F. Scott and Zelda. Sid and Nancy. Jean-Michel and Suzanne.

Jean-Michel Basquiat is somewhat of a mythical character in New York City today. But what about the woman who loved him most?

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The Human Body: The International Side of Afghanistan


On Medicine and What Matters Most Near Death


Challenge Yourself: We Are Not Ourselves


Dark and Darker: The Heart Does Not Grow Back


Late to the Game? The Hunger Games: Mockingjay


Hitchhiker's Guide to Your Galaxy


November 21, 2014

The Cremation Book Everyone Should Read

If you’ve ever thought about the traditions that enshroud death, you must read Caitlin Doughty’s Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, a coming-of-age-tale-slash-lesson-on-death.

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November 20, 2014

Lies, Spies, and the Pursuit of Happiness in Brock Clarke's Smart Fourth Novel

In the wacky, new spy novel The Happiest People in the World, Brock Clarke crafts a satirical commentary on how paranoia and spy-obsessed culture can go wrong – and when this many CIA operatives are involved, something is always going wrong.

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November 19, 2014

The Wonder Woman We've Waited For

Jill Lepore’s new book, The Secret History of Wonder Woman, is as shocking as it is entertaining. Let us explain …

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November 18, 2014

To Know Penelope Fitzgerald: Hermione Lee's Brand-New Bio

Hermione Lee is the perfect author to create the biography of Booker Award-winning British novelist Penelope Fitzgerald, for more reasons than one.

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November 17, 2014

The Slow Burn of Lisa Gornick's Tinderbox

The writing in Lisa Gornick's character-driven novel, Tinderbox, has been compared to that of Jonathan Franzen's - and with good reason.

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November 16, 2014

Randomly Riveting: New YA from Tom Leveen

Tom Leveen's Random is riveting and suspenseful and should be required reading for all young adults.

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November 15, 2014

Setting the Standard: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Fifty-five years after the grusome murders at the heart of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, the book remains the standard in the field of narrative nonfiction - and with good reason.

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