by Shane Kuhn
Shane Kuhn's debut novel may have an innocuous title, but the titular instruction manual is far from toothless. The handbook is written by John Lago for the new employees at Human Resources, Inc., a placement agency for assassins who pretend to be interns in order to infiltrate major corporations and eliminate targets. John is about to turn 25, forced retirement age for HR employees--any older and the interns would draw attention. He wants to pass on his knowledge and survival skills so the new recruits
by Eloisa James
Eloisa James (A Duke of Her Own) continues her ravishing Desperate Duchesses series in this sexy romp between a decidedly ungentlemanly hero and a heroine who's as self-sufficient as her peers are dependent. Lady Xenobia's unconventional parents left her with little more than a title and her bizarre first name when they apparently abandoned her and then died in a carriage accident. Now a grown woman who goes by her middle name, India, she wants to marry on her own terms, which means earning her dowry by whipping
by Jean Craighead George, illus. by Wendell Minor
In her last picture-book collaboration with artist Wendell Minor, the late Jean Craighead George (Julie of the Wolves) tells the poignant story of the lineage of the saddleback tortoise from one imagined ancestor--Giantess George--and through it, teaches children how creatures evolve over time in order to adapt to their environment.
A born storyteller, Jean George describes Giantess George's lengthy presence on the planet, watching animals large and small "run over the footprints of
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by Julia Glass
A saga spanning three generations of a family's history, sparked by one man's efforts to discover who he is.
by Paul Torday
A disturbing thriller of missing children in a small English town, masquerading as a quiet tale about political red tape.
by Susan M. Wyler
A modern romance fraught with all the tension of Wuthering Heights.
by Pearl Cleage
The unedited journals of an acclaimed writer and activist, which reveal her struggle to be brave enough to live an authentic life.
by Meg Vandermerwe
A simple, powerful novel about soccer, South Africa and a girl who doesn't belong.
by Mara Rockliff, illus. by Eliza Wheeler
A fable filled with wordplay about a town that aligns its priorities when the Grudge Keeper goes missing.
by Gail Caldwell
How a woman's sense of herself is changed by two insightful doctors and one energetic dog.
by Mark Perry
Controversial general Douglas MacArthur's flawed brilliance on display during the Second World War.
by Yvette Manessis Corporon
An evocative debut novel of family, war, love and sacrifice set on a sun-drenched Greek island.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014On Fresh Air: Carlotta Gall, author of The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28, 9780544046696).
On Diane Rehm: Akhil Sharma, author of Family Life: A Novel (Norton, $23.95, 9780393060058).
Monday, April 14, 2014On NPR's Morning Edition: Susan Shillinglaw, author of On Reading The Grapes of Wrath (Penguin, $14, 9780143125501).
On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: William D. Cohan, author of The Price of Silence: The Duke Lacrosse Scandal, the Power of the Elite, and the Corruption of Our Great Universities (Scribner, $35, 9781451681796).
Thursday, April 10, 2014On KCRW's Bookworm: Michelle Huneven, author of Off Course: A Novel (Sarah Crichton Books, $26, 9780374224479).
Wednesday, April 9, 2014On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: Martin Goldsmith, author of Alex's Wake: A Voyage of Betrayal and a Journey of Remembrance (Da Capo Press, $25.99, 9780306823220).
On the Colbert Report: Sheryl Sandberg, author of Lean In: For Graduates (Knopf, $24.95, 9780385353670).
Tuesday, April 8, 2014On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: Scott Eyman, author of John Wayne: The Life and Legend (Simon & Schuster, $32.50, 9781439199589).
On the Colbert Report: Jane Goodall, author of Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants (Grand Central, $30, 9781455554492).