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Creature of the Night

The former director of the 90s’ hottest nightclubs reveals the work behind the parties

The Empires Strike Back

What Women Want

In an interview with Three Women’s Lisa Taddeo, the author discusses grief, vengeance, her new story collection, and, of course, women

The Spy Who Came In from the Cold

A retired C.I.A. officer gets back into the game to solve a perplexing case

The Shot Heard Round Russia

The little-known story of how Catherine the Great conquered her fear of doctors to inoculate herself and her country against smallpox

Something About Them

Paradise Found

Grandi Giardini Italiani, which works to protect and manage Italy’s best gardens, celebrates its 25th anniversary with a heavenly new book

Jet Lag

Out with a Bang

It’s common knowledge that an asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs. But the way it did is surprising

Staff Picks

Don’t miss a timely look at the men who invented guns, a romp through the origins of modern feminism, and a thriller set on a cross-country train ride

A Family Affair

Spies Fall Out

Howard Hunt imagined himself the Ian Fleming of the C.I.A. Then came Watergate

The Inner Bond

An Island of Curiosity

Island Time

Cooking the Books

The Son Also Rises

From Slush Pile to Pulitzer

Joshua Cohen couldn’t find a publisher for his novel about Harold Bloom and the Netanyahus. Now it’s a heralded prizewinner

A Study in Scarlet

Joel Meyerowitz’s study of the many shades and styles of red hair is an ode to the world’s natural redheads

The Queerest of Capitals

Women on a Mission

Just after World War II, six nuns from Kentucky moved to India to set up a missionary hospital. Their letters home offer insight into life on the ward

Staff Picks

Don’t miss a journalist’s memoir about re-invention; an appeal for readers to start writing; and the story of two men’s search for the source of the Nile River

In Putin’s Shadow

In an interview with the lieutenant turned military historian Antony Beevor about his newest book on a pre-U.S.S.R. Russia, it all goes back to Ukraine

Risky Business

Pulitzer Prize–winning war correspondent Ray Bonner always had a taste for trouble, but he just took on his most dangerous assignment yet: he bought a bookstore in Australia