by Robyn Cadwallader
In her debut novel, The Anchoress, Australian writer Robyn Cadwallader tells the story of 17-year-old Sarah in 13th-century Midlands, England. Devastated by her sister's death in childbirth, Sarah chooses to devote her life to God and holiness, deciding to become an anchoress. It's a powerful, quiet story of her self-imposed confinement in a small stone cell next to a church. After she enters her room, the door is hammered shut: "I'd thrown away everything in this world and leaped into the air, lighter than
by Laura Samuel Meyn, Anthony Head
A Texan vegetarian cookbook may seem oxymoronic, but Laura Samuel Meyn and Anthony Head prove that the bold, audacious flavors associated with this state's cuisine are a perfect complement to a healthy, compassionate, plant-based diet.
The authors met in 1997, the only vegetarians on staff at Bon Appétit. "Laura was 16 when--looking at her mother over a half-eaten chicken pot pie--she came out as a vegetarian. The signs were all there--the early love of... Charlotte's Web; the uncommonly strong bond
by Yuan Pan
In his beautifully rendered, wordless debut, Yuan Pan chronicles the deepening bond between father and son and the pain of its loss.
The artist uses panoramic and close-up views in sepia tones to convey the passage of time. A landscape view of clustered rooftops places readers in China. A quartet of scenes shows father and son preparing a simple meal, chopping and stirring, then sitting together at a wooden table, eating with chopsticks. The father sees his son to the bus stop, then waves goodbye, as the young
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by Hannah Papp
Tips and techniques on how to set out on a soul-awakening adventure.
by Jessica Knoll
A successful magazine editor confronts her dark past, which could change the present.
by Alicia Potter, illus. by Birgitta Sif
An engaging picture book that reminds us we can all find courage when we need it.
by Dan Pope
Steady prose and rich characters bring new life to the familiar story of a suburban family unraveling.
by Kate Brown
Detailed, first-person reporting on the lingering impacts of war and movements that continue subtly to affect Western society.
by Andrea Mays
The intriguing story of a book, the man who wrote it, the eccentric millionaire who coveted it and the library he built to house it.
by Jeremy Massey
A hilarious romp through Dublin as an undertaker's ordinary life is suddenly turned into a bizarre comedy of errors.
by Sean Ferrell, illus. by Charles Santoso
A clever picture book that walks the line between humor and horror for a child afraid of his creepy toy koala.
by Martin Edwards
A fascinating, witty account of the Detection Club of mystery novelists in London and its members' powerful influence on detective fiction.
by Deborah Lutz
The world of the Brontë sisters as illuminated by some of their personal possessions.
Thursday, May 21, 2015On Diane Rehm: Steve Inskeep, author of Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab (Penguin Press, $29.95, 9781594205569).
Wednesday, May 20, 2015On Diane Rehm: Clare B. Dunkle and Elena Dunkle, authors of Elena Vanishing: A Memoir (Chronicle, $17.99, 9781452121512).
Tuesday, May 19, 2015On Diane Rehm: Helen Castor, author of Joan of Arc: A History (Harper, $27.99, 9780062384393).
Monday, May 18, 2015On Fresh Air: Martin Ford, author of Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future (Basic, $28.99, 9780465059997).
On Diane Rehm: Jeffrey Brown, author of The News: Poems (Copper Canyon Press, $16, 9781556594809).
Thursday, May 14, 2015On KCRW's Bookworm: Thomas McGuane, author of Crow Fair: Stories (Knopf, $25.95, 9780385350198).
On Diane Rehm: James McPherson, author of The War That Forged a Nation: Why the Civil War Still Matters (Oxford University Press, $27.95, 9780199375776).