by Rick Bragg
The life of Jerry Lee "The Killer" Lewis is so much more than his signature hard-rocking, stand-up piano performance of "Great Balls of Fire!" and boffing his 13-year-old child-bride cousin. It's the story of a consummate performer with a knack for knowing the next big thing and the talent to capitalize on it. Of course, his seven marriages, taste for whiskey and guns, flirtation with death, flamboyant concerts and scandalous evangelist cousin Jimmy Swaggart haven't hurt his celebrity and fortune nor prevented
by Nick Hunt
Travel in the 21st century often involves extensive research: the cheapest plane tickets, the most charming bed-and-breakfasts, the must-see sights in each city. But when Nick Hunt set out in 2011 to walk from the Hook of Holland to the Golden Horn of Istanbul, he deliberately avoided research. Aside from booking accommodations through friends (and the occasional couch-surfing website), Hunt confined his inquiries to a set of battered books: Patrick "Paddy" Leigh Fermor's account of his own journey along the
by Christopher Paul Curtis
Christopher Paul Curtis revisits the Ontario, Canada, setting (40 years later) of his Newbery Honor book Elijah of Buxton with this multilayered companion novel that stands soundly on its own.
Set in 1901, the story alternates between the first-person narratives of two 13-year-old boys and the woods (and other factors) that separate them. Benjamin "Benji" Alston, an aspiring journalist, lives in Buxton, which was settled by former slaves. Scientifically minded Alvin "Red" Stockard hails from Chatham, where
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by Bob Shea, illus. by Lane Smith
A tortoise-riding boy sheriff and dinosaur buff who outsmarts a trio of bandit brothers in the Wild West.
by Chuck Palahniuk
One man's quest for global domination through the pleasures of erotic self-stimulation and sexual addiction.
by David DiBenedetto, the editors of Garden & Gun
A range of personal essays about dogs and why we love them--no matter what.
by Tove Jansson, trans. by Thomas Teal, Silvester Mazzarella
Offbeat themes and quirky characters in an extensive collection of translated short stories by Finnish author Tove Jansson.
by Samuel Hynes
The personal experiences of American pilots in World War I.
by Kathy Page
A heartbreaking and emotional account of one man's many years in prison as he struggles to discover who he is beneath his secrets.
by Samantha Harvey
A long, old-fashioned letter from a middle-aged woman to the treacherous friend who wrecked her marriage years ago.
by Amy Schwartz
A smile-inducing, cheerfully illustrated, rhyming list of children's favorite things.
by Sheri S. Tepper
An epic tome with a playful tone that brings much of Tepper's philosophical and narrative work into one fascinating and nuanced parable.
by Charlie Lovett
A light and good-hearted piece of historical and present-day fiction that lovers of Austen and antiquarian books will adore.
Thursday, October 30, 2014On KCRW's Bookworm: John Darnielle, author of Wolf in White Van (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $24, 9780374292089).
Wednesday, October 29, 2014On the Colbert Report: Jill Lepore, author of The Secret History of Wonder Woman (Knopf, $29.95, 9780385354042).
Tuesday, October 28, 2014On the Diane Rehm Show: David Rothkopf, author of National Insecurity: American Leadership in an Age of Fear (PublicAffairs, $29.99, 9781610393409).
On the Colbert Report: Michael Lewis, author of Liar's Poker (25th Anniversary Edition): Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street (Norton, $25.95, 9780393246100).
On Fresh Air: Amy Poehler, author of Yes Please (Dey Street Books, $28.99, 9780062268341).
Monday, October 27, 2014On Fresh Air: Jill Lepore, author of The Secret History of Wonder Woman (Knopf, $29.95, 9780385354042).
On the Diane Rehm Show: Herbie Hancock, co-author of Herbie Hancock: Possibilities (Viking, $29.95, 9780670014712).
On the Daily Show: Wendy Davis, author of Forgetting to Be Afraid: A Memoir (Blue Rider Press, $27.95, 9780399170577).
Thursday, October 23, 2014On Fresh Air: Jack Bishop and Bridget Lancaster of America's Test Kitchen talk about The Cook's Illustrated Meat Book: The Game-Changing Guide that Teaches You How to Cook Meat and Poultry with 425 Bulletproof Recipes (Cook's Illustrated, $40, 9781936493869).
On KCRW's Bookworm: Jonathan Coe, author of Expo 58: A Novel (New Harvest, $25, 9780544343764).