by Jim Heynen
The Greek philosopher Theophrastus, a student of Plato and Aristotle, wrote influential texts on science, ethics and human nature. His book Characters--a compilation of 30 "moral types" outlined through short literary descriptions--is the inspiration for Jim Heynen's story collection Ordinary Sins.
In more than 40 character snapshots supplemented with illustrations by Michigan artist Tom Pohrt, Heynen describes a man who talks nonstop to his bees, a girl who sprouts cherries from her ears, a well-spoken man
by Joyce Brabner, illus. by Mark ZingarelliWhen the plague came, no one knew what to call it. The fevers and lesions heralded the arrival of an illness ready to claim its next victim. And, quickly, the next one after that. Most conspicuously, those dying were gay men, so early on people called it GRID (Gay Related Immune Disorder), but when married men and women were stricken with its ghastly symptoms, too, that changed.
Activist and comics writer Joyce Brabner (Our Cancer Year) delves into the 1980s and the terrifying early days of AIDS in Second Avenue
by John Rocco
John Rocco (Blackout) captures all the excitement and adventure that a blizzard brings, here drawing from his experience as a boy during the blizzard of 1978.
He pulls in readers even before the title page, as a series of pictures features a wool-hatted boy next to a ruler, becoming ever more buried in snow. Words and pictures work in tandem as the boy looks out of his classroom window ("The first flake fell right before recess," a dotted line traces the snowflake's path), then snow nearly obscures the word
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by Libby H. O'Connell
A well-researched and entertaining history of the United States through its food, related in easily-savored "bites" and illustrations.
by Cory Doctorow
A surprisingly engrossing account of copyright law, the Internet and how the two interact.
by Ian S. MacNiven
An insightful and thoroughly enjoyable biography of one of the greatest American publishers of the 20th century.
by Karin Fossum
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by Frances Larson
An enjoyable, accessibly written cultural anthropology of severed heads.
by Olivier Truc
Two detectives in the frigid north of Norway investigating the brutal murder of a Sami reindeer herder.
by Brian Farrey
The breakneck conclusion to the Vengekeep Prophecies will thrill fans of the series.
by Farran Smith Nehme
A leap back in time to 1980s Manhattan, where silent film and vintage clothing intertwine in a radical tale of romance and mystery.
by Janice Hadlow
Royal scandal, 18th-century style, and how it shaped the modern British monarchy.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014On Fresh Air: Robert Beachy, author of Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity (Knopf, $27.95, 9780307272102).
On the Colbert Report: Phil Klay, author of Redeployment (Penguin Press, $26.95, 9781594204999).
Tuesday, December 16, 2014On Fresh Air: John Cleese, author of So, Anyway… (Crown Archetype, $28, 9780385348249).
Thursday, December 11, 2014On KCRW's Bookworm: Martin Amis, author of The Zone of Interest (Knopf, $26.95, 9780385353496).
On Fresh Air: Scott Saul, author of Becoming Richard Pryor (Harper, $27.99, 9780062123305).
Wednesday, December 10, 2014On Fresh Air: National Book Award–winner Jacqueline Woodson, author of Brown Girl Dreaming (Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Young Readers, $16.99, 9780399252518).
On the Daily Show: Suki Kim, author of Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite (Crown, $24, 9780307720658).