by Rebecca Solnit, Rebecca Snedeker
Unfathomable City is no standard atlas. Rebecca Solnit (The Faraway Nearby) and filmmaker Rebecca Snedeker bring together writers, artists and cartographers to consider New Orleans, a city where the lines between races, cultures and even water and land blur and shift. Environmentalists, geographers, scholars, local experts and newcomers to the city explore New Orleans through the lenses of their respective concerns, their findings represented in 22 full-color, two-page maps as well as related essays.
by Marta McDowell
Landscape historian and horticulture instructor Marta McDowell knows how to mulch literary biography with botany. Her 2005 Emily Dickinson's Gardens: A Celebration of a Poet and Gardener entwined the floral and arboreal references in Dickinson's poems with scenes from the poet's life and top-dressed them with present-day cultivation advice. When a chance visit to Hill Top Farm awakened McDowell to the talents of Beatrix Potter, she was inspired to produce an even more floriferous (and critter-cute) hybrid.
by Alden Jones
"We leave home with an arsenal of things we know about the place we're going," Alden Jones writes in her mesmerizing travelogue, The Blind Masseuse. But, she cautions as she explains the title, "there is no disarming all of what we know, no matter how much touching and kneading and feeling we do.... What makes us blind is what we think we see."
Jones's awareness of the unknowable helps her appreciate the slippery slope between familiarity and exoticism. A sudden bump into a cow in the pitch-black Costa Rican
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by Terry Pratchett
The adventures of the Carpet People as they charge through the dust to save their own history.
by Isabel Greenberg
A pair of confounded lovers tell magical stories that encompass a world of graphic novelist Isabel Greenberg's vivid imagination.
by Joseph Conrad, illus. by Matt Kish
Matt Kish's visual take on the classic Conrad novel, page by page.
by Jo Nesbø
A psychopath is targeting police officers in Oslo, and Harry Hole can't sit back and watch his former colleagues continue to be slaughtered.
by Julia Spencer-Fleming
A dead federal agent, a missing child, a methamphetamine lab and a brutal ice storm all play a part in Spencer-Fleming's newest van Alstyne/Fergusson adventure.
by Dave Eggers, Jordan Bass, editors
15 years of the best in short fiction, poetry and more from the literary journal McSweeney's.
by Michael Perry
This book features the Midwestern wit of Michael Perry's monologues from his Wisconsin Chautauqua Tent Show Radio programs.
by Rachel Isadora
A captivating version of Old MacDonald set on a game farm in the Serengeti Plains.
by Mavis Doriel Hay
A classic British country-house murder with a holiday twist.
Monday, December 9, 2013On Fresh Air: Delia Ephron, author of Sister Mother Husband Dog: Etc. (Blue Rider Press, $25.95, 9780399166556).
On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: Gregg Easterbrook, author of The King of Sports: Football's Impact on America (Thomas Dunne Books, $25.99, 9781250011718).
On the Colbert Report: David Keith, author of A Case for Climate Engineering (Boston Review Books/MIT Press, $14.95, 9780262019828).