by S.M. Hulse
In S.M. Hulse's spare but rich first novel, Black River, troubles loom for her stoic hero, Wes Carver, and his family like the glacial mountains surrounding their small Montana prison town. Black River's economic life centers on the Montana State Prison where Wes and his neighbors walk the tiers as guards, "enforcing rules, suppressing emotions, intimidating and refusing to be intimidated." When a riot erupts, Wes is taken hostage and methodically tortured by sociopathic inmate Bobby Williams. All his fingers
by Becky Masterman
Becky Masterman (Rage Against the Dying) follows up her first Brigid Quinn adventure with a thriller that pits the 59-year-old ex-FBI agent against a sly killer in a case complicated by family ties. Readers last met Brigid as she dealt with the loose ends of her past; this time, her future hangs in the balance.
When Brigid's beloved sister-in-law dies after a long illness, Brigid and her husband return from the funeral with unusual cargo: Gemma-Kate Quinn, their 17-year-old niece. Although her father, Brigid's
by Matt de la Peña, illus. by Christian Robinson
With the precision of a poet, Matt de la Peña (The Living) chronicles a boy's heartwarming Sunday morning routine with his nana. Christian Robinson's (Gaston) uplifting palette and culturally diverse cast brightens the rainy-day backdrop.
A bustling, inclined city street that suggests San Francisco hosts a rainbow of row houses and a squat church with citrus-bright stained glass. Out of the church's front doors bursts CJ: "The outside air smelled like freedom, but it also smelled like rain." Where CJ
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by Miranda Richmond Mouillot
A powerful expression of a woman's love for her grandparents and a poignant contribution to the pantheon of Holocaust and World War II literature.
by Nina Bunjevac
A graphic memoir about the personal consequences of political choices.
by Nikki Grimes, illus. by Michele Wood
Poet Nikki Grimes presents an eye-opening, aesthetically pleasing account of two extraordinary women, Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony.
by David Whitehouse
The road trip every bibliophile will envy--an escape from evil in a 16-wheeled mobile library truck.
by Rachel Cusk
A shimmering novel about marriage, self-expression and authorial invisibility.
by Frédérique Molay, trans. by Jeffrey Zuckerman
An "archeological dig of modern art" in Paris turns gruesome when a skeleton is found.
by Mo Yan, trans. by Howard Goldblatt
This big explosion of a novel follows an entire Chinese district through the upheavals caused by the controversial one-child policy.
by Stan Lee, Stuart Moore, illus. by Andie Tong
Marvel comics legend Stan Lee's first foray into prose, starring a teen who stumbles into superpowers and learns to harness them.
by Gene Ambaum, Bill Barnes
The continuing misadventures in library use and abuse by the creators of the Unshelved comics.
by Melissa Kite
The trials and tribulations of a real-life Bridget Jones in her bumbling and sometimes disastrous search for "the one."
Thursday, January 22, 2015On KCRW's Bookworm: Lydia Millet, author of Mermaids in Paradise: A Novel (W. W. Norton, $25.95, 9780393245622).
On the Diane Rehm Show: Brian Krebs, author of Spam Nation: The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime-from Global Epidemic to Your Front Door (Sourcebooks, $24.99, 9781402295614).
Wednesday, January 21, 2015On the Diane Rehm Show: Sean McFate, author of The Modern Mercenary: Private Armies and What They Mean for World Order (Oxford University Press, $29.95, 9780199360109).
Tuesday, January 20, 2015On the Diane Rehm Show: Mimi Sheraton, author of 1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die: A Food Lover's Life List (Workman, $24.95, 9780761141686).
Tuesday, January 13, 2015On NPR's On Point: Steve Israel, author of The Global War on Morris: A Novel (Simon & Schuster, $26, 9781476772233).
On the Daily Show: Senator Marco Rubio, author of American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone (Sentinel, $27.95, 9781595231130).
Monday, January 12, 2015On Fresh Air: David Adam, author of The Man Who Couldn't Stop: OCD and the True Story of a Life Lost in Thought (Sarah Crichton/FSG, $26, 9780374223953).
On the Diane Rehm Show: Jessica Neuwirth, author of Equal Means Equal: Why the Time for an Equal Rights Amendment Is Now (New Press, $14.95, 9781620970393).