by Jill Ciment
Small moments in ordinary life often escalate into something much larger and unexpected in novels by Jill Ciment (Heroic Measures). In Act of God, the story grows from the discovery of a tiny mushroom that identical twin sisters--64 years old, neither married nor with children--find sprouting in the closet of their deceased mother's rent-controlled apartment in Brooklyn, N.Y. The fungus is of grave concern, but so, too, is the closet, as it houses a precious archive of letters their mother wrote for a
by Sterling Watson
Suitcase City by Sterling Watson (Weep No More My Brother) opens with an extended flashback to protagonist Jimmy Teach's time in small-town Florida. Back then, Teach had just finished a brief career in professional football and was back in the game of smuggling drugs, or in his words, operating as a "maritime consultant." When a business deal with Guatemalans went sour, Teach competently cleaned up the mess, and moved on.
The bulk of Teach's story then takes place nearly 20 years later, in late 1990s Tampa,
by David Arnold
David Arnold's accomplished debut novel is not your average road trip story. Readers will immediately take to 16-year-old narrator Mary Iris Malone and to the seamless mix of humor and pathos in this moving tale of her quest to save her mother.
In the first chapter, Mim overhears her father and his new wife telling her principal that Mim's mother will "beat this disease." "Disease?" Mim thinks, then flees the school for the Greyhound station in Jackson, Miss. (aka Mosquitoland), to board the next bus to her
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by Michele Young-Stone
An American teenager born with wings learns about her Lithuanian family's wartime tragedies and enduring strength.
by V.E. Schwab
A smart, adventurous fantasy novel based on the idea of parallel Londons, with only two people who are capable of traveling between them.
by Andrew McCarthy, the National Geographic Travel Team
A kaleidoscopic collection of essays on searching for and finding home, with stunning color photos and a wealth of practical information.
by Colette McBeth
A suspenseful novel of three women connected by a murder.
by Carter Sickels, editor
An incisive and enlightening examination of same-sex marriage within the wider context of LGBTQ needs.
by Duane Swierczynski
A thriller set in the seedy Philly drug underworld, with a frustrating lead character but nonstop action.
by Ellen Meister
The stubborn ghost of Dorothy Parker refuses to cross into the afterlife and seeks company in her haunting of the Algonquin Hotel.
by Jennifer A. Nielsen
For fans of The False Prince, Jennifer Nielsen's new hero fights against his fate as a slave in the Roman Empire.
by John McHugo
A perceptive overview of Syria's complex history and implications for the future.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015On Fresh Air: Kim Gordon, co-founder of Sonic Youth and author of Girl in a Band: A Memoir (Dey Street Books, $27.99, 9780062295897).
Tuesday, March 3, 2015On Fresh Air: Kevin Carey, author of The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere (Riverhead, $27.95, 9781594632051).
Monday, March 2, 2015On Fresh Air: Chris Offutt, author of The Same River Twice: A Memoir (Simon & Schuster, $14.95, 9780743229494).
Thursday, February 26, 2015On KCRW's Bookworm: Peter Cole, author of The Invention of Influence (New Directions, $16.95, 9780811221726).
On Fresh Air: Bill Gifford, author of Spring Chicken: Stay Young Forever (or Die Trying) (Grand Central, $27, 9781455527441).
Tuesday, February 24, 2015On Fresh Air: Philip Connors, author of All the Wrong Places: A Life Lost and Found (Norton, $25.95, 9780393088762).
On the Daily Show: Lynsey Addario, author of It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War (Penguin Press, $29.95, 9781594205378).