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Ring Lardner: Stories & Other Writings

The master ventriloquist of the American vernacular in all its comic variety.

 

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Archangel

Five stories follow seekers of knowledge in the natural world.

 

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The Old Filth Trilogy

A century-spanning epic of bittersweet marriages and friendships concludes.

 

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The Selected Letters of Willa Cather

Revealing the candid passions and ambitions of the austere O Pioneers! author.

 

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Ashenden

A tale of an English estate -- and those who cherish, neglect, and covet it.

 

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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

A critic looks back at her favorite read of the year.

 

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Great Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens

Their father was universally beloved, but growing up Dickens led, more often than not, to hard times.

 

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The Watchers

The network of spies and secret police that kept Good Queen Bess in power.

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Commander: The Life and Exploits of Britain's Greatest Frigate Captain

The unsung deeds of a hero of the Royal Navy.

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Escape Velocity: A Charles Portis Miscellany

The True Grit author's short work reveals the range of an inimitable and hilarious American voice.

 

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Lucky Jim and The Old Devils

The alpha and omega of a comic novelist's oeuvre.

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Darkness on the Prairie

Reading Laura Ingalls Wilder's surprisingly dark American epic.

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Enthusiasms

A historian goes on the hunt for the details of literary lives most of us overlook.

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The Greatest Game

Two new books unveil the work of the double agents who ran circles around the Nazis.

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Harry Lipkin, Private Eye

A geriatric gumshoe takes the case.

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