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READING IN COMMON

The Wright Brothers

The Wright Brothers

By DAVID McCULLOUGH

As the famed duo of air travel take flight, renowned historian McCullough crafts “an uplifting reminder that success lies not just in achievements but in how you respond to setbacks.” Review by Heller McAlpin.

Posted by × May 18, 2015 ×

A READING LIFE

A God in Ruins

A God in Ruins

By KATE ATKINSON

In a sequel to her exceptional novel “Life After Life”, the author presents the life of a gentle British pilot – with a story bound to spark conversation.

Posted by × May 12, 2015 ×

BEYOND CATEGORY

Maggie Nelson’s Family Matters

Maggie Nelson’s Family Matters

Grace Bello on the making of an American family, and questions of gender raised in Nelson’s criticism and daring new memoir.

Posted by × May 12, 2015 ×

DISCOVER

Lauren Acampora and Lily King: Divining for Treasure

Lauren Acampora and Lily King: Divining for Treasure

Two standouts from our Discover program discuss how authors create atmosphere, the books they return to for inspiration, meditation for writers, and how one finds the time to craft a novel.

Posted by × May 12, 2015 ×

SHORT STORIES

The Water Museum

The Water Museum

By LUIS ALBERTO URREA

In his first short stories in a decade, the Pulitzer Prize finalist brings his trademark magic to ambitious characters on both sides of the Mexican-American border. Review by Mark Athitakis.

Posted by × May 12, 2015 ×

SCIENCE

Dreams of Earth and Sky

Dreams of Earth and Sky

By FREEMAN DYSON

At age 91, a master physicist shares his wisdom, and the burning questions he still ponders.

Posted by × May 12, 2015 ×

GRIN & TONIC

Don’t Read All About It

Don’t Read All About It

You may already have read too much.

Posted by × May 12, 2015 ×

DAYBOOK

What Tomorrow Will Bring

What Tomorrow Will Bring

This week in history: Israel becomes an independent state, in the spirit of becoming the promised land.

Posted by × May 12, 2015 ×

FICTION

Aleksandar Hemon: Always an Invasion

Aleksandar Hemon: Always an Invasion

The author has found dark humor in soccer, Lazarus, and his own immigrant experience. In his latest, “The Making of Zombie Wars”, Hemon turns to that mecca of tragicomedy: Hollywood.

Posted by × May 12, 2015 ×

ADVICE

Very Good Lives

Very Good Lives

By J. K. ROWLING

The woman behind Harry Potter enters the growing field of commencement speeches-as-books. What does she want to teach us? Michelle Dean reports.

Posted by × May 12, 2015 ×

LIVES

The Life of Saul Bellow: To Fame and Fortune, 1915–1964

The Life of Saul Bellow: To Fame and Fortune, 1915–1964

By ZACHARY LEADER

The early years of the novelist were marked by a confidence that he would take his place in the literary pantheon. Review by Michael O’Donnell.

Posted by × May 11, 2015 ×

MOTHER'S DAY

Mother Tongue: 13 Essential Words for Mother’s Day

Mother Tongue: 13 Essential Words for Mother’s Day

In celebration of Mother’s Day this Sunday, a comedic inventor of language delivers choice selections words for the women who raised us.

Posted by × May 6, 2015 ×

ANIMALS

Ten Secrets from “The Secret History of Kindness”

Ten Secrets from “The Secret History of Kindness”

A primer of fascinating information about the rapport between man and man’s best friend, from Melissa Holbrook Pierson’s guide to “Learning from How Dogs Learn”.

Posted by × May 6, 2015 ×

INTERVIEW

Jon Krakauer: “It’s easier to pretend it doesn’t really exist.”

Jon Krakauer: “It’s easier to pretend it doesn’t really exist.”

The renowned author of “Missoula” on how we respond to sexual assault, and what we can all do to evolve our thinking on rape and its prosecution.

Posted by × May 6, 2015 ×

LIVES

Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker

Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker

By THOMAS KUNKEL

A portrait of a writer who specialized in finding great characters, real and imagined.

Posted by × May 6, 2015 ×