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  • Critical empathy Graham Robb, Graham Robb is the author of "Strangers: Homosexual Love in the Nineteenth Century."

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  • No surprise Michael Harris, Michael Harris is a regular contributor to Book Review.

  • Oedipal journey Richard Eder, Richard Eder, the former book critic for The Times, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for criticism in 1987.

  • First Fiction James Marcus

  • Gray Lady and a Greek tragedy Orville Schell, Orville Schell is dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley.

  • Discoveries Susan Salter Reynolds

  • From the barren desert, a booming metropolis Sally Denton, Sally Denton is the author of "American Massacre: The Tragedy at Mountain Meadows" and the forthcoming "Faith and Betrayal: A Pioneer Woman's Passage in the American West," and co-author of "The Money and the Power: The Making of Las Vegas and Its Hold on America."

  • A spy thriller with nuances Denise Hamilton, Denise Hamilton is the author of the Eve Diamond crime novels, including "Last Lullaby" and the forthcoming "Savage Garden."

  • 'Foot soldiers' in America's space race Fred E.C. Culick, Fred E.C. Culick, emeritus Hayman professor of mechanical engineering at Caltech, is the author of "On Great White Wings: The Wright Brothers and the Race for Flight."

  • The transformation of the European mind Karen Armstrong, Karen Armstrong is the author of many books, including "The Battle for God," "Islam: A Short History" and "The Spiral Staircase."

  • Philip's folly Anthony Pagden, Anthony Pagden is a professor of history and political science at UCLA and the author of many books, including "Peoples and Empires."

  • Scoundrels and salesmen David Freeman, David Freeman is a screenwriter and the author most recently of the novel "It's All True," which was named one of the best books of 2004 by Book Review.

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