by Scott Blackwood
Part mystery and part ghost story, See How Small builds slowly into a complex narrative about a brutal crime and its impact on the Austin, Tex., neighborhood of its victims. During a robbery of an ice-cream store, three teenage girl employees are stripped, gagged with their underwear and killed in the fire the robbers leave in their wake. The crime goes unsolved for years and gradually takes its toll on the witnesses, store customers, first responders, the girls' families and the criminals themselves.
by Rebecca Scherm
In the opening pages of Rebecca Scherm's debut novel, Unbecoming, Julie from California is working in Paris at an antiques repair shop, polishing and replacing hinges, cleaning beadwork and resetting jewels. Except her name is really Grace, and she's from Garland, Tennessee. Two young men are about to be paroled from prison in Garland, and Grace is nervous, because her name is not all she's lying about. From this beginning, we follow Grace back in time: her unhappy home life, her great luck in being loved
by Marissa Meyer
In this stand-alone novel, Marissa Meyer reveals the history of the villainous queen of Luna, and lays some groundwork for the relationships central to her outstanding Lunar Chronicles.
The author depicts Levana as a child born into a family where cruelty reigned. When one of the royal guards, Sir Evret Hayle, shows kindness to Levana at her parents' funeral, he sets in motion a series of events that lead to tragic consequences. A recurring nightmare and haunting refrain ("Come here, baby sister. I want to
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by Daniel Galera, trans. by Alison Entrekin
Brazilian author Daniel Galera's U.S debut, a captivating and powerful story of a young man's search for the truth about his grandfather.
by Tim O'Mara
A police-force buddy's murder pulls New York City schoolteacher Ray Donne back into the world of cops and crime.
by Marie Mutsuki Mockett
An unconventional travelogue of grief and mourning.
by Mike Greenberg
A man seeks to get to know his late, estranged father--and ultimately himself--through the women his father married.
by Amanda Eyre Ward
This is the story of a struggling Honduran immigrant and the impact she has on a Texas couple.
by Johann Hari
An account of the decades-old war on drugs, from a British journalist who traveled the world to understand how we got to where we are.
by Jonah Winter, illus. by Barry Blitt
Fourteen of the men who helped found the United States, in pithy bios and stats, plus humorous portraits.
by Allen Kurzweil
The lengthy and bizarre search for a childhood bully, with humor, pathos and redemption.
by Peter Richardson
An exhaustively researched and entertaining cultural history of one of the most successful yet resolutely iconoclast musical groups ever.
Monday, January 26, 2015On Fresh Air: Jill Leovy, author of Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America (Spiegel & Grau, $28, 9780385529983).
On Diane Rehm: Levi Tillemann, author of The Great Race: The Global Quest for the Car of the Future (Simon & Schuster, $28, 9781476773490).
Thursday, January 22, 2015On KCRW's Bookworm: Lydia Millet, author of Mermaids in Paradise: A Novel (W. W. Norton, $25.95, 9780393245622).
On the Diane Rehm Show: Brian Krebs, author of Spam Nation: The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime-from Global Epidemic to Your Front Door (Sourcebooks, $24.99, 9781402295614).
Wednesday, January 21, 2015On the Diane Rehm Show: Sean McFate, author of The Modern Mercenary: Private Armies and What They Mean for World Order (Oxford University Press, $29.95, 9780199360109).
Tuesday, January 20, 2015On the Diane Rehm Show: Mimi Sheraton, author of 1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die: A Food Lover's Life List (Workman, $24.95, 9780761141686).
Tuesday, January 13, 2015On NPR's On Point: Steve Israel, author of The Global War on Morris: A Novel (Simon & Schuster, $26, 9781476772233).
On the Daily Show: Senator Marco Rubio, author of American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone (Sentinel, $27.95, 9781595231130).