by Howard Jacobson
Howard Jacobson, author of the Man Booker Prize-winning The Finkler Question, again caught the eye of the Man Booker selection committee, which this year shortlisted J, a dystopian novel that imagines a futuristic Britain radically altered by a cataclysmic event referred to cryptically as WHAT HAPPENED, IF IT HAPPENED.
The government and a willing populace have created a repressive society where the past is occluded, lineages are obscured and certain forms of music and art are shielded from memory. The
by Michel Faber
In The Book of Strange New Things, Michel Faber (Under the Skin; The Crimson Petal and the White) continues to expand the cutting-edge of literature as he explores a marriage in crisis in a novel about evangelizing an alien world.
Peter Leigh is a missionary sent to Oasis, a recently discovered planet light years away. His wife, Bea, is left back on Earth, where the situation becomes increasingly desperate, possibly apocalyptic. Their solid, loving relationship is reduced to fumbling, intermittent communications
by Neil Gaiman, illus. by Lorenzo Mattotti
Newbery Medal–winner Neil Gaiman (The Graveyard Book) retells Hansel and Gretel as a story of parents plotting a murder by neglect, with full-spread India ink compositions by Lorenzo Mattotti as dark and terrifying as his forest setting.
Gaiman reaches back to the tale's Grimm roots, at a time when Germany was besieged by war and food was scarce. After hunger pangs wake Hansel in the night, he hears his mother suggest to his woodcutter father that he take their children deep into the forest and "lose
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by Kate Colquhoun
A suspenseful retelling of one of Victorian England's famous "true crime" cases.
by Julie Hasson
Healthy, compassionate comfort food without the guilt.
by Jodi Picoult
A triumphant departure from Picoult's typical (outstanding) body of work.
by Ed Gorman
A murder investigation that's close to lawyer Sam McCain's heart, in post-Vietnam Iowa.
by Paula E. Morton
A highly readable, fascinating history of one of the world's most consumed staples.
by Becca Fitzpatrick
A spring break hiking adventure turns dangerous--and possibly deadly--when two desperate criminals kidnap a teenage girl.
by Neela Paniz
A mouthwatering collection of traditional and innovative Indian recipes, adapted for the slow cooker by chef Neela Paniz.
by Peter Ackroyd
A detailed look into the lives of 17th-century England's rulers and their battles with Parliament.
by Sharon Gannon
How the alchemical aspects of cooking--transforming ingredients with water, fire and air--can satisfy body and soul.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014On the Colbert Report: Jill Lepore, author of The Secret History of Wonder Woman (Knopf, $29.95, 9780385354042).
Tuesday, October 28, 2014On the Diane Rehm Show: David Rothkopf, author of National Insecurity: American Leadership in an Age of Fear (PublicAffairs, $29.99, 9781610393409).
On the Colbert Report: Michael Lewis, author of Liar's Poker (25th Anniversary Edition): Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street (Norton, $25.95, 9780393246100).
On Fresh Air: Amy Poehler, author of Yes Please (Dey Street Books, $28.99, 9780062268341).
Monday, October 27, 2014On Fresh Air: Jill Lepore, author of The Secret History of Wonder Woman (Knopf, $29.95, 9780385354042).
On the Diane Rehm Show: Herbie Hancock, co-author of Herbie Hancock: Possibilities (Viking, $29.95, 9780670014712).
On the Daily Show: Wendy Davis, author of Forgetting to Be Afraid: A Memoir (Blue Rider Press, $27.95, 9780399170577).
Thursday, October 23, 2014On Fresh Air: Jack Bishop and Bridget Lancaster of America's Test Kitchen talk about The Cook's Illustrated Meat Book: The Game-Changing Guide that Teaches You How to Cook Meat and Poultry with 425 Bulletproof Recipes (Cook's Illustrated, $40, 9781936493869).
On KCRW's Bookworm: Jonathan Coe, author of Expo 58: A Novel (New Harvest, $25, 9780544343764).