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  • South Wind

    Washington Post critic Michael Dirda weighs in on Norman Douglas' classic "South Wind" a 1917 novel that makes for hilarious and "utterly pagan" beach reading.

  • Showdown at Shepherd’s Bush

    'Showdown' is a peek into a fascinating moment in time at the Olympic Games.

  • Liar & Spy

    Newbery Medal winner Rebecca Stead's new children's book is a small masterpiece.

  • 'Shiloh 1862' and 'The Long Road to Antietam'

    Writer Winston Groom illuminates the personal side of a battle in 'Shiloh,' while Richard Slotkin's 'Antietam' is an eye-opening view of an engagement and a war.

  • Double Cross

    The wonderfully entertaining story of the spies who made D-Day possible is both improbable and true.

  • Harry Lipkin, Private Eye

    Harry Lipkin is the genuine article – an 87-year-old gumshoe, sporting dentures.

  • Resilience

    While some of the language is cumbersome, Andrew Zolli's book is a good place to start to understand the global economy.

  • The Lucky Ones

    One author’s fight for farm animals.

  • The Wives

    The six Russian literary wives profiled in this book went well beyond the call of duty to help their adored author-husbands.

  • Grandad, There's a Head on the Beach

    Sassy crime reporter Jimm Juree returns in Colin Cotterill's new mystery series set in Thailand.

  • Why Does the World Exist?

    A simple question proves thorny in Jim Holt's new book.

  • Where They Stand

    When it comes to picking presidents, voters may do as well as academics.

  • Bad Religion

    New York Times columnist Ross Douthat laments the substitution of "spiritualities" for orthodox Christianity.

  • Where the Bodies Are Buried

    This mystery is rooted in Glasgow's past.

  • The Candidate

    Popkin's book will fascinate campaign junkies with its capsule histories of past presidential runs.

  • James Joyce: A New Biography

    Gordon Bowker seeks the real James Joyce in the pages of his work. 

  • Cronkite

    Douglas Brinkley’s detailed new biography portrays an individual far more complex than we imagined.

  • Johnson’s Life of London

    The other eternal city: Boris Johnson brings a collection of famous Londoners to life.

  • Between the Lines

    Not all of the 'Between''s brain-teasers are resolved, but Picoult and van Leer's novel has a universal appeal.

  • Shooting Victoria

    Writer Paul Thomas Murphy's crisp prose provides a vivid look at the various assassination attempts against Queen Victoria.

 
 
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