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Books that deepen, contextualize or offer new angles on one of the week's major headlines.

A 19th Century Novel Explains Quantitative Easing

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After The Blackwater Convictions, A Book On Iraq's Nightmarish Reality

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For The Midterm Elections, A Book On 'What It Takes' To Win

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After A Flurry Of Literary Awards, A Book On The 'Wonder' Of Words

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For This Baseball Season, Roger Angell Has Just The 'Ticket'

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Behind The Sunglasses: The Lives Of Secret Service Agents

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As The Ebola Outbreak Worsens, A Book About Compassion

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For The Autumnal Equinox, A Poem As Chilling As The Fall Weather

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As Independence Vote Approaches, A Spirited Novel About The Scottish Experience

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The Considered Bite: Low-Carb Diets And Our Relationship With Food

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In An Earthquake, History Fuels One Writer's Anxiety

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As Summer Winds Down, Wistful Dreams Of A 'Lost Estate'

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