by Alix Christie
German scribe Peter Schoeffer has achieved a modicum of success at the university in Paris, but when his foster father, merchant Johann Fust, summons him home to Mainz, Peter never dreams that his life and career will be transformed. Instead of continuing as a scribe, Peter begins an apprenticeship studying a brand-new art under a mercurial, passionate man: Johann Gensfleisch, better known as Gutenberg.
Working in secret, dodging the city's powerful guilds and supported by gold from Fust's coffers, Peter and
by Jeff Hobbs
Robert Peace was born in 1980 in a Newark, N.J., ghetto. His parents had high hopes for him, pushing him to receive the best education possible, though his father ultimately ended up in jail and his mother struggled to make ends meet. Still, their efforts paid off: despite growing up in a city riddled with drugs and gangs, Peace succeeded in high school and earned a place at Yale, where he graduated with distinction with degrees in molecular biochemistry and biophysics. At age 30, he was shot to death in a
by Kate DiCamillo, illus. by Chris Van Dusen
Kate DiCamillo and Chris Van Dusen strike gold again with this charming addition to the Mercy Watson story-verse.
Devotees of the beginning reader series will recognize Leroy Ninker, former thief and current concessionaire at the Bijou Drive-In, kicking off this early chapter book series. Leroy, a small man with a big dream, wants to be a cowboy. He has boots, a hat, a lasso and ambition. But there's one thing he lacks--a horse. When an ad for a horse appears in the local paper, Leroy sets off to "take fate
Shelf Awareness is a free e-newsletter about books and the book industry. We have two separate versions:
For Readers: Discover the 25 best books coming out this week as selected by our industry insiders. (Tuesdays and Fridays.) Sign up now.
For Book Trade Professionals: Receive daily enlightenment with our FREE weekday trade newsletter. Sign up now.
by Matt Richtel
A personal and emotional account of the consequences of distracted driving, combined with a scientific look at how technology interacts with our brains.
by Lin Enger
One man's odyssey, a moving quest for redemption, on the Great Plains.
by Holly Black, Cassandra Clare
A high-profile collaboration that launches a projected five-book fantasy series for middle graders about friendship, destiny and magic.
by Peter Lovesey
Superintendent Peter Diamond investigates a murder with a Chaucerian twist.
by Sean Lewis
Anecdotes and observations of American craft brewing that will make readers thirsty.
by Donald E. Westlake; edited by Levi Stahl
A wonderful collection of Westlake-on-Westlake odds and ends.
by Caitlin Moran
Caitlin Moran's debut novel features an irreverent, painfully self-conscious, triumphant and very funny self-made girl.
by Jonathan Stroud
An action-packed supernatural thriller, with plenty of personality to keep readers hooked.
by Deborah Crombie
Duncan Kincaid investigates a fiery attack at St. Pancras Station while Gemma James searches for a child's killer.
by David Bezmozgis
Timeless moral questions of betrayal and loyalty in the timely context of Crimean and Israeli history and politics.
Thursday, September 25, 2014On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: Matt Richtel, author of A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention (Morrow, $28.99, 9780062284068).
On KCRW's Bookworm: Richard Flanagan, author of The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Knopf, $26.95, 9780385352857).
On the Daily Show: Steven Johnson, author of How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World (Riverhead, $30, 9781594632969).
On the Colbert Report: Walter Mischel, author of The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control (Little, Brown, $29, 9780316230872).
Wednesday, September 24, 2014On Fresh Air: Charles M. Blow, author of Fire Shut Up in My Bones (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27, 9780544228047).
On the Diane Rehm Show: readers review The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (Vintage, $14, 9780307278449).
On the Colbert Report: Bill Cosby, subject of Cosby: His Life and Times by Mark Whitaker (Simon & Schuster, $29.99, 9781451697971).
Tuesday, September 23, 2014On the Diane Rehm Show: Richard Branson, author of The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership (Portfolio, $29.95, 9781591847373).
On the Daily Show: Tony Zinni, author of Before the First Shots Are Fired: How America Can Win or Lose off the Battlefield (Palgrave Macmillan, $27, 9781137279385).
On the Colbert Report: Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate (Simon & Schuster, $30, 9781451697384).
Monday, September 22, 2014On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: Eric Schmidt, co-author of How Google Works (Grand Central, $30, 9781455582341).
On NPR's On Point: Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate (Simon & Schuster, $30, 9781451697384).
On Fresh Air: Ron Perlman, author of Easy Street (the Hard Way): A Memoir (Da Capo, $26.99, 9780306823442).
On the Daily Show: Jenny Nordberg, author of The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan (Crown, $25, 9780307952493).