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Ten books we love, so far

This mixture of fiction and nonfiction includes meaty biographies, tales of angst and stories of betrayal.

Reading — and selling — books in paradise

These people followed their dreams of owning bookstores in resort towns.

summer books

Vacationing with Emma Straub and Herman Koch

‘The Vacationers’ and ‘Summer House With Swimming Pool’ offer two very different visions of getting away.

Recent Reviews

Winners of the 2014 PEN Literary Awards

Frank Bidart, James Wolcott and David Rabe are among the recipients announced this morning in New York.

‘The Bees’: A transfixing parable about the hive mind

Set inside a beehive, a new novel demonstrates — in microcosm — the dangers of a class society.

‘Tigerman,’ by Nick Harkaway

A veteran of the Afghan war thinks he can relax on a quiet island — but then all hell breaks loose.

Rutu Modan wins an Eisner Award for ‘The Property’

A comedy with the Holocaust as a historic backdrop takes the prize for best new graphic album.

‘Lucky Us,’ by Amy Bloom, America’s Victor Hugo

A bustling tale of American reinvention, with two half-sisters toiling to reverse their fortunes.

‘How to Survive a Sharknado’

Andrew Shaffer has a new book to get you through the return of Syfy’s flying sharks on July 30.

Review: ‘Back Channel,’ by Stephen L. Carter

A college student races against the clock to defuse the Cuban missile crisis.

Sarah MacLean wins RITA Award

“No Good Duke Goes Unpunished” takes prize for best historical romance.

Bel Kaufman, ‘Up the Down Staircase’ author, dies at 103

Ms. Kaufman’s candid, comic novel about education was drawn from her experience as a teacher.

Review: “The Crossword Century” by Alan Connor

In “The Crossword Century” Alan Connor goes across and down on a national habit.

Crusading against a global scourge

Lydia Cacho risks her life in pursuit of evidence of sex slavery and ways to eradicate it.

The Early Days of America’s Foreign Correspondents

‘Hell Before Breakfast’ follows American war reporters from 1860 to 1910

‘Wide Awake in Slumberland,’ by Katherine Roeder

‘Fantasy, Mass Culture, and Modernism in the Art of Winsor McCay’

The woes of psychiatry

Tom Burns traces the history of psychiatry from its heyday to today’s focus on drugs and neuroscience.

‘The Book of Life,’ by Deborah Harkness

The final volume of the bestselling All Souls Trilogy.

The most gifted liar in intelligence history

The elusive motivation of British double agent Kim Philby.

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ on Today Show

The trailer for the wildly anticipated movie was released Thursday morning.

Michelangelo’s six of one, half a dozen of the other

Through an unconventional prism, Miles J. Unger’s portrait of the Italian artist offers insights into the master.

Four U.S. writers are on long-list for Man Booker Prize

American authors, competing for literary honor for the first time, hold four of 13 spots on contest’s long-list.

‘Julian Hawthorne,’ by Gary Scharnhorst

The biography tells of the literary life of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s son.

Curt Gentry, co-writer of ‘Helter Skelter,’ dies at 83

Besides book on Manson family murders, historian also known for biography of J. Edgar Hoover.

Four Americans on Man Booker longlist

Karen Joy Fowler, Siri Hustvedt, Richard Powers and Joshua Ferris among novelists competing for England’s most prestigious prize.

Old J.D. Salinger stories revived by new illustrations

A small indie publisher in Tennessee has published three stories from the 1940s with new artwork by a young Brooklyn illustrator.

Thomas Berger, author of ‘Little Big Man,’ dies at 89

Mr. Berger wrote 23 novels, including the rollicking western that was made into a Dustin Hoffman movie.

‘Panic in a Suitcase,’ by Yelena Akhtiorskaya

A comic novel about a great Ukrainian poet and his extended family in the United States.

New science fiction and fantasy for July

Novels by Stephanie Feldman, Joe Abercrombie and Max Gladstone

Fiction: ‘Time of the Locust,’ by Morowa Yejidé

An autistic boy and his family struggle to break free from their burdens in a fantastical first novel.

Book review: ‘Happy Clouds, Happy Trees’

Remember Bob Ross of “The Joy of Painting”? A serious look at the man who thought we could all make art.

Chris Boh­jalian looks close to home for audiobook narrator

The bestselling novelist’s daughter is the voice of “Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands“

Review: ‘Red or Dead,’ on the epic hero Bill Shankly

A mesmerizing novel eschewing conventional style about the legendary Liverpool FC manager.

‘Cloud Atlas’ author David Mitchell tweets a short story

David Mitchell builds his latest work over 280 tweets.

A quarter century of the Baffler

The iconoclastic magazine launches a new Web site today that includes its entire archive.

In the trenches of the human spirit in the Great War

Jacqueline Winspear delivers a quietly powerful tale of the home front and battlefield during World War I.

Lena Dunham wants America to read her memoir

Publisher suggests the star of HBO’s “Girls” means no disrespect, but D.C.is not included on her book tour.

Finding hope amid the chaos

In “Rogue Elephant,” Simon Denyer explores India’s raucous democracy and fitful governance.

A history of the Nile

An Egyptologist explores the importance of the Nile to the civilizations that peopled its banks.

Subverting the Nazis from inside a lab

Arthur Allen tells how two scientists deceived their Nazi bosses in search for typhus vaccine.

Period of political transformation

Michael Wolraich tracks the massive turnaround in partisan political fortunes in the early 20th century.

‘The Architecture of Diplomacy’

A lavish photobook about the British Ambassador’s residence in DC, by Anthony Seldon and Daniel Collings.

The best films of all time? Too longtime critics weigh in.

In new books, David Thomson and Kenneth Turan rate Hollywood’s offerings, new and old.

Washington Post Bestsellers July 13, 2014

The books Washington has been reading.

Ron Charles

Ron Charles

‘Tigerman,’ by Nick Harkaway

A veteran of the Afghan war thinks he can relax on a quiet island — but then all hell breaks loose.

The Style Blog

Ron Charles

‘How to Survive a Sharknado’

Andrew Shaffer has a new book to get you through the return of Syfy’s flying sharks on July 30.

The Style Blog

Ron Charles

Sarah MacLean wins RITA Award

“No Good Duke Goes Unpunished” takes prize for best historical romance.

Michael Dirda

Michael Dirda

‘Julian Hawthorne,’ by Gary Scharnhorst

The biography tells of the literary life of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s son.

Michael Dirda

Michael Dirda

‘The Madonna and the Starship,’ by James Morrow

Michael Dirda reviews a satiric novella about the golden days of science fiction television.

Michael Dirda

Michael Dirda

Dirda reviews ‘The Informed Air: Essays’ by Muriel Spark

An autobiography in essays from the author best known for “The Prime of Miss Jane Brodie.”

Jonathan Yardley

Jonathan Yardley

Review: “The Crossword Century” by Alan Connor

In “The Crossword Century” Alan Connor goes across and down on a national habit.

Jonathan Yardley

Jonathan Yardley

Subverting the Nazis from inside a lab

Arthur Allen tells how two scientists deceived their Nazi bosses in search for typhus vaccine.

Jonathan Yardley

Jonathan Yardley

From catastrophe to miracle

Laurence Gonzalez shows how heroic pilots managed to land airliner after loss of flight controls.

Literary Calendar

Going Out Guide: Upcoming events

Going Out Guide: Upcoming events

Get the latest on readings, signings and author appearances in the D.C. area.