by Mike McCormack
Forensic Songs, the second collection of short stories from Mike McCormack, is a striking work of cross-genre virtuosity, where hints of speculative fiction and fable bring a surprising spark to McCormack's serious literary sensibility. These pieces are clever, touching, timely and at times prescient. Their skeletons are often the same; McCormack presents conflicting, seemingly irreconcilable perspectives. Two people are usually bound together and yet trapped in opposition: aging brothers, estranged spouses,
by Ben Macintyre
Ben Macintyre (Double Cross) offers a fresh look at master double agent Kim Philby, examining his duplicity against the backdrop of his closest friendships with fellow operatives who loved but never truly knew him. Charming, clever and almost universally liked, Philby rose through the ranks of British intelligence to become head of MI6's office in Washington, D.C. Along the way, he made many close friends in the intelligence community, including CIA counterintelligence head James Jesus Angleton, but none was
by Emily Carroll
Emily Carroll's ghost tale/graphic novel hybrid offers a visual representation of the kind of ghost stories told around the campfire--the ones that leave you with the feeling that the threat lurks just beyond the light cast by the flames. Carroll uses a muted palette of predominantly black, white, red and blue to chilling effect.
Jealousy, envy and fear permeate these five stories, and the woods mark a rite of passage. Once you enter, you can never go back to the innocence you'd known before. The middle of
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by Robert Benson
A charming, wise little book on writing that inspires as well as instructs.
by Joe Abercrombie
A rightful ruler cast out by his uncle forms a band of misfits in order to take back the throne.
by Kim Sunée
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by Miles J. Unger
A dazzling and surprising art-biography of the great Michelangelo.
by Amy Sohn
An up-and-coming actress's twisted relationship with one of Tinseltown's biggest stars.
by Ann Lewis Hamilton
A debut novel about what happens when vials are accidentally switched at a fertility clinic.
by Kelly DiPucchio, illus. by Brian Biggs
A comical tale of a boy, tired of school, who gets his wish to trade places with his dog.
by Susan Scarf Merrell
Shirley Jackson is brought back to life in a quietly disturbing tale worthy of its subject.
by Tom Wilkinson
An insightful, accessible book that answers the question of whether bad people can make good buildings.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014On Fresh Air: Robert Timberg, author of Blue-Eyed Boy: A Memoir (Penguin Press, $27.95, 9781594205668).
Monday, July 28, 2014On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: John W. Dean, author of The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It (Viking, $35, 9780670025367).
On the Daily Show: Sonia Nazario, author of Enrique's Journey: The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother (Random House, $16, 9780812971781).
Thursday, July 24, 2014On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: Miles J. Unger, author of Michelangelo: A Life in Six Masterpieces (Simon & Schuster, $29.95, 9781451678741).
Wednesday, July 23, 2014On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: readers review Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Anchor, $15.95, 9780307455925).
On Fresh Air: Vint Virga, author of The Soul of All Living Creatures: What Animals Can Teach Us About Being Human (Broadway, $14.99, 9780307718877).