by Richard Blanco
Cuban-American poet Richard Blanco (For All of Us, One Today) grew up caught between two worlds. He lived in a Cuban neighborhood of Miami, dotted with bodegas and infused with memories of the homeland his parents left behind, but he yearned for América--the bright, sparkling version glimpsed in reruns of The Brady Bunch and forbidden snack foods at the local Winn-Dixie. In this colorful memoir, Blanco paints vivid portraits of his childhood memories and captures his yearning for a place to belong.
by Sam Roberts
New York Times reporter Sam Roberts makes it clear that A History of New York in 101 Objects is not the history of New York City, but his history of New York City, shaped by a 50-year career of reporting on the area. Inspired by A History of the World in 100 Objects, a joint project of the British Museum and the BBC, Roberts established criteria for selection that he describes as highly subjective but not arbitrary. Objects could not be much larger than a breadbox (a criterion he often ignores), could not
by Kelly Bingham, illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky
Having disrupted a dramatic presentation of the alphabet in Z Is for Moose, the enthusiastic antlered hero is back, stirring up trouble in a lesson on shapes.
The deadpan text paves the way to the heightened comedy to follow. "Shapes are all around us," the book begins. "Have you ever looked at a button? This one is a... circle." The font resembles elementary primers, and the words "shapes" and "circle" appear in larger type for emphasis. A sandwich illustrates "square." But before the text on the opposite
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by Erwin Chemerinsky
A top constitutional-law scholar details the Supreme Court's failings and how to fix the problem.
by Chrysler Szarlan
Murder, love, horseback riding and witchcraft artfully blended together in a New England setting.
by Armand Marie Leroi
How Aristotle's science shaped his philosophy--and how his philosophy shaped modern science.
by Eula Biss
How the history of vaccinations affects the contemporary controversy.
by Sarah Waters
A love affair between two socially mismatched women in post-World War I England that takes an unexpected turn into a crime drama.
by Karen Karbo
A reissue of a smart early-'90s-era comedy of manners about familial, romantic and Hollywood entanglements.
by Shirley Hughes, illus. by Clara Vulliamy
An old-fashioned, liberally illustrated story with charm, style and panache.
by Kim Zupan
A psychological story of a serial killer and deputy sheriff tied by similar childhoods and close relationships with death.
by Steven Pinker
Psycholinguist Steven Pinker's contemporary style guide that will be useful to anyone seeking to become a better writer.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014On Diane Rehm: Isabel Sawhill, author of Generation Unbound: Drifting into Sex and Parenthood without Marriage (Brookings Institution Press, $25, 9780815726357).
On Fresh Air: Matt Bai, author of All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid (Knopf, $26.95, 9780307273383).
Monday, September 29, 2014On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: Martin Wolf, author of The Shifts and the Shocks: What We've Learned--and Have Still to Learn--from the Financial Crisis (Penguin Press, $35, 9781594205446).
On Fresh Air: Lena Dunham, author of Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned" (Random House, $28, 9780812994995).
On the Colbert Report: Jamie Oliver, author of Jamie Oliver's Comfort Food: The Ultimate Weekend Cookbook (Ecco, $34.99, 9780062305619).
Thursday, September 25, 2014On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: Matt Richtel, author of A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention (Morrow, $28.99, 9780062284068).
On KCRW's Bookworm: Richard Flanagan, author of The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Knopf, $26.95, 9780385352857).
On the Daily Show: Steven Johnson, author of How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World (Riverhead, $30, 9781594632969).
On the Colbert Report: Walter Mischel, author of The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control (Little, Brown, $29, 9780316230872).
Wednesday, September 24, 2014On Fresh Air: Charles M. Blow, author of Fire Shut Up in My Bones (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27, 9780544228047).
On the Diane Rehm Show: readers review The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (Vintage, $14, 9780307278449).
On the Colbert Report: Bill Cosby, subject of Cosby: His Life and Times by Mark Whitaker (Simon & Schuster, $29.99, 9781451697971).
Tuesday, September 23, 2014On the Diane Rehm Show: Richard Branson, author of The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership (Portfolio, $29.95, 9781591847373).
On the Daily Show: Tony Zinni, author of Before the First Shots Are Fired: How America Can Win or Lose off the Battlefield (Palgrave Macmillan, $27, 9781137279385).
On the Colbert Report: Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate (Simon & Schuster, $30, 9781451697384).