by Sharma Shields
Does Sasquatch exist? He does for nine-year-old Eric Roebuck--he's his mother Agnes's boyfriend. The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac, the first novel from Sharma Shields (Favorite Monster), is a charming, witty, fairytale-like story with just the right touches of magic realism and darkness.
The "almanac" has 21 chapters that cover the years 1943 to 2006, each from a different character's point of view. In 1943, Eric's "kind but aloof" mother frequently vanishes into the woods surrounding their home on the Washington/Idaho
by Mai Al-Nakib
When Hayat, a Kuwaiti woman, took out a very old gift from her lost lover, "she would feel time collapse into something other than it happened to be at that moment. She would drift outside the lines in the sand, toward a glow around something she could almost make out, was on the verge of seeing clearly. It was like galloping through water or shooting up at the sun." Hers is one of many lives illuminated in Mai Al-Nakib's The Hidden Light of Objects, a debut collection of stories strung together by the common
by Dan Gemeinhart
Readers will be at the edge of their seats reading this story of a 12-year-old determined to carry out his promise to his grandfather: to climb Mt. Rainier.
The last thing Mark suffers from is self-pity. He was diagnosed with cancer at age five, it went into remission, but now it's back. His best friend, Jessica Rodriguez, has stuck by him through it all, and this platonic, enduring friendship at the center of the story buoys both Mark and readers. Mark's first-person narrative alternates with the third-person
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by George O'Connor
In the seventh in the Olympians series, the Trojan War is a microcosm of the feud between the gods of Olympus, with Ares front and center.
by Emma Hooper
An octogenarian's unexpected, inspirational walk across Canada, which prompts reflections on her life.
by Jenny Uglow
How the Napoleonic Wars shaped Great Britain, one life at a time.
by Liz Carlisle
How a few committed farmers revolutionized the soil with their responsible and ingenuous farming practices.
by Ian Bostridge
A nearly obsessive exploration of one of the world's most beautiful songs.
by Anthony Sattin
T.E. Lawrence's formative adventures as a young field archeologist and traveler.
by Wendy Lee
A quiet and emotionally satisfying family drama that spans decades and oceans.
by Romain Puertolas, trans. by Sam Taylor
A French border guard's cheeky take on consumerism, love and immigration policy.
by Selina Alko, illus. by Selina Alko, Sean Qualls
A picture-book rendering of a landmark civil rights case that boils down complex issues to its essence as a love story.
by Tina Seskis
A well-paced story of a woman on the run for a mysterious reason.
by Angelina Mirabella
The unlikely, humorous, heartrending story of a teenaged female wrestler in the 1950s.
Thursday, January 29, 2015On KCRW's Bookworm: Richard Ford, author of Let Me Be Frank With You (Ecco, $27.99, 9780061692062).
On the Daily Show: Sarah Chayes, author of Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security (Norton, $26.95, 9780393239461).
On Fresh Air: Jack Miles, editor of The Norton Anthology of World Religions: Volume 1: Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism; Volume 2: Judaism, Christianity, Islam (Norton, $100, 9780393062533).
Wednesday, January 28, 2015On Fresh Air: Frances Jensen, author of The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults (Harper, $27.99, 9780062067845).
Tuesday, January 27, 2015On the Daily Show: Jill Leovy, author of Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America (Spiegel & Grau, $28, 9780385529983).
On Diane Rehm: Sarah Chayes, author of Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security (Norton, $26.95, 9780393239461).
Monday, January 26, 2015On Fresh Air: Jill Leovy, author of Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America (Spiegel & Grau, $28, 9780385529983).
On Diane Rehm: Levi Tillemann, author of The Great Race: The Global Quest for the Car of the Future (Simon & Schuster, $28, 9781476773490).
Thursday, January 22, 2015On KCRW's Bookworm: Lydia Millet, author of Mermaids in Paradise: A Novel (W. W. Norton, $25.95, 9780393245622).
On the Diane Rehm Show: Brian Krebs, author of Spam Nation: The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime-from Global Epidemic to Your Front Door (Sourcebooks, $24.99, 9781402295614).