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Jan. 14-20: Tales Of Pharaohs, Balloonists, Lovers And Yogis()  

The Ice Balloon

January 15, 2013 In fiction, Karen Thompson Walker's sci-fi debut and Vladimir Nabokov's unfinished final novel arrive in paperback. In softcover nonfiction, Toby Wilkinson reviews Egypt's political past; Alec Wilkinson surveys 19th-century polar exploration; and William Broad probes the science of yoga.


Jan. 7-13: Haiti, Watergate, The Universe And 'Religion For Atheists'()  

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January 8, 2013 In fiction, Charlotte Rogan explores a shipwreck, while Thomas Mallon revisits Watergate. In nonfiction, Laurent Dubois considers Haiti afresh; Lawrence Krauss reinterprets the universe; and Alain de Botton finds value in religion for atheists.


Dec. 31-Jan. 6: A Whodunit, A Mountain Survival And A JFK Affair()  

Death Comes To Pemberley by P.D. James

December 31, 2012 This week brings mystery writer P.D. James' homage to Jane Austen, a comic novel from Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel, a mountain climbing disaster story from Jim Davidson and Kevin Vaughan, and Mimi Alford's tale of her affair with President John F. Kennedy.


Dec. 24-30: A Spy, A Marshal, An Eavesdropper And A Guantanamo First()  

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December 24, 2012 Four novels for the year's end: a new Raylan Givens adventure from Elmore Leonard, a story of psychology and obsession from Ellen Ullman, Thomas Caplan's latest spy thriller and Alex Gilvarry's debut set in the fashion world and Guantanamo Bay.


High-Stakes Stories About Van Gogh, A Polish Prison And Gambling()  

Vincent van Gogh, Self-Portrait with Grey Felt Hat.

December 4, 2012 Alex Berenson returns with another spy thriller; biographers Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith argue that Vincent van Gogh didn't commit suicide; humorist Calvin Trillin collects his best columns; and Beth Raymer tours the world of sports betting.


Portraits Of An Artist, A Correspondent, 'Gossip,' And The 'Piano'()  

Some of My Lives by Rosamond Bernier.

November 27, 2012 In fiction, Paula McLain explores Hemingway's first marriage, while Anita Desai re-examines modern India. In nonfiction, Joseph Epstein defends gossip, Rosamond Bernier remembers midcentury Paris, and Stuart Isacoff lauds the piano.


Fruits Of Labor: Getting Fit, Handling Grandkids, Pioneering Sex Ed()  

Margaret Sanger: A Life of Passion by Jean H. Baker.

November 19, 2012 Novelist Richard Mason explores belle epoque pleasures, biographer Jean Baker champions sex educator Margaret Sanger, journalist A.J. Jacobs gets healthy, comedian Bill Cosby outsmarts his grandkids, and writer Geoff Dyer takes on filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky.


Navigating Portland, Toxic Speech, Depression And Plantation Life()  

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November 13, 2012 In fiction, Ann Beattie channels first lady Pat Nixon, while Ben Marcus looks at the consequences of nasty rhetoric, and Jonathan Odell imagines a slave healer's life. In nonfiction, the creators of Portlandia offer a guided tour of Portland, Ore., and Ellen Forney reflects on her bipolar disorder.


Discovering Da Vinci, A Writer's Identity And The 'IKEA God'()  

Birds of A Lesser Paradise by Megan Mayhew Bergman.

November 5, 2012 This week brings a notable story collection by Megan Mayhew Bergman and a memoir of art, alcoholism and family life by Jeanne Darst. Eric Weiner has an account of his spiritual journey, and Toby Lester explores Leonardo da Vinci's coming of age.


Total Recall Of MTV, Sherlock, Darrell And Regis()  

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October 29, 2012 Novelist Matthew Quick finds the funny side of a mental patient's recovery, while Anthony Horowitz reimagines Sherlock Holmes. In nonfiction, comedian Darrell Hammond recounts his traumatic childhood, Regis Philbin tracks his rise to TV greatness, and MTV gets its own history book.


Game Changers For Astronomy, War Writing And Public Health()  

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October 22, 2012 Novelist Jodi Picoult explores life and death, while oncologist David Agus models new health practices, virologist Nathan Wolfe tracks emerging diseases, Dava Sobel reflects on Copernicus, and Charles Shields looks at novelist Kurt Vonnegut.


Great Rifts In Rwanda, Pakistan, Language And The CIA()  

Is That A Fish In Your Ear? offers a humorous look at how translation sheds light on the human condition.

October 15, 2012 Novelists Aatish Taseer and Naomi Benaron portray life amid sectarian violence in Pakistan and Rwanda, respectively, while Glenn Carle reflects on being a CIA interrogator, novelist Jonathan Lethem explores his influences, and David Bellos probes translation's complexity.


True Grit: On Everest, In The Ozarks And Through A Hellish Puberty()  

Twelve short stories from the author of Winter's Bone depict people on the fringes of society, including an injured rapist who is cared for by a young girl and a husband who cruelly avenges the murder of his wife's pet.

October 8, 2012 Novelists Daniel Woodrell, Christopher Moore and Chuck Palahniuk confront the darker sides of life with varying degrees of humor, while writer Susan Orlean looks at the life of dog star Rin Tin Tin, and Wade Davis reassesses George Mallory's historic climbs on Mount Everest.


American Reflections On Showbiz, Politics, Outsiders And The Supreme Court()  

Seriously ... I'm Kidding

October 3, 2012 Novelist Don DeLillo collects his short stories, retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens reflects on his career, Lawrence Lessig looks at money and power in politics, and comedians Ellen DeGeneres and John Hodgman poke fun at life's sunny and gloomy sides.


Times Of 'Trouble': Censorship, Sept. 11 Politics And A 'New Third World'()  

Michael Lewis's investigation of bubbles beyond our shores in Ireland, Iceland, U.S. and more.

September 26, 2012 Condoleezza Rice remembers her time in the Bush administration, Michael Lewis and Thant Myint-U discuss the world's economies, Michael Moore recounts his journey toward becoming a filmmaker, and Toni Morrison collects essays about censorship and the power of literature.


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March 22-28: The CIA, Central Bankers And Summer Camp

This week in paperback, Mark Mazzetti investigates changes in the CIA, Neil Irwin looks at the guardians of the global economy and Meg Wolitzer follows a group of gifted friends.

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