by Julie Schumacher
Julie Schumacher (novelist and University of Minnesota English department faculty member) has crafted Dear Committee Members as a series of letters of recommendation from curmudgeonly Jason Fitger, tenured professor of Creative Writing and English at the fictional Payne University. Amid the defunding of his English department and shrinking remodel of its offices, Fitger's modest academic life is one of divorce, disappointment and disgruntlement. But he takes seriously his responsibility to support his students
by Derek McCulloch, illus. by Anthony Peruzzo
Displaced Persons, a stunning graphic novel by Eisner-nominated writer Derek McCulloch (Stagger Lee; Gone to Amerikay), follows three stories that overlap at various points spanning 120 years. Though the characters first meet in 1879, through the means of time travel, they cross paths again in unexpected ways in 1909, 1939, 1969 and 1999. Illustrating with a predominantly monochromatic palette, artist Anthony Peruzzo uses slightly different era-specific highlight colors for each timeline. When characters from
by Rick Riordan, illus. by John Rocco
With an irreverent tone and the ability to tackle head-on the questions inherent in Greek mythology, Percy Jackson explains the Olympians who have held such sway in his life.
"I'm biased. But if you're going to have a Greek god for a parent, you couldn't do better than Poseidon," says the star of Rick Riordan's The Lightning Thief. Narrator Percy Jackson's conversational tone sets this mythology apart from others, along with John Rocco's (Blackout) sensational illustrations. Rocco shows immense range, from
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by Majok Tulba
The heartbreaking story of a child soldier in Africa who fights to maintain his sense of self in the worst conditions.
by Dana Haynes
An action-packed thriller featuring the return of Daria Gibron, the female Israeli operative who's as tough as Jack Reacher.
by Christopher Franceschelli, illus. by Peskimo
A terrific companion to Alphablock that counts from one to 10, and up by 10s to 100, using cause and effect.
by John Okada
First published in 1957, this novel addresses the plight of post-World War II Japanese internees struggling to reconcile their Japanese American identity and find forgiveness for their roles as "no-no" boys.
by Stephan Eirik Clark
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by Robin Hobb
A new set of escapades for the king's assassin by the acclaimed author of the Farseer Trilogy.
by Mark Kurlansky, Talia Kurlansky
A mouthwatering compendium of international menus, geared toward cooking with and for the whole family.
by Olivia Glazebrook
An ominous tale of betrayal and past mistakes.
by Renee Swindle
A mouthwatering confection of love and family set in a backdrop of cupcakes and jazz.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014On Fresh Air: Dr. Sandeep Jauhar, author of Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $26, 9780374141394).
Monday, August 18, 2014On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: Alan Rabinowitz, author of An Indomitable Beast: The Remarkable Journey of the Jaguar (Island Press, $30, 9781597269964).
On Fresh Air: Stephan Eirik Clark, author of Sweetness #9: A Novel (Little, Brown, $26, 9780316278751).
Thursday, August 14, 2014On KCRW's Bookworm: part two of a two-part interview with William T. Vollmann, author of Last Stories and Other Stories (Viking, $36, 9780670015979).
On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: Hampton Sides, author of In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette (Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385535373).
On Fresh Air: the Knick medical advisor Dr. Stanley B. Burns, author of Stiffs, Skulls & Skeletons: Medical Photography and Symbolism (Schiffer Publishing, $75, 9780764347467).
Monday, August 11, 2014On Fresh Air: Eric Schlosser, author of Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety (Penguin Press, $36, 9781594202278).
On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: Susan Pinker, author of The Village Effect: How Face-to-Face Contact Can Make Us Healthier, Happier, and Smarter (Spiegel & Grau, $26, 9781400069576).