by Fredrik Backman
Ove, an elderly Swedish curmudgeon, always views the world in black and white, right and wrong. But when the three-year-old next door draws a picture of him, her mother explains to Ove, "You're the funniest thing she knows. That's why she always draws you in colour."
In his quirky, heartwarming debut, Fredrik Backman introduces the world to Ove, who recently lost his wife, Sonja, to cancer and his job to downsizing. Ove lived for both and feels suddenly irrelevant, so he's resolved to commit suicide. Fate has
by Jean-Patrick Manchette, trans. by Donald Nicholson-Smith
Michel Hartog, an architect, is made fabulously wealthy by the sudden death of his brother and sister-in-law. Along with their riches, he inherits the responsibility of caring for their spoiled young son, Peter. Michel, known to employ the damaged and ill, uses his wealth to have a shockingly beautiful young woman released from an insane asylum to look after Peter. Julie Ballanger is rightfully suspicious of her new patron, who immediately supplies her with alcohol (which mixes poorly with her medications).
by David A. Carter
After teaching the very young about "high and low" and "near and far" in The Happy Little Yellow Box: A Book of Opposites, which marked the debut of the star of this series, the Happy Little Yellow Box, David Carter now takes youngest readers from A to Z.
Once again, the predominantly black-and-white palette emulates a chalkboard, thick white lines on a black backdrop, making the high contrast easy for youngest eyes to decipher. The golden box and a touch of red here and there draw readers' attention where
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by David Khara, trans. by Simon John
In this breakneck thriller, a Wall Street trader must outwit shadowy Nazi forces.
by Amanda Petrusich
This book is about the men who meticulously collect pre-war vinyl and a music journalist who's not afraid to become a bit obsessive herself.
by Jodi Lynn Anderson
A haunting psychological thriller set in a small tourist town on the banks of Lake Michigan, from the author of Peaches.
by John Joseph
A hardcore musician offers a "no-holds-barred, New York-style beat-down on real health and real nutrition."
by Linda Porter
The significance of Mary, Queen of Scots, and her reign in the context of one of Britain's most complex and extended dynastic power struggles.
by Jason Boog
A timely and needed guide to fostering book love in young children.
by Lindsey Davis
A satisfying mystery set in ancient Rome, narrated by a witty detective.
by Robin Black
A deft exploration of a mature marriage with all the tension, patience, anger and love its longevity requires.
by Marisa McClellan
How preserving small batches of fruits and vegetables can be easy and productive.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: readers review Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Anchor, $15.95, 9780307455925).
On Fresh Air: Vint Virga, author of The Soul of All Living Creatures: What Animals Can Teach Us About Being Human (Broadway, $14.99, 9780307718877).
Tuesday, July 22, 2014On Fresh Air: Arthur Allen, author of The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl: How Two Brave Scientists Battled Typhus and Sabotaged the Nazis (Norton, $26.95, 9780393081015).
Monday, July 21, 2014On Fresh Air: Chris Tomlinson, author of Tomlinson Hill: The Remarkable Story of Two Families Who Share the Tomlinson Name--One White, One Black (Thomas Dunne Books, $26.99, 9781250005472).
Thursday, July 17, 2014On Fresh Air: Laura Erickson-Schroth, editor of Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community (Oxford University Press, $39.95, 9780199325351).
Tuesday, July 15, 2014On Fresh Air: Angela Ricketts, author of No Man's War: Irreverent Confessions of an Infantry Wife (Counterpoint, $26, 9781619023260).
On the Daily Show: Hillary Rodham Clinton, author of Hard Choices (Simon & Schuster, $35, 9781476751443).