by Philip Glass
American composer Philip Glass is best known as one of the founders of minimalism in music, but his reach extends widely. He's scored countless films and operas, and provided a lexicon of sound for artists working at the forefront of electronic and ambient music. With such a litany of accomplishments, one might expect his memoir, Words Without Music, to come across as self-congratulatory. Glass does recount his achievements, but his frank, personable writing style makes the book a joy to read.
by Jonathan Fink
In the titular poem of his debut collection, The Crossing, Jonathan Fink writes of wandering souls, "To enter back into their forms, they wade/ into the body's sleep, descending thigh/ to chest: the match of throat, then mouth, then breath." Briefly, mind and body unify; the dream-state meets the sleeping form, and there's an awakening. Such are these poems, which capture moments personal and historical in the amber of Fink's economical lines.
Few collections invite a reader to luxuriate like The Crossing.
by Nadja Spiegelman, illus. by García Sánchez, Lola Moral, coloring
Eisner Award–nominated author Nadja Spiegelman (Zig and Wikki in Something Ate My Homework) and European cartoonist Sergio García Sánchez, making his U.S. debut, deftly combine history, geography and a touch of engineering in a graphic novel centered on a budding friendship between two classmates on a field trip in New York City.
Mr. Bartle introduces new student Pablo to the class, and Alicia volunteers to be his field trip partner. The teacher asks which subway line comes closest to the
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by Tim Federle, illus. by Mark Fearing
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by Georges Perec, trans. by David Bellos
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by William Wellman, Jr.
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by Mark Doty
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by Louis Begley
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by Heather Cocks, Jessica Morgan
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by Gore Vidal
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by Renata Adler
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by I.W. Gregorio
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Thursday, April 16, 2015On KCRW's Bookworm: David Vann, author of Aquarium (Atlantic Monthly Press, $24, 9780802123527).
On Diane Rehm: David Brooks, author of The Road to Character (Random House, $28, 9780812993257).
On the Daily Show: Eric Greitens, author of Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26, 9780544323988).
Wednesday, April 15, 2015On Diane Rehm: Cokie Roberts, author of Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868 (Harper, $27.99, 9780062002761).
Tuesday, April 14, 2015On Diane Rehm: Akhil Reed Amar, author of The Law of the Land: A Grand Tour of our Constitutional Republic (Basic Books, $29.99, 9780465065905).
On the Daily Show: Fareed Zakaria, author of In Defense of a Liberal Education (Norton, $23.95, 9780393247688).
Monday, April 13, 2015On Fresh Air: Bryan Burrough, author of Days of Rage: America's Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence (Penguin Press, $29.95, 9781594204296).
On Diane Rehm: Candice Bergen, author of A Fine Romance (Simon & Schuster, $28, 9780684808277).
Thursday, April 9, 2015On KCRW's Bookworm: Charles Baxter, author of There's Something I Want You to Do: Stories (Pantheon, $24, 9781101870013).
On Diane Rehm: Heidi Julavits, author of The Folded Clock: A Diary (Doubleday, $26.95, 9780385538985).
On the Daily Show: Senator Elizabeth Warren, author of A Fighting Chance (Picador, $17, 9781250062253).