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  • The Sisters of Sinai

    How a pair of wealthy identical twins made one of the most significant scriptural discoveries in history.

  • Classic review: The Name of the Rose

    Semiotics intertwines with murder in this mystery set in a medieval abbey.

  • Homer's Odyssey

    The story of life with a remarkable blind cat.

  • That Old Cape Magic

    Wry humor and middle-aged meditation give flavor to Richard Russo’s novel about two beach-side weddings.

  • Young Woman & the Sea

    The life of Trudy Ederle, first woman to swim the English Channel.

  • The Snakehead

    Journalist Patrick Radden Keefe follows the story of the boss of a human smuggling ring.

  • The Maples Stories

    John Updike’s 18 stories charting the marriage and divorce of Joan and Richard Maples.

  • Strength in What Remains

    Tracy Kidder’s true story about a Tutsi medical student who fled to the US illustrates the power of forgiveness.

  • Classic book review: Possession

    A.S. Byatt's stunning novel about books and their readers.

  • Benny & Shrimp

    Two warm-hearted titles for late-summer reads.

  • The Calligrapher’s Daughter

    A novel set during the 30-year oppression of Korea by the Japanese.

  • Born Round

    Former New York Times restaurant critic Frank Bruni writes movingly of his love-hate relationship with food.

  • How Rome Fell

    Rome’s decline began at the top, contends British historian Adrian Goldsworthy.

  • The Immortals

    The gap between ambition and reality is examined in this novel about two music-loving Bombay families.

  • South of Broad

    Pat Conroy’s first novel in 14 years follows a group of young friends on into adult life.

  • Classic review: March

    Mr. March, from 'Little Women,' enlists to fight for equality.

  • Velva Jean Learns to Drive

    A coming-of-age tale about a young girl growing up in Appalachia in the decade before World War II.

  • The Book of William

    The story of Shakespeare’s First Folio – the most valuable secular book in the world.

  • The Slippery Year

    Twelve monthly essays that take a writer through a year of challenge with humor, heart, and plenty of self-deprecation.

  • The Age of Wonder

    Richard Holmes paints a different picture of the Romantic Age, one in which scientific discovery and artistic creation shared close company.

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