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A Reading Life

A Book of Secrets

An Italian villa and a haunting sculpture are at the center of a true story of wealth, obsession, and scandal.

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Reviews & Essays

Disaster Was My God

A fictionalized account of French poet--and decadent adventurer--Arthur Rimbaud's meteoric career.

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Nica's Dream

A new life of the European aristocrat who became the "Jazz Baroness."

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The Clamorgans

Following a prominent Midwestern clan through generations, and shifting identities.

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The Greater Journey

Following in the footsteps of nineteenth-century Americans in the City of Light.

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The Paper Garden

The fascinating artistry of an 18th century gentlewoman reveals a hidden world of creative expression in paper.

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The Hemlock Cup

Socrates's life and work, at home in Athens.

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Two Women's Modern Odyssey

How two American women, Sylvia Beach and Margaret Anderson, helped row James Joyce’s Ulysses to shore.

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The Eitingons

Tracing her family history leads the author into a forest of Cold War mysteries.

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