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Library Without Walls

Wintry Mix

An inviting pile of season's readings -- magical, mysterious, and mirthful.

 

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Reader's Diary

Getting Away With Murder

Half a decade after her death, Benazir Bhutto's assassination still haunts Pakistan.

 

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A Reading Life

Gold: The Race for the World's Most Seductive Metal

This history of an element's grip on human imagination -- and the  devastating consequences of that fascination.

 

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The Speculator

New Vessels: A Critic's SF Picks for 2013

Thirteen works of fantasy and science fiction that register fresh visions.

 

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Reading in Common

Charmers Return

An annual rundown of books as diverting as they are thought-provoking.

 

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University Presses

Slow Reading in a Hurried Age

Rules for readers in an era when distraction is de rigueur.

 

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Crime and Punishment

Most Wanted: Critic's Picks for 2013

The finest heists, murders, capers, cops, robbers, and investigations from a year of great mysteries.

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The Speculator

Burning Paradise

In this Twilight Zone–esque novel, we really are surrounded.

 

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Reading Romance

Taking Me Back: The Best of 2013

A novel approach to judging the best romance of the year.

 

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A Reading Life

Death of the Black-Haired Girl

An ominously mysterious murder in a college town leads a professor into a psychic abyss.

 

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Reading in Common

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage

Compassion is the central theme in these essays from the author of State of Wonder and Bel Canto.

 

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A Reading Life

Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World

The author of Gulliver's Travels was a wit, a ladies' man, a champion of the oppressed -- and a mystery.

 

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Rock & Roll &

The Cynic and the Bloke

On tour with Donald Fagen and Rod Stewart.

 

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Reader's Diary

Firefly

A novelist makes chamber drama out of Noël Coward's Jamaican twilight.

 

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Crime and Punishment

The Hired Man

The aftermath of atrocities in the former Yugoslavia unspools in a tale of secrets, revelations, and aching suspense.

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