by Reif Larsen
In his second novel, Reif Larsen (The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet) has woven a story of Homeric proportions. I Am Radar is about electricity. From New Jersey to Cambodia and throughout the 20th century, Larsen recounts the lives of people connected by a secret Norwegian organization formed during World War II and known as Kirkenesferda. It's a wild ride with an unconventional structure and enormous cast of unforgettable characters.
A white couple living in New Jersey gives birth to a black
by T. Geronimo Johnson
T. Geronimo Johnson (Hold It 'Til It Hurts) turns his satiric eye on race, class and so much more in a dark comedy set in the halls of academia and the heart of the Deep South.
Georgia native D'aron Davenport has a tough time fitting in during his freshman year at UC Berkeley until he's wrongfully accused of ridiculing Indian culture at a party. Three other freshman make the same faux pas, and they become an inseparable group nicknamed the Four Little Indians: D'aron, would-be social justice warrior Candice,
by Pam Muñoz Ryan
In this remarkable novel, Pam Muñoz Ryan (The Dreamer; Esperanza Rising) braids together three stories in which an unusual harmonica plays a part. She begins with a fairy tale and a prophecy: "Your fate is not yet sealed./ Even in the darkest night, a star will shine,/ a bell will chime, a path will be revealed."
Readers will move swiftly through the novel's nearly 600 pages to find out how the prophecy comes to pass. The surprising twists and turns ratchet up the suspense within the individual stories
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by Laura Van Den Berg
A short story writer's debut novel features a young woman trying to find the mother who abandoned her.
by Elliot Ackerman
A poignant first novel about a war-orphaned young Afghan soldier.
by Michael Meyer
What "socialism with Chinese characteristics" looks like in rural Manchuria.
by Alan Murray
A novel of love and bicycles, both funny and poignant, beginning in Mussolini's Italy and traveling around the world.
by Richard Price, writing as Harry Brandt
A disgraced New York City cop is unwittingly pulled back into the circle of lies and deceit that destroyed his life two decades earlier.
by Jorie Graham
Nearly 40 years of challenging and demanding work by a Pulitzer-winning poet are gathered in this one volume.
by Joe Abercrombie
Another entertaining burst of battle, magic and political machinations from the always reliable Joe Abercrombie.
by Sean Taylor, illus. by Jean Jullien
An enchanting hero of the night with a flair for words, decked out in feathered finery.
by Kate Alcott
A glittery behind-the-scenes look at the making of Gone with the Wind and the romance between one of its stars, Clark Gable, and Carole Lombard.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015On Fresh Air: Philip Connors, author of All the Wrong Places: A Life Lost and Found (Norton, $25.95, 9780393088762).
On the Daily Show: Lynsey Addario, author of It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War (Penguin Press, $29.95, 9781594205378).
Monday, February 23, 2015On NPR's All Things Considered: Elisa Albert, author of After Birth (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $23, 9780544273733).
On Fresh Air: David Treuer, author of Prudence: A Novel (Riverhead, $27.95, 9781594633089).
Thursday, February 19, 2015On KCRW's Bookworm: Chang-rae Lee, author of On Such a Full Sea (Riverhead, $16, 9781594632891).
On Diane Rehm: Neil Gaiman, author of Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances (Morrow, $26.99, 9780062330260).
Wednesday, February 18, 2015On Fresh Air: David Remnick, editor of the New Yorker, on the magazine's 90th anniversary.
On Diane Rehm: Anya Kamenetz, author of The Test: Why Our Schools are Obsessed with Standardized Testing--but You Don't Have to Be (PublicAffairs, $25.99, 9781610394413).