by Toni Morrison
Toni Morrison (Home), winner of a Pulitzer and a Nobel Prize in Literature, satisfies her fans with a searing, lyrical story about the power of childhood trauma.
God Help the Child centers on a woman who has left behind the "dumb countryfied name" Lula Ann to become Bride, "with nothing anybody needs to say before or after that one memorable syllable," a successful California career woman with her own cosmetics line who wears no makeup. Her mother was a light-skinned, "high yellow" woman dismayed by and
by Melissa Ann Pinney, edited by Ann Patchett
"I've always been interested in watching people together. I wonder what their story is, who they are to each other," explains photographer Melissa Ann Pinney in Two, a collection of more than 90 color images that focus on pairs of people and objects, accompanied by 10 essays by notable contemporary writers.
In this group of vivid, often mystical and playful images, Pinney explores connection, identity and relationships. There is a candid aesthetic to her work. Even her posed photographs grant viewers a
by Pete Hautman
In Eden West, Pete Hautman plumbs the depths of faith and doubt through the eyes of 17-year-old narrator Jacob, who finds himself questioning the sanctity of his religious community.
Jacob, walking the perimeter of Nodd's 12 square miles of paradise, comes face to face with a worldly girl on the other side of the fence. She calls him "Cult Boy" and introduces herself as Lynna. Her laugh makes him think of "bells wrapped in velvet," and the thin fabric of her black T-shirt "does nothing to conceal the shape
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by Emily Schultz
A world in which blondes go berserk, causing harm to anyone nearby.
by Sue Roe
The birth of modern art is the focus of this exuberant, grand and enchantingly written history of artists in Montmartre.
by Bruce Holsinger
The unlikely detective team of John Gower and Geoffrey Chaucer star in this terrific period mystery.
by Troy Andrews, illus. by Bryan Collier
The story of a New Orleans boy musician's rise to musical prominence, with illustrations by a Caldecott Honor artist.
by Nora Pouillon
How one woman champions delicious, natural, wholesome food.
by Freeman Dyson
Informative and spritely essays by one of the country's most famous scientists.
by Richard Reeves
A too-often overlooked chapter in U.S. history: the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.
by Jeff Mack
A humorous story just right for beginning readers that shows how books bring us together in ways technology cannot.
by Steve Osborne
A retired NYPD officer's stories of policing the streets of New York City.
by Joshua Gaylord
A startling blend of werewolf mythology and coming-of-age literature.
Thursday, April 30, 2015On KCRW's Bookworm: Kazuo Ishiguro, author of The Buried Giant (Knopf, $26.95, 9780307271037).
Wednesday, April 29, 2015On Fresh Air: Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, authors of Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland (Viking, $28.95, 9780525427650).
On Tavis Smiley: T.C. Boyle, author of The Harder They Come (Ecco, $27.99, 9780062349378).
On the Daily Show: Judith Miller, author of The Story: A Reporter's Journey (Simon & Schuster, $27, 9781476716015).
Tuesday, April 28, 2015On Diane Rehm: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, author of Ashley's War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield (Harper, $26.99, 9780062333810).
Monday, April 27, 2015On Diane Rehm: Kate Mulgrew, author of Born with Teeth: A Memoir (Little, Brown, $28, 9780316334310).
Thursday, April 23, 2015On KCRW's Bookworm: Luis Alberto Urrea, author of Tijuana Book of the Dead (Soft Skull Press, $15.95, 9781619024823) and The Water Museum: Stories (Little, Brown, $25, 9780316334372).
On Diane Rehm: Jon Krakauer, author of Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town (Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385538732).