by Hannah Pittard
Three ex-wives, one widow and four sets of children ranging from in age from six years old to nearly 40 are called together by the sudden death of their common husband and father in Hannah Pittard's second novel, Reunion.
Kate is the youngest of the three children of Stan Pulaski's late first wife. Deeply in debt and desperate to save her marriage, she is en route to Chicago to attempt the latter when she learns that her father has killed himself. Her brother and sister insist that she meet them back in their
by Ruth Goodman
In the impressively researched How to Be a Victorian: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Victorian Life, historian and BBC documentary star Ruth Goodman (Victorian Farm) outlines everyday life for both working-class and middle-class Victorians in Great Britain in a period of great social and economic change.
Goodman immerses herself in Victorian culture as a guinea pig to report the results of "dry washing" her body without water for months (surprisingly effective), lacing herself into corsets (supportive yet annoying)
by A.S. King
In Glory O'Brien's History of the Future, A.S. King (Reality Boy) turns her piercing gaze on consumerism and feminism, as well as family secrets and depression.
Two high school seniors in a rural town find a petrified bat. When it crumbles to dust, Glory and Ellie mix it with beer and drink it down. The next morning, they wake up to find they can see the past and future of anyone they look at. Glory's mother killed herself when Glory was very young, and Glory and her father have never talked about it. As graduation
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by John Jeremiah Sullivan, editor
This year's finest essays, diverse in subject matter, each one surprising and elegant.
by David Bell
A man and his teenage niece search for a woman who disappeared in small-town Ohio--his sister.
by Colm Tóibín
A strong young Irish widow crafts her own life in a small town.
by Nguyen Nhat Anh, trans. by Will Naythons
A startlingly vivid portrait of 21st-century Vietnam and its growing pains.
by Katha Pollitt
In this discussion of abortion, women are at the center of the debate, giving them a voice on an issue that affects them more than anyone.
by William Bostwick
The influence of beer in history, and the more and less delicious forms it's taken along the way.
by Alaya Dawn Johnson
This ambitious novel combines the intrigue of an out-of-control pandemic with one teen's struggle for independence from her overbearing mother.
by Jeffrey Siger
Government corruption and murder on the Peloponnesian peninsula in an entertaining Greek mystery.
by Gina B. Nahai
The effects of a family feud and a quest for revenge on a close-knit community across decades and continents.
Monday, October 20, 2014On Fresh Air: Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption (Spiegel & Grau, $28, 9780812994520).
On the Diane Rehm Show: Rebecca Frankel, author of War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love (Palgrave Macmillan, $26, 9781137279682).
Thursday, October 16, 2014On KCRW's Bookworm: David Mitchell, author of The Bone Clocks (Random House, $30, 9781400065677).
On the Diane Rehm Show: Colm Toibin, author of Nora Webster: A Novel (Scribner, $27, 9781439138335).
On the Daily Show: Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption (Spiegel & Grau, $28, 9780812994520).
On the Colbert Report: William Deresiewicz, author of Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life (Free Press, $26, 9781476702711).
Wednesday, October 15, 2014On Diane Rehm: Suki Kim, author of Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite (Crown, $24, 9780307720658).
On the Daily Show: Bill O'Reilly, co-author of Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General (Holt, $30, 9780805096682).
Tuesday, October 14, 2014On Fresh Air: James Risen, author of Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28, 9780544341418).
On the Diane Rehm Show: Leon Panetta, co-author of Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace (Penguin Press, $36, 9781594205965).
On the Colbert Report: Neil Young, author of Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life & Cars (Blue Rider, $32, 9780399172083).
Monday, October 13, 2014On NPR's Morning Edition: Dan Pashman, author of Eat More Better: How to Make Every Bite More Delicious (Simon & Schuster, $24.99, 9781451689730).
On the Diane Rehm Show: Danny Aiello, author of I Only Know Who I Am When I Am Somebody Else: My Life on the Street, On the Stage, and in the Movies (Gallery Books, $26, 9781476751900).