by Benjamin Whitmer
Benjamin Whitmer (Pike) stands squarely in that "rural noir" sub-genre niche of tweakers and trigger-happy drunks worked so effectively by Larry Brown and Rick Gavin. Whitmer's Cry Father is an accomplished, swaggering tale of battered-but-still-striving men living in the no-man's land of southeast Colorado. It's a male-centric story of fathers and sons whose women are "merely" ex-wives, girlfriends, baby mamas and nursemaids. Nonetheless, Whitmer hardly needs them to tell his often-violent story of men hanging
by Jay Lake
Last Plane to Heaven is the final book of short stories from science-fiction author Jay Lake, who passed away from cancer in June 2014. This posthumously published collection is full of weird tales, far-out speculative fiction and solid steampunk stories, with a foreword by Lake's favorite sci-fi grandmaster, Gene Wolfe.
The stories are grouped in sub-genres (steampunk, science-fiction, fantasy, weird fiction), and all are rather experimental in both tone and form, highlighting Lake's fantastic talent in a
by Gregory Maguire
Set in Tsarist Russia, Gregory Maguire's (Wicked) suspenseful story conjures the folkloric figure Baba Yaga--a hilariously acerbic old witch--and incorporates fantastic creatures such as the Firebird, an ice-dragon and a talking cat, to create a fairytale saga that will delight and challenge its readers.
Thirteen-year-old Elena struggles to keep her dying mother alive in the poverty-stricken village of Miersk. With no food or medicine, and with one brother working abroad and the other conscripted into the
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by Stephen Seager
A year in the life of a psychiatrist working with the most violent of Napa State's criminally insane patients.
by Erika T. Wurth
A young girl, entangled in the drug world, struggles to escape her surroundings before they swallow her whole.
by Cece Bell
A funny and poignant memoir in graphic novel format about a child grappling with hearing loss, entering school and making friends.
by Margaret Atwood
The many layers of the human psyche and the body's physical condition, all revealed in definitive Atwood style.
by Merritt Tierce
A brutal, beautiful glimpse at the seedy underbelly of the restaurant industry and the toll it takes on one young woman.
by Mark Whitaker
An engrossing biography of Bill Cosby balances his life story with social commentary on the impact of his TV roles.
by William Alexander
A funny, surprising memoir about one man's quest to learn French in a year.
by Amy Zhang
A novel unspooled by a mysterious narrator with close ties to a teenager who drives her car off the road.
by Antonio Skármeta, trans. by John Cullen
A cinematic story about a young Chilean professor who discovers his long-lost father in the neighboring village, from the author of Il Postino.
by Anne Sinclair, trans. by Shaun Whiteside
Investigations by an art dealer's granddaughter into paintings stolen in World War II France.
Thursday, September 18, 2014On Fresh Air: Zak Ebrahim, author of The Terrorist's Son: A Story of Choice (Simon & Schuster/TED, $14.99, 9781476784809).
Wednesday, September 17, 2014On Fresh Air: John Darnielle, author of Wolf in White Van (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $24, 9780374292089).
Tuesday, September 16, 2014On Fresh Air: Lawrence Wright, author of Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David (Knopf, $27.95, 9780385352031).
Monday, September 15, 2014On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: Ian McEwan, author of The Children Act (Nan A. Talese, $25, 9780385539708).
On the Daily Show: Ken Burns, co-author of The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (Knopf, $60, 9780307700230).
Thursday, September 11, 2014On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: Ken Burns, co-author of The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (Knopf, $60, 9780307700230).
On KCRW's Bookworm: Joyce Carol Oates, editor of Prison Noir (Akashic Books, $15.95, 9781617752391).
On the Colbert Report: Lonn Taylor, co-author of The Star-Spangled Banner: The Making of an American Icon (Smithsonian, $29.95, 9780060885625).