by Mark Merlis
One might find the works of Jonathan Ascher, the fictional '60s radical at the center of JD, shelved near Allen Ginsberg or Abbie Hoffman. His is a loud, dissenting voice, evidenced in his homoerotic magnum opus from which the book draws its name. Quieter, in this fictional world, is the voice of Ascher's widow Martha, who, years after her husband's death, begins to parse through the diaries he left behind. Between a few innocuous-looking pages lies the Pandora's box at the heart of this story, one that forces
by Kate White, editor
Food and drink often play a starring role in mystery novels, whether the victim is felled by a poisoned meal or the detective has a whiskey habit (we're looking at you, Philip Marlowe). Many cozy mystery series feature recipes in each book. In The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook, more than 100 "plot stirrers" offer up a wickedly delicious array of recipes--dishes both they and their characters love.
"Food isn't used just as a weapon," writes editor Kate White (Eyes on You) in the book's introduction. "It
by David Almond
David Almond's latest blends the hallmarks of many of his most powerful novels--the camaraderie of men in Kit's Wilderness, the dangerous play of boys in Clay, the damaged ones of Heaven Eyes who live at the edge of society.
Narrator Dominic Hall, son of a caulker in the shipyards, describes his childhood bond with Holly Stroud, daughter of a designer of ships. Almond cannily reports the comments and body language of the adults around Dominic to convey the societal divide. At first, Dom and Holly play together,
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by Christian Kiefer
A heartbreaking tale of one man's quest for redemption, with exquisite prose and a contemporary noir feel.
by Graham Holliday
The ultimate food safari on the streets of Vietnam from the Noodlepie blogger.
by Angela Dominguez
A mother and daughter combine their talents into a standout collaboration.
by Jacob Silverman
An incredibly detailed and eye-opening account of the state of social media, and the cost of constant connection.
by Roseanne Montillo
A dramatically told history of murder, madness and urban growing pains.
by Terrance Hayes
A poetry collection from National Book Award-winner Terrence Hayes that will surprise, entertain, teach and sing to you.
by David Morrell
A foggy gaslit Victorian mystery investigated by the elegantly drawn, opium-eating detective Thomas De Quincey.
by Clive James
A practical, witty and trenchant assessment of 20th-century British and American poetry.
by Abigail Thomas
Short essays by the author of A Three Dog Life reveal a life full of love, laughter, heartache and pain.
Monday, March 30, 2015On Fresh Air: Kevin Kruse, author of One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America (Basic, $29.99, 9780465049493).
On Diane Rehm: Benjamin Wittes and Gabriella Blum, authors of The Future of Violence: Robots and Germs, Hackers and Drones--Confronting a New Age of Threat (Basic, $29.99, 9780465089741).
Thursday, March 26, 2015On KCRW's Bookworm: Rachel Kushner, author of The Strange Case of Rachel K (New Directions, $19.95, 9780811224215).
On the Daily Show: John Hargrove, co-author of Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish (Palgrave Macmillan, $26, 9781137280107).
Wednesday, March 25, 2015On Diane Rehm: readers review All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (Scribner, $27, 9781476746586).
Tuesday, March 24, 2015On Diane Rehm: Martha Hodes, author of Mourning Lincoln (Yale University Press, $30, 9780300195804).
On the Daily Show: Jon Ronson, author of So You've Been Publicly Shamed (Riverhead, $27.95, 9781594487132).
Monday, March 23, 2015On Fresh Air: John Hargrove, co-author of Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish (Palgrave Macmillan, $26, 9781137280107).
On Diane Rehm: Misty Copeland, author of Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina (Touchstone, $15.99, 9781476737997).
On the Daily Show: Ayaan Hirsi Ali, author of Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now (Harper, $27.99, 9780062333933).