by Nicholas Wapshott
Franklin D. Roosevelt faced one of the greatest political challenges in United States history: steering a stringently antiwar nation toward armed intervention against the Nazi conflagration sweeping Europe. Neutrality Acts of the 1930s, passed by isolationists horrified by the costs of American entanglement in World War I, kept the president from outright aiding any "belligerent" nations--including Britain, the last major democracy standing in Europe by 1940 (an obstacle eventually circumvented by the Lend-Lease
by Jules Howard
Jules Howard is a well-established zoologist, but you wouldn't know it from the self-deprecatingly droll tone he takes in his first book, Sex on Earth: A Celebration of Animal Reproduction. The subtitle is slightly misleading; far beyond simple reproduction, Howard is intrigued by sex in all its forms and purposes. Inspired by captive pandas saddled with a reputation for sexual failure (unfairly, he thinks), he pursues diverse and myriad questions. He is specifically interested in getting beyond issues of
by Mark Newgarden, Megan Montague Cash
The team behind Bow-Wow Bugs a Bug brings back their hero in a wordless adventure that's equal parts mystery and farce.
Attentive readers' first clue to the identity of the title's "Nightmare Neighbors" may be found (if not on the endpapers) on the jet-black page facing a peacefully slumbering Bow Wow: three white, sausage-like hooks move across its expanse. Three sets of ears peering over a windowsill into the full-page image of the room where the golden pup naps provide the next hint. Then pandemonium strikes
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by Tim Clissold
A practical guide on how successfully to do business in China--by doing as the Chinese do.
by Thomas Hauser
A fictionalized story of Dickens's life told in a Dickensian way.
by Charles Finch
An intricately plotted historical mystery that begins with the death of detective Charles Lenox's colleague.
by Michael Prestwich
Sixty-nine faces of the medieval world.
by Ron Rash
A retrospective of Ron Rash's career in the form of 34 previously published stories set in the mythic landscape of the Appalachian Mountains.
by E. Michael Helms
The possible sighting of his girlfriend's supposedly deceased old flame sends retired Marine Mac McClellan on a deadly quest for the truth.
by Hubert, trans. by David Homel, illus. by Marie Caillou
A graphic novel from a French team explores the challenges facing a gay teen in a small town.
by Charles D'Ambrosio
Wide-ranging, thoughtful, deeply personal and sometimes eccentric essays by a true craftsman.
by Margaret Atwood, Wallace Stegner, Edward P. Jones, Ursula K. Le Guin, Marilynne Robinson et al.
A far-reaching and edifying collection of literary lectures from a menagerie of writers, including Chimamanda Adichie, Wallace Stegner and E.L. Doctorow.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014On Fresh Air: National Book Award–winner Phil Klay, author of Redeployment (Penguin Press, $26.95, 9781594204999).
On the Diane Rehm Show: Brooke Shields, author of There Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me (Dutton, $26.95, 9780525954842).
Monday, November 24, 2014On Fresh Air: Richard Zoglin, author of Hope: Entertainer of the Century (Simon & Schuster, $30, 9781439140277).
On the Diane Rehm Show: Dr. Robert L. Okin, author of Silent Voices: People with Mental Disorders on the Street (Golden Pines Press, $19.95, 9780996077705).