by Jonathan Lethem
Conventional writing wisdom says, "Learn the rules before you break them." That education takes some writers a lifetime. In Lucky Alan, New Yorker contributor Jonathan Lethem's third collection of stories, realistic worlds are touched by absurdity, comic-strip characters get stranded on an island, and rules are broken, artfully, like a painter running his brush over the canvas and onto the wall. These stories prove that it's possible to marvel at structure and lose oneself in a story, all at the same time.
by Diana Preston
In the century that has passed since the start of the First World War, warfare has changed significantly, embracing the deadliest weapons conceivable by modern science. In A Higher Form of Killing: Six Weeks in World War I That Forever Changed the Nature of Warfare, Diana Preston places the advent of this approach within the events of several weeks in 1915, and the deployment of three new terrifying German weapons: poison gas, the use of Zeppelins to firebomb London and torpedoes fired from submarines.
by Marie-Louise Gay, illus. by Marie-Louise Gay
As she did with her Stella and Sam series, Marie-Louise Gay proves once again her thorough understanding of sibling dynamics and a child's healthy fantasy life in this transitional reader.
Pistachio Shoelace always knew she was born for greater things. When she discovers a note under her bed that says, "Happy birthday, my little princess!" along with a golden crown, her instincts are confirmed. "I knew it," Pistachio whispers. "I have always known it! I am a princess. A real princess!" Princess Pistachio of
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by Michele Young-Stone
An American teenager born with wings learns about her Lithuanian family's wartime tragedies and enduring strength.
by V.E. Schwab
A smart, adventurous fantasy novel based on the idea of parallel Londons, with only two people who are capable of traveling between them.
by Andrew McCarthy, the National Geographic Travel Team
A kaleidoscopic collection of essays on searching for and finding home, with stunning color photos and a wealth of practical information.
by Colette McBeth
A suspenseful novel of three women connected by a murder.
by Carter Sickels, editor
An incisive and enlightening examination of same-sex marriage within the wider context of LGBTQ needs.
by Duane Swierczynski
A thriller set in the seedy Philly drug underworld, with a frustrating lead character but nonstop action.
by Ellen Meister
The stubborn ghost of Dorothy Parker refuses to cross into the afterlife and seeks company in her haunting of the Algonquin Hotel.
by Jennifer A. Nielsen
For fans of The False Prince, Jennifer Nielsen's new hero fights against his fate as a slave in the Roman Empire.
by John McHugo
A perceptive overview of Syria's complex history and implications for the future.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015On Fresh Air: Kevin Carey, author of The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere (Riverhead, $27.95, 9781594632051).
Monday, March 2, 2015On Fresh Air: Chris Offutt, author of The Same River Twice: A Memoir (Simon & Schuster, $14.95, 9780743229494).
Thursday, February 26, 2015On KCRW's Bookworm: Peter Cole, author of The Invention of Influence (New Directions, $16.95, 9780811221726).
On Fresh Air: Bill Gifford, author of Spring Chicken: Stay Young Forever (or Die Trying) (Grand Central, $27, 9781455527441).
Tuesday, February 24, 2015On Fresh Air: Philip Connors, author of All the Wrong Places: A Life Lost and Found (Norton, $25.95, 9780393088762).
On the Daily Show: Lynsey Addario, author of It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War (Penguin Press, $29.95, 9781594205378).
Monday, February 23, 2015On NPR's All Things Considered: Elisa Albert, author of After Birth (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $23, 9780544273733).
On Fresh Air: David Treuer, author of Prudence: A Novel (Riverhead, $27.95, 9781594633089).