by Chris Duffy, editor
In Above the Dreamless Dead, Fairy Tale Comics editor Chris Duffy brings together an international cast of award-winning artists to provide their interpretations of "trench poetry," the literary blossoming that documented life at the front during the Great War. The title derives from the last line of Wilfrid Wilson Gibson's "The Dancer," and the volume includes the works of Gibson, Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves, Thomas Hardy and many more.
The collection is divided into three sections: "Call
by Charmian Christie
Step aside, froufrou cookbooks showcasing delicately balanced layer cakes, uniform cookies and perfect piecrusts. Make way for Charmian Christie, the Messy Baker (of food blog messybaker.com), and her advice: relax! Her philosophy is clear in the table of contents; chapters include adjectives such as crumbly, sloppy, smudgy, gritty and drippy. Let the culinary fun begin!
Lest the home baker think "messy" equates to "careless," Christie clarifies her guidelines, directing her readers to "always wear an apron,
by Aaron Becker
This triumphant wordless picture book reunites the girl with the red crayon, the boy with the purple crayon and the majestic purple bird from Aaron Becker's debut, Journey (a 2014 Caldecott Honor book).
As the two children take refuge from a rainstorm under a stone bridge in a city park, a king emerges from a set of double doors and thrusts a document into the boy's hands. The monarch, seized by soldiers and pulled back through the doorway, tosses an orange crayon that matches his crown and robe. The girl
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by Lauren Dane
The explosive reunion of two lovers--a librarian and a rock star--whose passion immediately reignites.
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Mr. Browne's collection of inspiring "words to live by," one for each day of the year.
by Louise Penny
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by Ron Carlson
A charming, surreal collection of "flash fiction" from an established master of the short form.
by Paula Daly
A taut thriller about a woman whose life and family are stolen by her closest friend.
by Paul Lowe; photographs by Nina Dreyer Hensley and Jim Hensley
Scandinavian recipes with fresh, seasonal ingredients fit for relaxing summer dining.
by Jules Feiffer
A noir graphic novel by influential cartoonist and screenwriter Jules Feiffer.
Monday, August 25, 2014On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: Meryl Comer, author of Slow Dancing with a Stranger: Lost and Found in the Age of Alzheimer's (HarperOne, $26.99, 9780062130822).
Thursday, August 21, 2014On KCRW's Bookworm: Kevin Birmingham, author of The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses (Penguin Press, $29.95, 9781594203367).
Tuesday, August 19, 2014On Fresh Air: Dr. Sandeep Jauhar, author of Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $26, 9780374141394).
Monday, August 18, 2014On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: Alan Rabinowitz, author of An Indomitable Beast: The Remarkable Journey of the Jaguar (Island Press, $30, 9781597269964).
On Fresh Air: Stephan Eirik Clark, author of Sweetness #9: A Novel (Little, Brown, $26, 9780316278751).
Thursday, August 14, 2014On KCRW's Bookworm: part two of a two-part interview with William T. Vollmann, author of Last Stories and Other Stories (Viking, $36, 9780670015979).
On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: Hampton Sides, author of In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette (Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385535373).
On Fresh Air: the Knick medical advisor Dr. Stanley B. Burns, author of Stiffs, Skulls & Skeletons: Medical Photography and Symbolism (Schiffer Publishing, $75, 9780764347467).