by Ann Hedreen
Unflinching, tragic and compassionate, Her Beautiful Brain is a memoir about how Ann Hedreen's life changed when her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. She opens in 1969 with the image of the typing class she took at age 12--the mandatory "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" exercise burned into the mind and fingers of anyone who's ever taken a typing course. This flashback transforms into an extended metaphor for gender, class and identity as Hedreen muses about the secretarial path she
by Caitlin Doughty
At 23, Caitlin Doughty had an undergraduate degree in medieval history and a lifelong fascination with death. Interested in turning her preoccupation into a profession, she eventually secured a position as crematory operator at Westwind Cremation & Burial in Oakland, Calif. In just a few months, she learned how to cremate bodies (do the larger people early in the day, babies at the end), what exactly happens after the oven (bones have to be ground down in a special blender to create the uniform ashes the
by Hervé Tullet, trans. by Christopher Franceschelli
Can the man behind Press Here match the pure genius of that book's simplicity? Yes! "Right again!" as the returning narrator-coach might say.
"Tap that gray spot. Just a little, to see what happens," the book begins. With a turn of the page, readers see that tapping has released a flurry of dots, moving so rapidly that the blue, red and yellow spots leave tails behind them. Yet the gray dot remains placidly in the center of the right-hand page. "There they are!" exclaims the enthusiastic unseen narrator. "But
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by Monica McFawn
A Flannery O'Connor Award-winning collection of short stories from an intriguing new voice in fiction.
by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
A history of the U.S. that gives a voice to indigenous peoples.
by William Deresiewicz
A scathing critique of American higher education that asks what type of people we want post-secondary institutions to produce.
by Dylan Landis
An intriguing debut novel about a complexly rebellious artist coming of age in 1970s Greenwich Village.
by Sara Deseran, with Joe Hargrave, Antelmo Faria, Mike Barrow
This cookbook brings Tacolicious cuisine to any kitchen, by the founders of the San Francisco Mexican restaurants.
by Desmond Seward
A short, clear, clever overview of the Plantagenet family, England's longest-ruling dynasty.
by James Ellroy
An ambitious, page-turning novel of Los Angeles during the weeks after the Pearl Harbor attack.
by Kelly Light
A portrait-of-the-artist-in-all-of-us tale that will spark the imagination, from a debut talent to watch.
by Donald B. Kraybill
Detailed coverage of a bizarre hate crime in an Amish community and the landmark federal trial that followed.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014On Fresh Air: John Darnielle, author of Wolf in White Van (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $24, 9780374292089).
Tuesday, September 16, 2014On Fresh Air: Lawrence Wright, author of Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David (Knopf, $27.95, 9780385352031).
Monday, September 15, 2014On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: Ian McEwan, author of The Children Act (Nan A. Talese, $25, 9780385539708).
On the Daily Show: Ken Burns, co-author of The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (Knopf, $60, 9780307700230).
Thursday, September 11, 2014On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: Ken Burns, co-author of The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (Knopf, $60, 9780307700230).
On KCRW's Bookworm: Joyce Carol Oates, editor of Prison Noir (Akashic Books, $15.95, 9781617752391).
On the Colbert Report: Lonn Taylor, co-author of The Star-Spangled Banner: The Making of an American Icon (Smithsonian, $29.95, 9780060885625).
Wednesday, September 10, 2014On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, author of Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World (Ballantine, $26, 9780804179072).
On NPR's On Point: H.D.S. Greenway, author of Foreign Correspondent: A Memoir (Simon & Schuster, $26, 9781476761329).
On the Colbert Report: Henry Kissinger, author of World Order (Penguin Press, $36, 9781594206146).