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The Enchanter: Nabokov and Happiness

by Lila Azam Zanganeh

Discovering happiness in reading the work of an extraordinary writer. The protagonist of Vladimir Nabokov's The Gift playfully dreamed of writing "A Practical Handbook: How to Be Happy." Now, Nabokov's own creative...


[sic]: A Memoir

by Joshua Cody

“The memoir of the year . . . a book in which the sentences swing into you like small, gleaming axes.”—New York Times Joshua Cody, a brilliant young composer, was about to receive his PhD when he was diagnosed...


A Line in the Sand: The Anglo-French Struggle for the Middle East, 1914-1948

by James Barr

“A provocative history . . . helps us to understand why the Arab spring is so important and valuable.”—David Ignatius, National Interest In the twentieth century, while fighting a common enemy in Europe,...


Birds of Paradise: A Novel

Arab American Book Award for Fiction 2012

by Diana Abu-Jaber

“A full-course meal, a rich, complex and memorable story that will leave you lingering gratefully at [Abu-Jaber’s] table.”—Ron Charles, Washington Post At thirteen, Felice Muir ran away from home to...


Caravaggio: A Life Sacred and Profane

by Andrew Graham-Dixon

“This book resees its subject with rare clarity and power as a painter for the 21st century.”—Hilary Spurling, New York Times Book Review In a bravura performance, Andrew Graham-Dixon explores Caravaggio’s...


Contents May Have Shifted: A Novel

by Pam Houston

“A tale so vivid, intricate, and intimate that it puts high-def TV to shame.”—Elle Pam Houston’s latest takes us from one breathtaking precipice to the next as we unravel the story of Pam (a character...


Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier

by Neil deGrasse Tyson & Avis Lang

“A compelling appeal, at just the right time, for continuing to look up.”—Air & Space

America’s space program is at a turning point. After decades of global primacy, NASA has ended the space-shuttle...


Ghost Lights: A Novel

by Lydia Millet

“Surreal, darkly hilarious and profound.”—San Francisco Chronicle Ghost Lights stars an IRS bureaucrat named Hal—a man baffled by his wife’s obsession with her young employer, T., and haunted by the...


Heft: A Novel

by Liz Moore

“A stunningly sad and heroically hopeful tale. . . . This is a beautiful novel about relationships of the most makeshift kind.”—O, The Oprah Magazine Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his...


Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America

by Richard White

A new, incisive history of the transcontinental railroads and how they transformed America in the decades after the Civil War. The transcontinental railroads of the late nineteenth century were the first corporate...


Why Smile: The Science Behind Facial Expressions

by Marianne LaFrance

“A charming, thoughtful book, one that makes a powerful case for smiles as ‘social acts with consequences.’ ”—Boston Sunday Globe When someone smiles, the effects are often positive: a glum mood lifts;...


Rereading Women: Thirty Years of Exploring Our Literary Traditions

by Sandra M. Gilbert

A collection of essays that reexamine literature through a feminist gaze from "one of our most versatile and gifted writers" (Joyce Carol Oates). "We think back through our mothers if we are women," wrote Virginia...


The Sentimentalists: A Novel

Giller Prize 2010

by Johanna Skibsrud

"A hypnotic meditation on memory . . . reaffirms the potential for storytelling to offer clarity and redemption." —New York Times Book Review In this riveting debut, a daughter attempts to discover the truth...


The Man from Beyond: A Novel

by Gabriel Brownstein

From the winner of the PEN/Hemingway Award, a debut novel featuring Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It is April 1922. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle arrives in New York on a spiritualist crusade. To packed...


The Voodoo Wave: Inside a Season of Triumph and Tumult at Maverick's

by Mark Kreidler

“A finely crafted tale of the enigmatic world of big-wave surfers.”—Kirkus Reviews The Maverick’s surf point near Half Moon Bay, California, has long been one of the most dangerous places in the world...


Touch: A Novel

by Alexi Zentner

"A sublime haunting, a ripping yarn, and a killer debut."—J. Robert Lennon In Sawgamet, a north woods boomtown gone bust, the cold of winter breaks the glass of the schoolhouse thermometer, and the dangers...


Sweet Heaven When I Die: Faith, Faithlessness, and the Country In Between

by Jeff Sharlet

“A master investigative stylist and one of the shrewdest commentators on religion’s underexplored realms.”—Michael Washburn, Washington Post In this gorgeous collection of essays that has drawn comparisons...


Mightier than the Sword: Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Battle for America

by David S. Reynolds

“Fascinating . . . a lively and perceptive cultural history.” —Annette Gordon-Reed, The New Yorker In this wide-ranging, brilliantly researched work, David S. Reynolds traces the factors that made Uncle...


Microstyle: The Art of Writing Little

by Christopher Johnson

“A work of pop linguistics . . . [that] synthesizes . . . grammar, branding, cognitive science and Web theory . . . with intelligence and friendly wit.”—New York Times Welcome to the age of the incredible...


Lights Out in Wonderland: A Novel

by Dbc Pierre

"Lights Out in Wonderland has all the verbal wit and energy of Vernon God Little."—Financial Times Gabriel Brockwell—aesthete, philosopher, disaffected twenty-something decadent—is thinking terminal. He's...