by Rose Tremain
Sometimes fiction is more than simply entertaining or moving; in the skillful hands of Rose Tremain (Trespass) it is utterly exquisite. She deftly exposes both the absurdity and the melancholy that are synonymous with the human experience. The American Lover is a dark, candid and unforgettable collection of short stories.
Unusual situations and even odder characters make for intriguing bedfellows in Tremain's book. The titular story follows the ruin of a once-famous and gorgeous woman who cannot get over a
by Lavie Tidhar
In 1932, a German scientist accidentally unleashes a worldwide quantum event, the Change, which randomly bestows superhuman abilities and agelessness on a few thousand humans. An alternate 20th century is defined by these changed people, or Übermenschen, as the Nazis come to call them.
The Violent Century follows two Übermenschen, Oblivion and Fogg, agents in Britain's top secret Retirement Bureau. Their story winds through covert operations in World War II, Vietnam, Soviet-controlled Afghanistan
by Tricia Springstubb
In Trisha Springstubb's (What Happened on Fox Street) poignant novel of leaving childhood, Flor's best friend moves away from Moonpenny Island, and she begins to see the world differently, and to open others' eyes, too.
Eleven-year-old Flor O'Dell and Sylvie Pinch are "each other's perfect friend." It doesn't matter that Sylvie's father is the wealthy mayor and Flor's father is the island's only police officer. But then Sylvie's family sends her to the mainland to a private school. Now, after all the summer
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by Judith Flanders
An intriguing whodunit set in the world of London publishing, narrated with biting wit.
by John D. Barrow
An entertaining collection of ideas that shed light on our beautiful and intensely patterned world.
by Shannon Burke
A panoramic vision of the 1820s American West, as seen through the eyes of fur traders.
by Dev Petty, illus. by Mike Boldt
A comical frog hero wants to be something else--until he really thinks it through, with a little help.
by Ariana Franklin, Samantha Norman
A thrilling historical novel set during England's tumultuous civil war of the 1140s.
by Chris Hoke
A young, white, middle-class man finds his spiritual light in the dark lives of gangsters and convicts.
by Mohsin Hamid
Novelist Mohsin Hamid's insightful collection of essays on global issues and personal experiences.
by Mac McClelland
An American journalist's struggle to heal from post-traumatic stress disorder while romancing a handsome French soldier.
by Linda Booth Sweeney, illus. by Jana Christy
A poetic tribute to the changing seasons in a seaside town and to a closely knit family.
by New Scientist, Mick O'Hare, editor
A collection of intriguing questions and answers from the pages of New Scientist magazine.
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).
Thursday, February 19, 2015On KCRW's Bookworm: Chang-rae Lee, author of On Such a Full Sea (Riverhead, $16, 9781594632891).
On Diane Rehm: Neil Gaiman, author of Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances (Morrow, $26.99, 9780062330260).
Wednesday, February 18, 2015On Fresh Air: David Remnick, editor of the New Yorker, on the magazine's 90th anniversary.
On Diane Rehm: Anya Kamenetz, author of The Test: Why Our Schools are Obsessed with Standardized Testing--but You Don't Have to Be (PublicAffairs, $25.99, 9781610394413).