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Melissa H. Pierson is the author of multiple works of nonfiction including The Perfect Vehicle, Dark Horses and Black Beauties, The Place You Love Is Gone, and The Man Who Would Stop at Nothing. She writes on books and culture for a number of publications. Her most recent book is The Secret History of Kindness: Learning from How Dogs Learn.

Munich Airport

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Munich Airport

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In a place devoted to long-distance transit, the living and the dead find themselves in a kind of limbo.
The Laughing Monsters

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The Laughing Monsters

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An American operative goes missing in Africa in a thriller from the author of Tree of Smoke.
J: A Novel

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J: A Novel

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The Booker Prize–winning author creates a vision of tomorrow eerily haunted by Melville's white whale....

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The Organized Mind

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The Organized Mind

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Don't try to do anything else while you read this.
The Narrow Road to the Deep North

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The Narrow Road to the Deep North

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A WWII prisoner of war's poetic quest is a love story and soldier's saga that "dares the big revelation."

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Unruly Places

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Unruly Places

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The challenge -- and delight -- of searching for undiscovered territories in the age of Google Earth.
American Innovations

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American Innovations

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A new collection of short stories plays narrative games for high stakes.

All Our Names

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All Our Names

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American reinvention meets African revolution in the tale of a friendship and its aftermath.

The Death Class

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The Death Class

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How one professor helps students who've faced death understand what it means.

The Bully Pulpit

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The Bully Pulpit

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The political battles and journalistic triumphs of the Progressive Era have never looked so timely.

Book of Ages

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Book of Ages

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She was the beloved sibling and correspondent of one of our nation's founders. Why haven't we heard the voice of Jane Franklin?

I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place

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I Hate to Leave This Beautiful Place

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A writer's life in  five essays that evidence the tools of the novelist.