by Paul Bailey
In 1927, 19-year-old Dinu Grigorescu arrives in Paris from Bucharest, sent by his father to spend a summer adventuring in the City of Light and recovering from the unexpected death of his mother. In the late 1960s, an elderly Dinu sits down in London to write the story of that summer in Paris, recalling with tenderness his first visit to a whorehouse known to offer men the services of men; the lover he found at that establishment and kept for a lifetime; and the unexpected ways that a forbidden affair could
by Eliza Granville
Eliza Granville's debut novel, Gretel and the Dark, is a grim, spooky fairy tale, but it boasts another layer: it is also a meditation on historical good and evil, set both in Nazi Germany and fin-de-siècle Austria.
In 1899, a shockingly beautiful young woman is rescued off the street and delivered to the home of celebrated Viennese psychoanalyst Josef Breuer. She is emaciated, beaten, shorn, with numbers inked on her arm; she claims to have no identity, so the besotted Josef calls her Lilie. Her story
by Marie Lu
A Game of Thrones meets X-Men in this 14th-century fantasy from Marie Lu (the Legend trilogy), in a world where "fear is power."
Sixteen-year-old Adelina Amouteru is a malfetto, one whose appearance is "marked" by the blood fever that crippled the country of Kenettra and claimed her mother's life. The blood fever took Adelina's left eye, turned her hair silver and gave her a power that's remained dormant--until the fateful night her merchant father agrees to trade her to a suitor in exchange for cleared debts.
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The Art of the English Murder: From Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes to Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock
by Lucy Worsley
A vivid account of the art of British murder rendered with style and aplomb.
by John Sandford
Another funny Virgil Flowers mystery, which follows his investigations into dognappings, a meth lab and corrupt school officials.
This wild graphic novel adventure, which integrates Greek mythology references, offers food for thought and a feast for the eyes.
by Louisa Treger
A lively debut novel about H.G. Wells's lover, the rebellious Dorothy Richardson.
by Richard Katrovas
A poet's take on raising his daughters in two countries is an insightful rumination on being human across geographical and emotional divisions.
by Valerie Geary
Two young sisters learning the challenges of adulthood and the essence of family while they solve a murder mystery.
by Felix Francis
A rollicking, very British tale of modern horse-racing, murder and intrigue by Dick Francis's son and heir to his literary empire.
by Caroline Tung Richmond
In this engrossing alternate history/science fiction debut, one girl takes on a worldwide Nazi Empire in 2024.
by Sari Botton, editor
An eclectic collection of essays praising life in New York City, in counterpoint to editor Botton's previous collection about leaving the city.
by Julia Elliott
A collection of short stories that pushes the boundaries of conventional storytelling, from a new voice in fiction.
Thursday, October 16, 2014On KCRW's Bookworm: David Mitchell, author of The Bone Clocks (Random House, $30, 9781400065677).
On the Diane Rehm Show: Colm Toibin, author of Nora Webster: A Novel (Scribner, $27, 9781439138335).
On the Daily Show: Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption (Spiegel & Grau, $28, 9780812994520).
On the Colbert Report: William Deresiewicz, author of Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life (Free Press, $26, 9781476702711).
Wednesday, October 15, 2014On Diane Rehm: Suki Kim, author of Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite (Crown, $24, 9780307720658).
On the Daily Show: Bill O'Reilly, co-author of Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General (Holt, $30, 9780805096682).
Tuesday, October 14, 2014On Fresh Air: James Risen, author of Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28, 9780544341418).
On the Diane Rehm Show: Leon Panetta, co-author of Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace (Penguin Press, $36, 9781594205965).
On the Colbert Report: Neil Young, author of Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life & Cars (Blue Rider, $32, 9780399172083).
Monday, October 13, 2014On NPR's Morning Edition: Dan Pashman, author of Eat More Better: How to Make Every Bite More Delicious (Simon & Schuster, $24.99, 9781451689730).
On the Diane Rehm Show: Danny Aiello, author of I Only Know Who I Am When I Am Somebody Else: My Life on the Street, On the Stage, and in the Movies (Gallery Books, $26, 9781476751900).
Thursday, October 9, 2014On the Diane Rehm Show: Yochi Dreazen, author of The Invisible Front: Love and Loss in an Era of Endless War (Crown, $26, 9780385347839).
On Fresh Air: Jake Halpern, author of Bad Paper: Chasing Debt from Wall Street to the Underworld (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $25, 9780374108236).