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The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even

An obsessive-compulsive love story with a taste for Dada asks readers to pay close attention.

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Song of the Shank

The true story of a nineteenth-century musical prodigy becomes a novel about the depths words can't fathom.

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The Nile

Floating down the "great green" and back into Egypt's history.

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Enchanting Devices: Stuart Dybek's Short Fiction

Two new collections display the writer's evanescent spellcraft.

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The Speculator

Quiet Revolutions

Two visions of a future where language and technology meet -- with unsettling results.

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Interviews

Of Marriage and Mistresses: Ted Thompson & Maggie Shipstead

Two young talents on home, gender, dachshunds, and the books they never expected to write.

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West of the Revolution

Traveling beyond the Thirteen Colonies to the dangerous outer limits of America, 1776.

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A Reading Life

In the Wolf's Mouth

The Allies move from North Africa to encounter the Sicilian Mafia.

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How I Became a Writer in a Family of Scientists

Growing up with chemists and rocket scientists led one writer to her debut novel.

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The Stories of Jane Gardam

The novelist's short fiction could prove as immersive as her award-winning longer works.

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Invisibles

How behind-the-scenes experts and artists defy a culture of narcissism.

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Death and Maslow

The author of Ruby on teaching Los Angeles' at-risk youth how to tell their own stories.

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I'm Gone

The story of a gallery owner's life is a study in surfaces.

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Dictionary of Untranslatables

From Abstraction to Welt, a new lexicon attempts to corral some truly Big Words.

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Bumblebees in the Balance

What's the buzz? A lively conservationist explains the beauty - and necessity - of our black-and-gold companions.

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