Reader's Diary

Firefly

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

 

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The First Muslim

Is it possible to write the mind of a prophet?

 

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Sweet Tooth

The author of Atonement launches a tale of narrative deception from the spy games of a dying Cold War.

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George Orwell: Diaries

The journals of one of the twentieth century's most powerful voices contain the seeds of the ideas his books explored.

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Ride a Cockhorse

Raymond Kennedy's ribald comedy pinned a satire of late-1980s excess on a small-town banker's sudden mania.

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Pale Blue Ink in a Lady's Hand

A fresh translation of a classic novel unveils an Austrian life overshadowed by the rise of fascism.

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How It All Began

A delicate network -- and a vulnerability to chaos -- connect the characters in this thoughtful comedy.

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If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home

The history of domestic life, the author argues, tells the story of our deepest secrets.

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Tolstoy: A Russian Life

A new life of the writer focuses on Tolstoy's place in a changing Russian society.

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The Forgotten Waltz

From the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Gathering comes a new novel that reckons the cost of love.

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Wendy and the Lost Boys: The Uncommon Life of Wendy Wasserstein

A new biography of the playwright explores the secrets she guarded so closely.

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Turn of Mind

A once-brilliant surgeon battles Alzheimer's disease. But is she forgetting a monstrous crime? 

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A Life Like Other People's

The acclaimed British playwright details the shyness and madness that were his family inheritance.

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The Fall of the House of Walworth

A true-life tale of madness, scandal, and murder in Gilded Age New York.

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Nine Lives

An acclaimed travel writer and history explores the enduring religious inheritance of India through fascinating portraits of nine individuals.

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