by Chris Cander
Chris Cander's Whisper Hollow is set entirely in the small town of Verra, a close-knit mining town in West Virginia. The novel is ostensibly the story of Alta Krol, and as such, the story is structured around Alta's life: as a young girl in Verra in the 1920s and as an aging woman in the same town in the 1960s. Alta is a fascinating and complicated character in her own right--a woman who yearns to be a painter and escape the mining life, but is bound by family duty to care for her widowed father and brothers--but
by Fumio Obata
In Just So Happens, Fumio Obata has created a visually elegant, emotionally rich semi-autobiographical graphic novel that examines the conflict between parental expectations and the cultural and social differences faced by Asian immigrants living in the West.
Yumiko Ono, Obata's protagonist, is a successful designer living in London, engaged to a Brit named Mark and fully assimilated into the hustle and bustle of London culture. During a gallery showing, Yumiko receives a phone call from her brother, who informs
by Rachel Hartman
Readers will want to savor every word of Shadow Scale, Rachel Hartman's worthy follow-up to her Morris Award–winning debut, Seraphina. The sequel continues the exploration of the fantastic, quasi-medieval world where dragons, saints and humans collide.
At the start of Shadow Scale, an uneasy peace shared by dragons and humans for the last 40 years has just been broken. Dragons rebelling against a longstanding treaty have poisoned the Queen of Goredd and her daughter, and attempted to assassinate the
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by Alberto Manguel
A profound, insightful look into the human proclivity for questions, through literature.
by David Levithan
The life story of Tiny Cooper, Will Grayson's larger-than-life best friend, fashioned as a musical.
by C.W. Gortner
A vivid, heartbreaking portrait of Coco Chanel's meteoric rise to fame and her complicated personal life.
by Eric Giacometti, Jacques Ravenne, trans. by Anne Trager
The first in a series of high-action thrillers featuring Antoine Marcas, police officer and Freemason.
by Jane Hirshfield
Ten essays on the transformational power of poetry and creative expression.
by Barney Frank
A insider's candid political biography that crosses all party lines, filled with memorable and observant stories of compromise for the good of all.
by Christopher Myers
Christopher Myers explores an artist's imagination, as seen through a series of pen-and-inks in his sketchbook.
by Claire Fuller
A young girl lives isolated in the wilderness with her father, believing they are the only living humans left.
by James Wallman
How humans become materialistic, and action plans for becoming less "stuffocated" and more experiential.
by Jane Hirshfield
A moving and accomplished collection by one of our finest poets, published alongside her essay collection Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World.
Thursday, March 26, 2015On KCRW's Bookworm: Rachel Kushner, author of The Strange Case of Rachel K (New Directions, $19.95, 9780811224215).
On the Daily Show: John Hargrove, co-author of Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish (Palgrave Macmillan, $26, 9781137280107).
Wednesday, March 25, 2015On Diane Rehm: readers review All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (Scribner, $27, 9781476746586).
Tuesday, March 24, 2015On Diane Rehm: Martha Hodes, author of Mourning Lincoln (Yale University Press, $30, 9780300195804).
On the Daily Show: Jon Ronson, author of So You've Been Publicly Shamed (Riverhead, $27.95, 9781594487132).
Monday, March 23, 2015On Fresh Air: John Hargrove, co-author of Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish (Palgrave Macmillan, $26, 9781137280107).
On Diane Rehm: Misty Copeland, author of Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina (Touchstone, $15.99, 9781476737997).
On the Daily Show: Ayaan Hirsi Ali, author of Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now (Harper, $27.99, 9780062333933).