by Michael Perry
Humorist Michael Perry (Coop) makes a foray into fiction with The Jesus Cow, a novel about a small town transformed in profound and hilarious ways by a bull calf born in a barn on Christmas Eve.
Perry sets the story in Swivel, Wis.--population exaggerated at 562--only visible from the interstate by a long-stemmed, halogen-lit Kwik Pump gasoline sign whose "logo glows against the sky." He focuses on resident Harley Jackson, who lives in the house where he grew up, on 15 acres of deteriorating farmland.
by Jim Shepard
Following two distinctive and critically praised short story collections, Like You'd Understand, Anyway and You Think That's Bad, Jim Shepard has written a novel for the first time in a decade. In The Book of Aron, he imagines the early years of the Warsaw Ghetto through the eyes of an adolescent whose life intersects with that of Janusz Korczak, the real-life doctor whose struggle to save the lives of some 200 children in his orphanage was one of World War II's great tales of
by Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, illus. by Christopher Myers
Jacob Lawrence (1917–2000) created the 60 panels of his the Migration of the Negro series in 1941 at the age of 23. This sumptuous slice-of-life biography with illustrations by Caldecott Honor artist Christopher Myers (Harlem) plants some seeds in childhood for the artist who would grow up to immortalize his era.
Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts (Harlem Is Nowhere), in her first book for young people, describes the young artist at 13, when he moves to Harlem: "In the morning Jake watches the sun wake up.... He makes
Shelf Awareness is a free e-newsletter about books and the book industry. We have two separate versions:
For Readers: Discover the 25 best books coming out this week as selected by our industry insiders. (Tuesdays and Fridays.) Sign up now.
For Book Trade Professionals: Receive daily enlightenment with our FREE weekday trade newsletter. Sign up now.
by Neal Stephenson
An epic that begins with lunar destruction, and then proceeds into the distant future, never once losing sight of the human race that still survives in the face of incalculable odds.
by William Hjortsberg
A 1960s drug-fueled adventure searching for a kidnapped wife in Mexico.
by Kate Schatz, illus. by Miriam Klein Stahl
An A–Z guide to women who changed the course of history.
by David Gates
The nuance, irony and pain of smart characters with lots of troubles.
by Ken Kalfus
A playful and poignant collection of fiction that masterfully toes the line between comic and tragic.
by Joseph J. Ellis
A fascinating look at the four men most responsible for the creation of the U.S. government.
by Aleksandar Hemon
A new direction from a contemporary American treasure.
by Lauren Frankel
A tricky, smart riddle in novel form about bullying and family secrets.
by Charles Dubow
A lifetime of love and lust, with a backdrop of fine art, vast wealth and high society.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015On Fresh Air: Maria Bello, author of Whatever... Love Is Love: Questioning the Labels We Give Ourselves (Dey Street, $25.99, 9780062351838).
On Diane Rehm: readers review Euphoria by Lily King (Grove Press, $16, 9780802123701).