by James W. Hall
For almost 30 years, Shamus and Edgar Award winner James W. Hall has been exploring the nuances of his well-worn South Florida protagonist known only as Thorn. In The Big Finish, Thorn is getting a little long in the tooth, though like Michael Connelly's Bosch or Robert B. Parker's Spenser, he ages well. Quick to action when he sees wrongdoing, he remains true to his moral compass even if he can't outrun trouble so easily anymore or throw an uppercut takeout punch. Good thing for him his best friend, former
by Donald Hall
Bearded and etched with lines like a dry riverbed, the face of poet and essayist Donald Hall (The Best Day the Worst Day) gazes out from the cover of his collection Essays After Eighty. The unretouched honesty of that visage telegraphs the frankness, pathos and humor of these 14 essays about the "ceremony of losses" that is old age.
Hall lives alone in the New Hampshire farmhouse first occupied by his great-grandfather in 1865. It's the setting for "Out the Window," the first and most beautiful essay in the
by Lori Nichols
The baby sister introduced in Maple gets a bit older and the sisters' relationship grows a bit more complicated in Lori Nichols's charming and insightful companion picture book.
"Maple and her little sister, Willow, were always together," opens Nichols's narrative. Maple takes Willow by the hand, and their namesake trees provide the backdrop. Nichols pictures them on a bed of leaves and making snow angels through the seasons, plus sharing their daily routine (most nights, Willow winds up in Maple's bed) as
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by Tristram Hunt
Ten cities of the British Empire and how they grew.
by Julie Kagawa
A suspenseful adventure of two dragon twins, attempting to assimilate as humans in a beach town, encountering dangers from all sides.
by Adam James Jones
A debut author offers his interpretation of the life of one of the nation's first serial killers.
God'll Cut You Down: The Tangled Tale of a White Supremacist, a Black Hustler, a Murder, and How I Lost a Year in Mississippi
by John Safran
An unlikely account of the murder of a white supremacist in Mississippi from a Jewish Australian comedian.
by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Pamela Smith Hill, editor
Laura Ingalls Wilder's original memoir, which formed the basis of her popular Little House books.
by Emily Arnold McCully
A picture-book biography certain to please animal lovers as well as history and movie buffs.
by Ildefonso Falcones
An exotic and romantic tapestry of gypsy life in 18th-century Spain.
by Lee Jackson
The muck of historic London, replete with colorful characters and wisdom for the modern age.
by Don George, editor
Adventures from around the world that altered the famous writers who experienced them.
by Benito Pérez Galdós, trans. by Margaret Jull Costa
A witty 19th-century Spanish classic about a compromised young woman and the two men who love her.
Thursday, December 18, 2014On KCRW's Bookworm: Marilynne Robinson, author of Lila (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $26, 9780374187613).
Wednesday, December 17, 2014On Fresh Air: Robert Beachy, author of Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity (Knopf, $27.95, 9780307272102).
On the Colbert Report: Phil Klay, author of Redeployment (Penguin Press, $26.95, 9781594204999).
Tuesday, December 16, 2014On Fresh Air: John Cleese, author of So, Anyway… (Crown Archetype, $28, 9780385348249).
Thursday, December 11, 2014On KCRW's Bookworm: Martin Amis, author of The Zone of Interest (Knopf, $26.95, 9780385353496).
On Fresh Air: Scott Saul, author of Becoming Richard Pryor (Harper, $27.99, 9780062123305).
Wednesday, December 10, 2014On Fresh Air: National Book Award–winner Jacqueline Woodson, author of Brown Girl Dreaming (Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Young Readers, $16.99, 9780399252518).
On the Daily Show: Suki Kim, author of Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite (Crown, $24, 9780307720658).