by Anchee Min
From the labor camps of Mao's China to the streets of Chicago and California, Anchee Min's The Cooked Seed offers readers a rare, honest account of being a poor, non-English-speaking immigrant in the U.S. Constantly fearing deportation, Min worked five jobs to pay for her schooling, rent and food. She learned English by watching Sesame Street and reading Gone with the Wind, lived in run-down storage spaces and cold apartments for the cheap rent and suffered a rape in silence, all the while struggling to grasp the American dream and the longed-for...
by Margalit Fox
In 1900, archeologist Arthur Evans uncovered a cache of clay tablets in an unknown script on Crete. For 50 years, scholars across the world struggled to decipher that script--Linear B--without knowing what language it encoded. In 1952, an amateur named Michael Ventris solved the puzzle with what is often presented as a single stroke of inspiration. Margalit Fox's The Riddle of the Labyrinth adds a new layer to this story.
Ventris's inspiration, it turns out, was based on the work of another, largely forgotten, scholar--classicist Alice Kober. Working...
by Paul Rudnick
Paul Rudnick (I Shudder) makes a smashing YA debut with this novel about what truly makes someone beautiful, the doors that beauty opens and the responsibility that comes with opportunity.
On Becky Randle's 18th birthday, her 400-pound mother dies. Before Becky left the house that morning, her mother told her, "Something is going to happen to you, and it's going to be magical." That magical something is a phone number for Tom Kelly, a world-famous designer. He offers Becky $1,000 and a plane ticket to New York, and she leaves behind her trailer park in...
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by Mick Herron
A sharply written, elaborately plotted tale of MI5 espionage conducted by the force's second stringers.
by Terry Eagleton
A renowned scholar who wrote the book on literary theory offers an accessible guide to applying it to our own reading.
Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted: And All the Brilliant Minds Who Made the Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic
by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
A terrific pop culture history--well-written, lovingly researched and chock full of great stories from the Mary Tyler Moore Show set.
by Lauren Miller
A girl caught between parallel universes who tries to find the life she's supposed to be living.
by Lian Dolan
Shakespeare as you've never seen him before, inspiring one woman's path to love, satisfaction and happiness.
by Lily Tuck
Lily Tuck's new story collection continues her wise exploration of romantic relationships where the women are usually far stronger than the men.
by Laurence Leamer
Laurence Leamer (The Kennedy Women; Sons of Camelot) follows an epic civil litigation from West Virginia's coal country to the Supreme Court.
by David Theodore George
A new model for understanding the origins of emotions helps determine whether they--and the behaviors they prompt--are appropriate.
by Joe Layden
A sensitively told true story about how a couple's love for horses united them beyond death.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013On the Colbert Report: Noah Feldman, author of Cool War: The Future of Global Competition (Random House, $26, 9780812992748).
Monday, May 20, 2013On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: Jessica Buchanan and Erik Landemalm, co-authors of Impossible Odds: The Kidnapping of Jessica Buchanan and Her Dramatic Rescue by SEAL Team Six (Atria, $26, 9781476725161).
Thursday, May 16, 2013On KCRW's Bookworm: Aleksandar Hemon, author of The Book of My Lives (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $25, 9780374115739).
On the Daily Show: George Packer, author of The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $27, 9780374102418).
Wednesday, May 15, 2013On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: Qais Akbar Omar, author of A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $27, 9780374157647).
Tuesday, May 14, 2013On NPR's Tell Me More: Kim Wong Keltner, author of Tiger Babies Strike Back: How I Was Raised by a Tiger Mom but Could Not Be Turned to the Dark Side (Morrow, $13.99, 9780062229298).
On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: Allen Frances, author of Saving Normal: An Insider's Revolt Against Out-of-Control Psychiatric Diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the Medicalization of Ordinary Life (Morrow, $27.99, 9780062229250).
On the Colbert Report: Dan Brown, author of Inferno: A Novel (Doubleday, $29.95, 9780385537858).