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The great books have long been lighting the way.

Rip Van Winkle’s Republic: Washington Irving in History and Memory

Appraising a 19th-century master through a 21st-century lens.

Blurb Your Enthusiasm: An A-Z of Literary Persuasion

A congenial consideration of the words that lure us inside the covers.

The Life of Crime: Detecting the History of Mysteries and Their Creators

Whodunit fans should dive into this broad, if not deep, informative pool.

Body Work: The Radical Power of Personal Narrative

There’s strength in telling your own story.

The Artful Dickens

By John Mullan

The Artful Dickens

An entertaining, close examination of how the iconic 19th-century author plied his trade.

The Unwritten Book: An Investigation

This unusual, challenging work will resonate with (some) readers.