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    The Last Mona Lisa

    In 1911, the Mona Lisa disappeared from its home at the Louvre in Paris. It took two years for the painting to be retrieved and for Vincent Peruggia to be identified as the man behind the theft. But ...

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    The Gardner Museum Heist

    The Last Mona Lisa is a fictionalized account of the real 1911 theft of the famous da Vinci painting of the title. Despite extensive investigation, it took more than two years for the painting to ...

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    The Women of Troy

    Set in the liminal days following the Trojan War, The Women of Troy follows Briseis, who the reader may have met in this novel's precursor, The Silence of the Girls. Briseis begins that story as a ...

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    Cassandra of Troy

    Like most stories and characters from Greek mythology, the exact origin of Cassandra of Troy is unknown, though she may have first appeared as a character in the Iliad, composed around the 8th century...

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    The Magician

    Thomas Mann — the subject of this biographical novel by Colm Tóibín — is regarded as a major 20th-century German writer, perhaps one of the best known of the so-called "...

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    Death in Venice: Book vs. Film

    Which is better — the book or the film? That question is often debated when a much-loved book is turned into a movie. Death in Venice — the novella written by Thomas Mann and published in ...

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    Cloud Cuckoo Land

    Anthony Doerr's Cloud Cuckoo Land may be even more remarkable than his Pulitzer-prize winning work All the Light We Cannot See. This marvelously imaginative tale crosses time and genre, ultimately ...

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    The Fall of Constantinople

    Parts of Anthony Doerr's novel Cloud Cuckoo Land take place during the Fall of Constantinople in 1453 CE. Constantinople (now known as Istanbul) had long been an important trading hub by the time ...

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    The Turnout

    "We grew up together," Dara finally repeated.
    But Marie only looked at her and said quietly, "Did we? Grow up?"

    The Turnout, Megan Abbott's tenth novel, swirls complicated questions of ...

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    The Nutcracker

    Megan Abbott's The Turnout, a novel about two twin sisters who are dancers, begins at the start of The Nutcracker season. Apart from being a universally beloved show with deep roots in American ...

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    Lean Fall Stand

    Robert "Doc" Wright has spent most of his working life at Station K in Antarctica as the "general technical assistant," an expedition guide and safety expert for the post's many scientific visitors. ...

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    Aphasia

    In Lean Fall Stand, the main character suffers a massive and debilitating stroke during a whiteout storm in Antarctica. After being rescued, he returns home to England to begin the long, arduous task ...

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