• Michelangelo: A Life in Six Masterpieces

    Michelangelo: A Life in Six Masterpieces

    By MILES J. UNGER

    An accessible and lively new biography traces the mythic, disruptive life of one of art’s true icons. Review by Adam Kirsch.

  • F

    F

    By DANIEL KEHLMANN; Translated by CAROL BROWN JANEWAY

    A literary puzzle from a celebrated German novelist invites the reader into a world of games. Review by Tom LeClair.

  • In the Kingdom of Ice: Hampton Sides

    In the Kingdom of Ice: Hampton Sides

    The author of Ghost Soldiers tracks the fate of a doomed Arctic expedition whose scientific discoveries have new urgency. A Conversation with Bill Tipper.

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The Narrow Road to the Deep North

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Bob, Son of Battle

Bob, Son of Battle

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New Selected Poems

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The outlandish vision of an Australian poet.

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Dirty Work

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