Why George Eliot's Victorian life still instructs -- and delights.
An annual, opinionated rundown of the best of a year in listening.
Our listener-in-residence on his year in music.
Two new books drink in the excesses (and mornings after) of the Jazz Age.
A novel based on a Japanese folktale traces a journey of redemptive magic, art, and love.
A National Book Award winner's gripping tale of a music teacher who's branded a terrorist.
A road trip to Maine offers a Russian immigrant transportive memories of her past, and a prospective ally in her future.
Crimes of the heart throw a perceptive woman into a suspenseful courtroom drama.
The author of effervescent transatlantic fiction maps the Middle America of her forebears.
The adventures of Jim Harrison's "wonderful backwoods nitwit" are collected in one rollicking set of linked tales.
How one professor helps students who've faced death understand what it means.
The life (and near-death) of the Crescent City, inventively mapped.
A new translation brings back a comic classic from the twilight of the Ottoman Empire.
The celebrated novelist turns his darkly comic gaze on his own childhood.
A mystery in the Nevada desert has roots in the terrible legacy of apartheid.
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