by Arna Bontemps Hemenway
Elegy on Kinderklavier, a debut collection of stories from Arna Bontemps Hemenway, marks the beginning of a promising career for a gifted young writer whose work has been included in both the Best American Short Stories and Best American Nonrequired Reading anthologies.
These remarkable tales circle around absence and loss, often using the Iraq War as a catalyst. In "The Half-Moon Martyrs' Brigade of New Jerusalem, Kansas," a young woman examines her culpability in a long-since-passed act of cruelty as she
by Sylvia Sumira
Globes, by professional globe-restorer Sylvia Sumira, is a history of globe-making from the late-15th through the late-19th centuries, when globes were used as educational tools, scientific instruments and status symbols. It is also breathtakingly beautiful.
The first two sections of the book are scholarly articles in which Sumira considers not only who made globes, but why and how. The first piece, "A Brief History of Globes," is clearly for specialists. The second will fascinate anyone who has wondered how
by Keith Baker, illus. by Keith Baker
After teaching youngest readers how to navigate the alphabet (LMNO Peas) and to count (1-2-3 Peas), Keith Baker's little green heroes now introduce them to colors.
A summery spread of "BLUE" kicks off the proceedings, with each letter in a slightly different texture or pattern, as well as a slightly different hue. One letter looks as if it were sponged in an aqua tone, another in an indigo shade shows subtly mazelike patterns. The text--"Blue boats, blue seas, blue flags, and..."--in thick black letters, introduces
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by Deborah Harkness
Secrets and mysteries revealed in the satisfying conclusion of the All Souls Trilogy.
by Bonny Becker, illus. by Kady MacDonald Denton
Another charming book about Bear and Mouse that's sure to have children clamoring for a trip to the library.
by Joseph Luzzi
A moving, deeply personal portrait of Italy from a professor of Italian at Bard College.
by Benoit Denizet-Lewis
What happens when a journalist takes his lab-mix on a four-month road trip to explore the nation's love of dogs.
by James Lee Burke
A beautifully composed, sweeping historical epic of war and the American dream.
by Dan Washburn
The insights golf offers into how China is enhancing its global stature.
by Una LaMarche
Two teens whose idealistic wish to be together--despite their very different backgrounds--motivates them to attempt the seemingly impossible.
by Andrew Meredith
A coming-of-age memoir about a young man who tries to make sense of his life by working with the dead.
by Judith Flanders
An engaging exploration of the city and social conditions that inspired Dickens's novels.
by Ben Bova
A collection of new short sci-fi works with a wonderfully classic feel, full of wonder, charm and scientific discovery.
Thursday, July 24, 2014On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: Miles J. Unger, author of Michelangelo: A Life in Six Masterpieces (Simon & Schuster, $29.95, 9781451678741).
Wednesday, July 23, 2014On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: readers review Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Anchor, $15.95, 9780307455925).
On Fresh Air: Vint Virga, author of The Soul of All Living Creatures: What Animals Can Teach Us About Being Human (Broadway, $14.99, 9780307718877).