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  • Over Time

    Deford's new memoir captures his polished crustiness.

  • Jasmine and Fire

    What do you do when war-torn Beirut – thousands of miles from where you work and live – is the city that feels most like home?

  • The Ocean of Life

    One of the world’s most prominent and articulate marine scientists gives us an updated, comprehensive, and engaging account of the ongoing crisis beneath the waves.

  • Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock ‘n’ Roll

    This intelligent examination of the career of Bruce Springsteen traces the rock icon's ability to balance two disparate identities.

  • More Powerful Than Dynamite

    Author Thai Jones is an assured narrator and brings the book's setting of 1914 New York vividly to life.

  • Love, Fiercely

    'Love, Fiercely' is evocative and often captivating, but Zimmerman is forced too often to speculate about her historical subjects.

  • The Influencing Machine

    NPR’s Brooke Gladstone entertainingly recounts media history in a graphic novel.

  • Digital Vertigo

    Are Facebook and Twitter really forms of "an absurd global prison where we are all forced to live in public?” Author and Silicon Valley entrepreneur Andrew Keen is afraid that the answer is yes.

  • Carole King

    Carole King's memoir is short on musical details, but long on the artist's personal saga.

  • Just Send Me Word

    The letters of a young Soviet couple tell of Gulag life and love.

  • Truth Like the Sun

    Writer Jim Lynch skillfully crafts parallel stories to create a relentless novel.

  • On the Eve

    The focus in this book about the approach of the Holocaust is not Adolf Hitler and the Nazis but the European Jews themselves.

  • Thomas Hart Benton: A Life

    Biographer Justin Wolff makes a strong case that Thomas Hart Benton played a central role as American art moved into the modern era.

  • Beastly Things

    Guido Brunetti of the Venetian Commissario di Polizia returns – and we're glad to see him.

  • Running With the Kenyans

    In a move that is alternately naive, courageous, and entertaining, British journalist Adharanand Finn transplants to Kenya to learn from the world's best runners.

  • The Wind Through the Keyhole

    The Wind Through the Keyhole" – a "Dark Tower"-related novel set in the fictional Mid-World – is unlikely to be ranked among Stephen King’s top works, but it's still plenty entertaining.

  • The Aleppo Codex

    The most accurate Biblical codex in Jewish tradition – a book revered both for its linguistic precision and its beauty – has been a victim of intentional deceit and government cover-ups.

  • A Sense of Direction

    This first-rate travel book is – like all the best travel books – most fascinating when it has the author at its center.

  • A Disposition to Be Rich

    The author's great-grandfather was the Bernie Madoff of his age – a Ponzi schemer and con man who cheated a US president and kidnapped his own son.

  • All Woman and Springtime

    Although somewhat comparable to "Memoirs of a Geisha," this tale of North Korean women forced into the sex trade is a darker, crueler story.

 
 
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