by Aline Ohanesian
Aline Ohanesian's debut novel, Orhan's Inheritance, is a stunning exploration of how choosing to remember--and to forget--can shape an individual, a family and an entire people. The story opens on Kemal, an aging tailor found dead in a vat of cloth dye. His death is strange, but his will is even stranger: he has defied Turkish tradition and left his business to his grandson Orhan and his house to Seda, a stranger to the family living in an Armenian nursing home in Los Angeles.
Intending to recover his grandfather's
by Shanna Mahin
Jess Dunne, the protagonist of Shanna Mahin's Oh! You Pretty Things, is 29 years old, recently divorced, third-generation Hollywood and not sure what to do with her life. The story opens with her quitting a barista job at a hipster café because she's not hip enough to get the desirable morning shifts.
One thing she can do is cook, and the guy who takes her coveted shifts at the café refers her to his former boss, an Oscar-winning film composer who might be agoraphobic. Jess becomes the composer's
by Rita Williams-Garcia
Rita Williams-Garcia takes the three sisters introduced in her Newbery Honor book, One Crazy Summer, to their paternal grandmother's childhood home in Alabama, and digs deeply into the complexities of race and societal hierarchy during the summer of 1969.
Delphine, Vonetta and Fern are 12, 10 and eight, and they are processing what they are learning at different rates. Delphine knows that what's usual at home in Brooklyn is not so easily tolerated in the Deep South where Big Ma and her mother, Ma Charles, live.
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by Bruce Eric Kaplan
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by Alice Schertle, illus. by Stephanie Yue
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by Ginny Gilder
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by Marian Palaia
The reckless Riley, a woman with enough heart to shoulder the still-troubling angst of the Vietnam War era.
by Charlotte Zolotow, illus. by Tiphanie Beeke
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by Riley Hanick
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by Eric Bogosian
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Thursday, April 23, 2015On KCRW's Bookworm: Luis Alberto Urrea, author of Tijuana Book of the Dead (Soft Skull Press, $15.95, 9781619024823) and The Water Museum: Stories (Little, Brown, $25, 9780316334372).
On Diane Rehm: Jon Krakauer, author of Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town (Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385538732).
Wednesday, April 22, 2015On Diane Rehm: Jane Smiley, author of Early Warning: A Novel (Knopf, $26.95, 9780307700322).
On the Daily Show: Dana Perino, author of And the Good News Is...: Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side (Twelve, $26, 9781455584901).
Tuesday, April 21, 2015On Diane Rehm: Nora Pouillon, author of My Organic Life: How a Pioneering Chef Helped Shape the Way We Eat Today (Knopf, $26.95, 9780385350754).
On NPR's On Point: Kate Bolick, author of Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own (Crown, $26, 9780385347136).
Monday, April 20, 2015On Fresh Air: Toni Morrison, author of God Help the Child: A Novel (Knopf, $24.95, 9780307594174).
On Diane Rehm: Joseph Stiglitz, author of The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them (Norton, $28.95, 9780393248579).
On the Daily Show: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, author of Ashley's War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield (Harper, $26.99, 9780062333810).
Thursday, April 16, 2015On KCRW's Bookworm: David Vann, author of Aquarium (Atlantic Monthly Press, $24, 9780802123527).
On Diane Rehm: David Brooks, author of The Road to Character (Random House, $28, 9780812993257).
On the Daily Show: Eric Greitens, author of Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $26, 9780544323988).