by Wesley Stace
Wesley Stace's Wonderkid is many things--a comical novel of the rock 'n' roll lifestyle, a coming-of-age tale and an extended meditation on the nature of creativity and its necessary, but often destructive, relationship with commerce. Stace knows what he's writing about; as John Wesley Harding, he's recorded several critically acclaimed albums.
Wonderkid follows the adventures of Blake Lear, a Syd Barrett-like genius, and his cohorts in a struggling group that is reimagined and relaunched as a kids' band,
by Deborah Jiang Stein
Deborah Jiang Stein was one of very few adopted, multiracial children growing up in Seattle in the 1960s. Her Asian features stood out awkwardly in a family of Jewish intellectuals; her impulsive behavior baffled teachers. When she was 12, she discovered she was born in prison to a heroin-addicted mother before passing through foster care and arriving at her adoptive home.
In Prison Baby, Stein recalls how her fractured identity and jilted childhood directed the course of her life. Despite the stability of
by Rodman Philbrick
Rodman Philbrick (Freak the Mighty) portrays the unlikely friendship Zane Dupree forms with Malvina Rawlins and her guardian, Truedell Manning, as they're thrown together in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.
Zane leaves the idyllic summer setting of his native New Hampshire on a mission his mother has concocted for Zane to get to know his paternal great-grandmother, Miss Trissy. Zane's father died before his son was born, and Zane is Miss Trissy's only living relative. The two get on famously from the
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by Alice LaPlante
A psychological thriller about a prominent surgeon who keeps his three lives (and wives) separate--until he is murdered.
by Rene Denfeld
Rene Denfield draws on her experience as a death row investigator to capture the seedy underbelly and heartbreaking emotions of prison life.
by Cara Black
Aimée Leduc is determined to stop a serial rapist in the 14th novel of Cara Black's popular series starring the Parisian detective.
by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, illus. by Giuliano Ferri
A lyrical, at times majestic introduction to Mahatma Gandhi and the Salt March that led to India's freedom.
by Jeremy P. Bushnell
Bushnell's debut novel is a clever, darkly satiric tale of the devil, literary Brooklyn and the human penchant for underachievement.
by Kristina Ohlsson, trans. by Marlaine Delargy
Kristina Ohlsson's third Stockholm thriller begins with a disturbing scene featuring a possible snuff film--and the sense of dread never lets up.
by Carol Wall
This memoir of an unlikely friendship between a woman and her gardener is a reminder that people are not what they may seem--and life lessons can be unexpected.
by Daniel Anselme, trans. by David Bellos
A new translation of a 1957 novel that details three vulnerable, endearing young soldiers on reprieve from the Algerian War.
by Wendy Jones
A multifaceted glimpse at the lives and loves of residents in a 1920s Welsh town.
Monday, March 10, 2014On Fresh Air: Walter Kirn, author of Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade (Liveright, $25.95, 9780871404510).
On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: Jim DeMint, author of Falling in Love with America Again (Center Street, $25, 9781455549801).
On the Daily Show: Paul Taylor, author of The Next America: Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generational Showdown (PublicAffairs, $26.99, 9781610393508).
Thursday, March 6, 2014On KCRW's Bookworm: Valerie Martin, author of The Ghost of the Mary Celeste (Doubleday, $25.95, 9780385533508).
On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: Susan Minot, author of Thirty Girls (Knopf, $26.95, 9780307266385).
Wednesday, March 5, 2014On Fresh Air: Terry Golway, author of Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics (Liveright, $27.95, 9780871403759).
Tuesday, March 4, 2014On Fresh Air: Kevin Young, author of Book of Hours: Poems (Knopf, $26.95, 9780307272249).
On the Daily Show: Jim DeMint, author of Falling in Love with America Again (Center Street, $25, 9781455549801).
On the Colbert Report: Jaron Lanier, author of Who Owns the Future? (Simon & Schuster, $17, 9781451654974).
Monday, March 3, 2014On Fresh Air: Mark Harris, author of Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War (Penguin, $29.95, 9781594204302).
On the Daily Show: Seth MacFarlane, author of A Million Ways to Die in the West (Ballantine, $23, 9780553391671).