by Sy Montgomery
Readers who think of the octopus as only a sea-dwelling monster or a seafood delicacy should prepare to be astounded by naturalist Sy Montgomery's (The Good Good Pig) peek into the lives of these reclusive, intelligent creatures.
The moment she met a giant Pacific octopus called Athena at the New England Aquarium, Montgomery fell in love. She knew the basics about octopuses--they can change their color, regrow limbs, taste chemicals through their skin, squeeze through quarter-sized holes, lift 30 pounds with
by Rosemarie Freeney Harding, Rachel Elizabeth Harding
With Remnants: A Memoir of Spirit, Activism, and Mothering, Rosemarie Freeney Harding (1930-2004) leaves a legacy of spiritual wisdom and rich cultural history. Co-written with her daughter, Rachel Elizabeth Harding, an assistant professor of Indigenous Spiritual Traditions at the University of Colorado, the book recounts their family's lineage from enslavement in Georgia to a vibrant black community in Chicago, and back to the South again, where they were influential in the civil rights movement. After years
by Cherie Priest, illus. by Kali Ciesemier
In her first novel for young adults, Cherie Priest (Boneshaker) introduces Libby Deaton and May Harper, who unite to create the comics character Princess X. The story quickly becomes a gripping mystery after Libby mysteriously disappears and May becomes obsessed with finding her.
Libby and May meet in fifth grade at recess. Libby begins doodling with chalk. When a younger child asks Libby to draw a princess, May suggests, "Give her a sword," and Princess X is born--a brave girl who can combat ghosts as well
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by Chris Beckett
Humankind has spread across sunless Eden, bringing all the follies of civilization with it.
by Matt Lewis
An on-the-edge-of-your-seat true story of a fishing boat disaster.
by Pat Zietlow Miller, illus. by Eliza Wheeler
An elegant picture book ideal for graduation, urging adventure while assuring readers that they can go home again.
by Craig Johnson
Sheriff Walt Longmire and his quirky staff investigate the death of a Cheyenne Indian that may be tied to a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton.
by Marguerite Reed
A thought-provoking story about intelligent human beings who try to rise above their own emotional distress to create the best society they can, even with the rest of humanity against them.
by Diana Wagman
A middle-aged woman diagnosed with cancer looks back on a life that was altered by a sailing tragedy 30 years earlier.
Knit Wear Love: Foolproof Instructions for Knitting Your Best-Fitting Sweaters Ever in the Styles You Love to Wear
by Amy Herzog
Knitwear designer Amy Herzog's second book demystifies the process of knitting a custom-fit, flattering sweater.
by Douglas Florian
A gallery of dragons, introduced in rhyming couplets and drawn by a cast of child artists.
by Jeff Koehler
An illuminating history of the greatest tea on earth.
by Walter Mosley
Mosley's fifth Leonid McGill mystery features plenty of New York City crime and McGill punishment to keep readers going late into the night.
Thursday, May 28, 2015On KCRW's Bookworm: Valeria Luiselli, author of Faces in the Crowd (Coffee House Press, $15.95, 9781566893541).
Wednesday, May 27, 2015On Fresh Air: Maria Bello, author of Whatever... Love Is Love: Questioning the Labels We Give Ourselves (Dey Street, $25.99, 9780062351838).
On Diane Rehm: readers review Euphoria by Lily King (Grove Press, $16, 9780802123701).