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Readers' picks

I am reading John Richardson's awe-inspiring biography A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years. His views are comprehensive, balanced, and amusing. It's by far the best work on the artist I have seen in English.– Patrick Parsons, Manila, Philippines

While I was on vacation escaping the Canadian snows, I came across Philip Freeman's The Philosopher and the Druids: A Journey Among the Ancient Celts. The book transports us back more than 2,000 years and carries the imagination into matters of thought and feeling many of us rarely delve into. – A.W. Lake, Stratford, Ontario

Soldier's Heart by Elizabeth Samet is funny, sad, thoughtful, and challenging. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys literature and academia but especially to those Americans who have no personal connection to the military.– Judy Lachance, Las Vegas

A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by Ekhart Tolle is exceptional spiritual and psychological food for all of us throughout the world in these challenging times.– Susanne Greenwood, Atlanta

The Book of Air and Shadows by Michael Gruber does for Shakespeare what "The Da Vinci Code" did for Leonardo. Coded 17th-century letters; the murder of a Shakespearean scholar; Russian gangsters following a mysterious bookstore clerk, her student lover, and a randy intellectual properties lawyer – it all makes for a fast-action drama.– Judy Weaver, Merrill, Wis.

The Invisible Wall: A Love Story that Broke Barriers by Harry Bernstein is the story of Bernstein's childhood in a working class neighborhood in England during the World War I era. It focuses on the love between his sister, a Jew, and their neighbor across the street, a Christian. – Carol Cummings, Polson, Mont.


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