Reading in Common
The Library Book

BEYOND CATEGORY

The Library Book

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In the new book from the author of the bestselling "The Orchid Thief," the story of a catastrophic fire opens the door to fascinating journey into the world of libraries.
The Italian Teacher

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The Italian Teacher

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The new novel from the author of "The Imperfectionists" asks the question: should the talented live by different rules?
The Female Persuasion

FICTION

The Female Persuasion

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The new novel from the author of "The Interestings" traces a young woman's life after it's reshaped by a vital encounter.
Asymmetry

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Asymmetry

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Lisa Halliday's debut novel is a three-part work folded like "literary origami."
Spy of the First Person

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Spy of the First Person

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In this posthumously published work of autobiographical fiction, the playwright presents a soul brought to bay by illness and mortality.
The Wine Lover’s Daughter: A Memoir

MEMOIR

The Wine Lover’s Daughter: A Memoir

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The writer Ann Fadiman turns a memoir of her troubled relationship with her father into a meditation on memory, art, and the idiosyncrasy of taste. Review by Heller McAlpin.
Our Little Racket

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Our Little Racket

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The aftermath of the 2007 financial crisis plays out in the lives of women in a wealthy NYC suburb in this "massively ambitious" debut novel. Review by Heller McAlpin.
Imagine Wanting Only This

GRAPHIC MEMOIR

Imagine Wanting Only This

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Kristin Radtke's graphic memoir grapples with the most essential -- and impossible to answer -- question: how do we face the ephemeral quality of our lives? Review by Heller McAlpin.
The Feud: Vladimir Nabokov, Edmund Wilson, and the End of a Beautiful Friendship

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The Feud: Vladimir Nabokov, Edmund Wilson, and the End of a Beautiful Friendship

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Alex Beam follows a friendship between two twentieth-century literary giants that gave way to a memorable war of words. Review by Heller McAlpin.
The Poet Descends: Reading Pushkin’s Prose

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The Poet Descends: Reading Pushkin’s Prose

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The author of the peerless verse epic "Eugene Onegin" also dabbled in nearly every other literary genre. A new translation showcases Alexander Pushkin's many voices.
Commonwealth

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Commonwealth

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The new novel from the author of "Bel Canto" and "State of Wonder" explores what happens when one person's life becomes another person's art....
The Book That Matters Most

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The Book That Matters Most

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Can reading fiction give us more than food for thought? In Ann Hood's novel, a woman -- and her book club -- pursue a course in literary healing. Review by Heller McAlpin.