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The Three Weissmanns of Westport

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The Three Weissmanns of Westport

A suburban Connecticut town is the setting for an update of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility.

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Google v. China, Day 2: Live From the Frontlines

Potok & Agnon

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Potok & Agnon

February 17: Chaim Potok, most famous for The Chosen, -- a 1967 bestseller, then a popular movie and musical -- was born on this day in 1929. Potok said that one of the major...
The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People who Read Them

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The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People who Read Them

What is it about Russian literature that seems to warp the lives of those who fall under its spell?

Humor

Google v. China, Day 1: Live From the Frontlines

Father Knows Books: Princess Hyacinth

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Father Knows Books: Princess Hyacinth

"Father Knows Books" returns to cast a cartoonist's (and parent's) eye over a new book for children, about a royal family and an uplifting scenario.

Marking Mardi Gras

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Marking Mardi Gras

February 16: Today is Mardi Gras, a party not always celebrated in literature. Both Tennessee Williams and William Faulkner, each of them once resident in New Orleans, hated what they saw...
The Poisoner’s Handbook

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The Poisoner’s Handbook

Toxicology meets forensics in Jazz Age New York, giving birth to the first modern crime lab.
Psycho Too

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Psycho Too

Will Self and Ralph Steadman go on another head(y) trip.
Suffrage

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Suffrage

Seneca Falls and after: works that chronicle women's struggle for a political voice.

Miller’s "Gob of Spit"

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Miller’s "Gob of Spit"

February 15: On this day in 1986 the original manuscript ofHenry Miller's Tropic of Cancer wasauctioned for $165,000, setting a record price for a 20th century...

The Death of Socrates

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The Death of Socrates

February 15: Socrates was sentenced to death on this day in 399 BC, his crime that of irreverence towards the Greek gods. Many commentators interpret the irreverence conviction more...