by Danica Novgorodoff
Danica Novgorodoff (Refresh, Refresh) puts a romantically morbid spin on an ancient Chinese tradition in her lushly illustrated story of a second son trying to please his parents.
When Deshi Li's older brother, Wei, dies after the two squabble, their inconsolable parents charge Deshi with the task of finding his deceased brother a wife. In China, an old tradition allows families to marry a dead son to a dead single woman so they might spend eternity together. When the grave robber provides only a rotting corpse,
by Barbara Ehrenreich
Barbara Ehrenreich earned a Ph.D. in chemistry before achieving recognition for her writing on contemporary social issues (Nickel and Dimed; Bright-Sided). Her work has always reflected the rigors of science combined with her own empirical experience. Those qualities inform Living with a Wild God, a breathtaking and unsettling account of her lifelong search for meaning.
Ehrenreich, with dysfunctional alcoholic parents and boasting a precocious intellect, began keeping a journal at 14. She wrote to understand
by Shirley Parenteau, illus. by David Walker
Big Brown Bear wants to entice four "grimy" but stubborn cubs into the bath, and finds a wonderful way to accomplish his mission in this fresh twist on bathtime tales.
An inviting tub awaits: "Water, soap, and/ sponge are there./ The bath is ready./ Where are the bears?" A gentle rhyme introduces the cast: cobwebby Floppy Bear; mud-spattered Fuzzy Bear; Calico, whose fur is sweaty "from playing hard"; and Yellow Bear--"He's stinky and/ he doesn't care." The four cubs see the tub and "Big Brown Bear/ waiting
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by Ellen Gilchrist
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by Maxine Kumin
The final book by one of our most respected and beloved poets, whose poems had, in her own words, "real manure and real rain" in them.
by Marthe Jocelyn
Eight very different 16-year-olds come of age at a British boarding school during the Vietnam War.
by The Culinary Institute of America, Robert Briggs
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by Thomas Goetz
The compelling connection between Sherlock Holmes and the search for a tuberculosis cure.
by Arlo Crawford
A season of hard work on an organic produce farm leaves a man questioning his life choices.
by Alexandra Duncan
Ava's journey from the stars to Earth takes her from a place of weakness to a place of personal strength.
by Charles Frankel
A detailed geological guide to the French terroir and the wine it produces.
by Julia MacDonnell
A 68-year-old Irish-Catholic woman with memory loss reconstructs her past--from the author of A Year of Favor.
by Alena Graedon
In a not-so-distant future in which print books are dying, our dependence on technology threatens our ability to communicate.
Thursday, April 17, 2014On KCRW's Bookworm: Dustin Long, author of Bad Teeth: A Novel (New Harvest, $25, 9780544262003).
On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, authors of The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance--What Women Should Know (HarperBusiness, $27.99, 9780062230621).
Tuesday, April 15, 2014On Fresh Air: Carlotta Gall, author of The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28, 9780544046696).
On Diane Rehm: Akhil Sharma, author of Family Life: A Novel (Norton, $23.95, 9780393060058).
Monday, April 14, 2014On NPR's Morning Edition: Susan Shillinglaw, author of On Reading The Grapes of Wrath (Penguin, $14, 9780143125501).
On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: William D. Cohan, author of The Price of Silence: The Duke Lacrosse Scandal, the Power of the Elite, and the Corruption of Our Great Universities (Scribner, $35, 9781451681796).
Thursday, April 10, 2014On KCRW's Bookworm: Michelle Huneven, author of Off Course: A Novel (Sarah Crichton Books, $26, 9780374224479).
Wednesday, April 9, 2014On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: Martin Goldsmith, author of Alex's Wake: A Voyage of Betrayal and a Journey of Remembrance (Da Capo Press, $25.99, 9780306823220).
On the Colbert Report: Sheryl Sandberg, author of Lean In: For Graduates (Knopf, $24.95, 9780385353670).