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How I Learned To Read Less Selfishly

In 2007, when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows came out, my girlfriend Katelyn and I couldn’t wait to read it. We were poor college students, so buyi...

What 'Big Little Lies' left out from the book ending

"Big Little Lies" finally answered the questions viewers had been asking all season. But there was more to the story in the original book version.

A co-working space for working writers

At Suite 8, writers share desks and ideas in a midcentury modern building hidden above a commercial strip in Silverlake

Why Everyone Needs to Read 'The Hate U Give' by Angie Thomas

Angie Thomas’s debut novel based on the Black Lives Matter movement is a masterpiece.

'The Hourglass' is an insightful, exquisite deep dive into a marriage

'Hourglass' – Dani Shapiro's memoir about her marriage – yields a rare combination of lyrical writing and startling, sometimes disturbing insights.

'The Girl from the Metropol Hotel' is a Soviet tale of loss, lack, resilience

The terrible deprivations of Ludmilla Petrushevskaya's Soviet-era childhood were later sublimated into magical fiction. They had to be survived first.

'Over the Hills and Far Away': a pleasing re-telling of the life of Beatrix Potter

Nearly 75 years after Potter's passing, she still is one of the most famous children’s writers in the world.

'Prince Charles' paints an affectingly human portrait

Veteran royals biographer Sally Bedell Smith worked on this book for years, interviewing dozens of court figures and talking many times with members of the royal family.

'The Time Traveler’s Guide to Restoration Britain' takes us there

Historian and archivist Ian Mortimer has magicked us back to a historical period starting approximately 350 years ago.

'A Little Book on Form' asks: What's the right shape for a poem?

Poet Robert Hass explains why form is essential, for both readers and writers of poetry.

'The Islamic Jesus' seeks commonalities between Christianity, Judaism, Islam

Turkish journalist Mustafa Akyol presses his case about just how relevant Jesus is to his faith today.

'Strange the Dreamer' is a young adult masterpiece to be savored

If you ever loved Philip Pullman’s 'His Dark Materials' trilogy, puzzled over Greek mythology, or read literally any fairy tale, 'Strange the Dreamer' will move you.

'Richard Nixon' is one of the smartest and most insightful of Nixon bios

John Farrell tries to be fair to the man, including on one of the central questions of the scandal that defined him: What did the president know and when did he know it?

'Casey Stengel' profiles baseball's greatest character

'Casey Stengel" is a wonderful romp through America's collective field of dreams.

'Blitzed' details drug abuse in the Third Reich, from foot soldiers to the Führer

The true dark stars of 'Blitzed' are Hitler and a quack doctor named Theodor Morell, who kept the head of the Third Reich hopped up on dangerously addictive drugs.

'The World to Come' blends history and fiction in a short story collection

Jim Shepard's work is an astonishingly powerful demonstration of fiction’s capacity to transport us across time and space.

'A Land Without Borders' rethinks the two-state solution in the Middle East

Marking the 50-year anniversary of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, a Jewish activist travels the Middle East in search of answers.

'The Confessions of Young Nero' skillfully reshapes the image of Nero

In a historical novel that makes for delightful reading, best-selling writer Margaret George gives her readers a more sensitive, introspective version of teen-heartthrob Nero.

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