July 5, 2013 Romance author Eloisa James picks five sweet summer reads that turn trauma into romantic triumph. Whether you've been jilted at the altar, humiliated in the school paper or just plain rejected, James says you'll find these books "as healing as ice cream."
July 5, 2013 Also: Harry Potter's Diagon Alley is now walkable, sort of, in Google Streetview; Jane Smiley on Alice Munro's retirement; a "review" of America.
July 4, 2013 Graphic novelist Dash Shaw's latest, New School, is an enigmatic tale of brotherly disconnect, set in a strange time-themed amusement park called Clockworld. Reviewer Glen Weldon says New School is a "defiantly odd, quietly gorgeous, utterly singular book."
July 4, 2013 Cathleen Schine's new novel follows a young boy and his older half-sister, making a life for themselves in Greenwich Village. Reviewer Heller McAlpin says Fin & Lady is entertaining and moving.
July 4, 2013 Francis Scott Key wrote the words to the ballad after witnessing the Battle for Baltimore in 1814. According to author Steve Vogel, after it was published, Key's composition took the country by storm. But it didn't become the national anthem until more than 100 years later.
July 3, 2013 Also: Infiltrating Jane Austen summer camp; Cengage files for bankruptcy; Stephen Fry reads Oscar Wilde.
July 2, 2013 The 19th-century courtesan died at 23 of tuberculosis, but her legacy inspired a successful play, several movies and the great Italian opera La Traviata. In The Girl Who Loved Camellias, Julie Kavanagh tracks her journey from Normandy peasant girl to romantic heroine.
July 2, 2013 Allen Guelzo's Gettysburg: The Last Invasion provides a determinedly fair account of the battle, the military and political maneuvering leading up to it, and the aftermath. NPR's Stu Seidel says it makes for a valuable addition to any American history reader's library.
July 2, 2013 Also: Reading Gabriel García Márquez in simulated space; drawings by Jorge Luis Borges and Sylvia Plath; Philipp Meyer on writing.
July 2, 2013 Read an exclusive excerpt of David Rakoff's last novel, Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish, a set of humane, witty interlocking vignettes in verse that illustrate the scope of the 20th century, from 1920s Chicago meatpackers to dissatisfied 1980s yuppies.
July 1, 2013 Paula Deen's cookbook dropped; David Mitchell on having a child with autism; the best books coming out this week.
July 1, 2013 In softcover nonfiction, David Crist looks at America's conflict with Iran and Oliver Sacks investigates hallucinations. In fiction, Ian McEwan delivers a Cold War thriller, Tom Wolfe explores racial and ethnic conflict in Miami and Emma Straub tracks a small town girl's rise to Hollywood stardom.