

Who Knows It Feels It

Before Bob Marley was a visionary and culture hero, he was a musician.

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Reading Romance

Presumed Innocent

Eloisa James is surprised—and delighted—by the winning innocence of the heroines of five new romance novels.

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The Thinking Read

Cro-Magnon

Cro-Magnon interlopers displaced the Neanderthals who once roamed over prehistoric Europe. What made them different?

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Public and Private

Hunger Artists

Originality, plagiarism, and creativity—Andrew Keen on Helene Hegemann, Reality Hunger, and The Authenticity Hoax.

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