Editors’ Picks

Five Books Banned for Dubious Reasons—So You Should Definitely Read Them

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Banned Books Week drew attention to free speech, intellectual freedom, and the right to quietly read a good novel

Five Pulp Favorites—And Five Literary Greats for Ballast

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There’s some commercial fiction you shouldn’t feel ashamed to read on the subway … but just in case, we’ve included a few highbrow favorites to cover your tracks

Back to School Required Reading

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12 Literary Campuses Worth Revisiting

14 Books to Read, Come Hell or High Water

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Part two of our H₂0 series—opening the literary floodgates

10 Books to Read—And Not a Drop to Drink

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Dry salvages that will make you thirsty—part one of our H₂0 reading series

The 11 Best Literary Feasts

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Our favorite fictional culinary scenes

A St. Patrick’s Day Reading List

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Pair your pint with one of these titles, whether classic or obscure

14 Novels of Love Gone Wrong

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Relationships doomed, damned, or otherwise disappointing

Ten Tales for Winter

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These stories and a warm blanket will get you through the cold

A Literary Home for the Holidays

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Twelve books about family

Thirteen for Halloween

Michael Dirda

Or, how one book critic thinks he can out-spook the Scholar

Spooktacular Books

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Thirteen tales it would be monstrous of you to miss

Neglected Books Revisited, Part 2

Stephanie Bastek

Neglected Books Revisited, Part 1

Stephanie Bastek

Summer Reading, 2015

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Ten Neglected Classics

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Ten Worst Opening Lines

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Summer Reading List

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Beach reading, Scholar style

The Best of the Bard

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Our favorite passages from Shakespeare’s works

Ten Best Sentences

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A Reading List for the New Year

Bruce Falconer

Books we admire from 2013