by Phil Klay
Recent American wars have made the term "redeployment" a household word. Soldiers are moved around, withdrawn and redistributed in one big seemingly endless war. Phil Klay's stunningly fine and poignant debut collection of short stories, Redeployment, uses the word "war" both as military language and as the world his characters inhabit. These 18 often-brutal stories are told by varied narrators, and the tone throughout is understated, quiet, reserved--in counterbalance to the horrific events being described.
by Dinaw Mengestu
Juxtaposing a placid life in one Midwestern college town against the chaos of post-colonial Uganda, MacArthur Fellow Dinaw Mengestu (The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears) places his new novel, All Our Names, at the crossroads where American excess and comfort clash with the violence and backbiting of revolutionary Africa. The story centers on Isaac, a rebel intent on overthrowing Uganda's corrupt president. We follow him through the naive eyes of the young Ethiopian narrator who comes to Uganda with 13 names,
by Lois Ehlert
This succinct memoir is just right for a five-year-old, yet meaty enough to inspire adults. Caldecott Honor artist Lois Ehlert reveals the sources of her ideas, her planning stages and her wonderful collections of words, photos, paints and fabric swatches.
"When I was little, I read all the books on the library shelf, and I thought maybe someday I could make a book," she begins. A collage butterfly alights on a black-and-white photo of herself as a child of perhaps four or five. A collage image of a banded
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by Sigrid Rausing
The personal side of an anthropologist's year in post-Soviet Estonia.
The Italian Vegetable Cookbook: 200 Favorite Recipes for Antipasti, Soups, Pasta, Main Dishes, and Dessert
by Michele Scicolone
Michele Scicolone highlights vegetables' strengths with simple ingredients and easy preparation.
by Barbara Kerley, illus. by Edwin Fotheringham
An engaging introduction to a great poet, essayist and shaper of American thought.
by Dominic Utton
A commuter e-mails his angst against the Oxford-London rail line and starts a correspondence with the railroad director.
by C.S. Harris
A Frenchman is found with his heart cut out, and the pursuit of his killer leads Sebastian St. Cyr all the way to the French throne.
by Dan Jenkins
An idiosyncratic, witty, opinionated memoir from the old-school sportswriter Mike Lupica called "greatest of them all."
by Elise Broach, illus. by Kelly Murphy
A transitional reader starring the boy and beetle from Masterpiece, in a tale about the strength of true friendship.
by Nadifa Mohamed
An epic set in 1980s Somalia, following three strong women of varying ages as they navigate the chaos of war.
by Frances Washburn
A slim, evocative, entertaining tale of strange happenings on an Indian reservation in South Dakota.
by Anne de Courcy
The plight of the single women who left England to find a mate among the surplus of single men in India during the Raj.
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).
Thursday, February 27, 2014On KCRW's Bookworm: Hilton Als, author of White Girls (McSweeney's, $24, 9781936365814).
On the Daily Show: Kevin Roose, author of Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street's Post-Crash Recruits (Grand Central, $27, 9780446583251).