by Bryan Stevenson
With all the suspense of a John Grisham thriller, attorney Bryan Stevenson, director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Ala., offers a narrative about his work with the people most desperately in need of legal assistance.
Just Mercy centers on the story of Walter McMillian, a young, black entrepreneur who was convicted of a murder he insisted he didn't commit. The evidence supporting McMillian's claim was overwhelming, yet he was sentenced to die in the electric chair. When Stevenson takes on McMillian's
by Azar Nafisi
Inspired by a young Iranian man who believed Americans don't--or rather, can't--truly care about books, Azar Nafisi (Reading Lolita in Tehran) considers if the privileges Americans enjoy insulate them from the world's great literature, particularly their own. Must one be a revolutionary to appreciate radical books and lyrical prose? As literature is deemphasized in favor of STEM education and career readiness in schools, how can readers protect their own sacred territory, the Republic of Imagination?
by Garth Nix
Set in the Old Kingdom, 600 years before events related in Sabriel, Garth Nix's new novel immediately plunges readers into the same complex world of Charter Mages, Free Magic and sorcery. Here the author features 17-year-old Clariel, who wants nothing to do with politics or power, yet becomes deeply embroiled in both.
Forced to leave behind her beloved town of Estwael, encircled by the Great Forest, for the capital city of Belisaere, Clariel desperately wants to return home and become a Borderer, one of the
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by Tasha Alexander
An absorbing double mystery, with witty characters and a lavishly detailed Victorian setting.
by Mac Barnett, illus. by Jon Klassen
A topsy-turvy treasure-seeking adventure that changes the lives of two brothers and their dog forever.
by William Joyce, Kenny Callicutt
A visually layered retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk from Moonbot Studios.
by Donald McCaig
A familiar, but not unoriginal, expansion on a beloved character from a classic American epic.
by Alison Hawthorne Deming
A lyrical meditation on animals and their relationship to mankind, from folklore to modern conservation efforts.
by Stanley Plumly
What happened at a memorable dinner attended by three men who would go on to typify the Romantic era.
by Jennifer Kingsley
A two-month journey across the Canadian Arctic wilderness tests the physical and emotional limits of six friends.
by Bill Roorbach
Two strangers waiting out a Maine blizzard together force each other to accept truths they've been denying.
by Erin Beresini
One woman's exhilarating experience in a strange extreme sport.
by Mary Oliver
A beautiful new collection centered on the natural world from a master poet.
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).
Wednesday, October 22, 2014On Fresh Air: Gerard Russell, author of Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms: Journeys into the Disappearing Religions of the Middle East (Basic Books, $28.99, 9780465030569).
Tuesday, October 21, 2014On the Diane Rehm Show: David Greene, author of Midnight in Siberia: A Train Journey into the Heart of Russia (Norton, $26.95, 9780393239959).
Monday, October 20, 2014On Fresh Air: Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption (Spiegel & Grau, $28, 9780812994520).
On the Diane Rehm Show: Rebecca Frankel, author of War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love (Palgrave Macmillan, $26, 9781137279682).
Thursday, October 16, 2014On KCRW's Bookworm: David Mitchell, author of The Bone Clocks (Random House, $30, 9781400065677).
On the Diane Rehm Show: Colm Toibin, author of Nora Webster: A Novel (Scribner, $27, 9781439138335).
On the Daily Show: Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption (Spiegel & Grau, $28, 9780812994520).
On the Colbert Report: William Deresiewicz, author of Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life (Free Press, $26, 9781476702711).