by Steven Millhauser
Voices in the Night by Steven Millhauser (Martin Dressler) is a captivating group of 16 stories, whose decidedly fantastic perspective on ordinary life infuses mundane existence with a persistent sense of mystery and wonder.
A characteristic Millhauser story starts off in an unnamed, nondescript town where an odd event or series of them quickly alters everyday life. That's the essential plot device in "Phantoms," where people start seeing night visions, and "Elsewhere," where a collective wanderlust emerges
by Chigozie Obioma
When the four brothers who are the focus of Chigozie Obioma's debut novel, The Fishermen, decide to go down to their village river to fish, they have no way of knowing that their lives will be changed forever. But their encounter with the town madman on the riverbank--who prophesies that the oldest brother will be killed by one of his fellow fishermen--proves to be a turning point.
Told from the point of view of nine-year-old Benjamin, the youngest of the brothers, the story of Ikenna's descent into fear and
by Susan Juby
When they observe the healing powers of truth-telling, Susan Juby's (Alice, I Think) funny, smart 16-year-old narrator and her two best friends decide to form a Truth Commission.
Normandy Pale is writing this book as a work of creative nonfiction for her spring project junior year. Her author's note describes her anticipation of writing her acknowledgments: "It's going to be like writing an Academy Awards speech for an award that I gave to myself!" By footnote number 11, Norm admits that she and her friends
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by Santa Montefiore
A mother and a daughter both harbor secrets about the men they love.
by Alex Marshall
An engaging tale set in a violent and obsessively detailed fantasy world.
by Bruce Eric Kaplan
A nostalgic memoir of a 1960s-'70s American childhood from New Yorker cartoonist Bruce Eric Kaplan.
by Walter Kempowski, trans. by Shaun Whiteside
The last days of Nazi Germany explored through a collage of eyewitness accounts.
by Alice Schertle, illus. by Stephanie Yue
A mouse hero leads readers through his preparations and the changing seasons in his meadow home.
by Ginny Gilder
The exertions of rowing crew under Title IX, as a means to overcoming one woman's demons.
by Marian Palaia
The reckless Riley, a woman with enough heart to shoulder the still-troubling angst of the Vietnam War era.
by Charlotte Zolotow, illus. by Tiphanie Beeke
A collection of Charlotte Zolotow's poems that convey a reverence for nature and the insights to be discovered there.
by Riley Hanick
An innovative meditation on Jackson Pollock, Jack Kerouac and Dwight Eisenhower.
by Eric Bogosian
An impassioned history of revenge taken for the Armenian genocide.
Monday, April 27, 2015On Diane Rehm: Kate Mulgrew, author of Born with Teeth: A Memoir (Little, Brown, $28, 9780316334310).
Thursday, April 23, 2015On KCRW's Bookworm: Luis Alberto Urrea, author of Tijuana Book of the Dead (Soft Skull Press, $15.95, 9781619024823) and The Water Museum: Stories (Little, Brown, $25, 9780316334372).
On Diane Rehm: Jon Krakauer, author of Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town (Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385538732).
Wednesday, April 22, 2015On Diane Rehm: Jane Smiley, author of Early Warning: A Novel (Knopf, $26.95, 9780307700322).
On the Daily Show: Dana Perino, author of And the Good News Is...: Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side (Twelve, $26, 9781455584901).
Tuesday, April 21, 2015On Diane Rehm: Nora Pouillon, author of My Organic Life: How a Pioneering Chef Helped Shape the Way We Eat Today (Knopf, $26.95, 9780385350754).
On NPR's On Point: Kate Bolick, author of Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own (Crown, $26, 9780385347136).
Monday, April 20, 2015On Fresh Air: Toni Morrison, author of God Help the Child: A Novel (Knopf, $24.95, 9780307594174).
On Diane Rehm: Joseph Stiglitz, author of The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them (Norton, $28.95, 9780393248579).
On the Daily Show: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, author of Ashley's War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield (Harper, $26.99, 9780062333810).