March 30, 2014 Author Roy Peter Clark recommends three books that are hardly the work of your average agony aunt: a WWII-era cookbook, an zoological sex guide and a compilation of 60 years of no-nonsense advice.
March 29, 2014 Nick Lantz's third collection, How to Dance as the Roof Caves In, could hardly be called cheerful. But his poems of divorce and recession are accessible and entertaining, even at their most grim.
March 28, 2014 In honor of the newly discovered planet, 2012 VP113, aka Biden, author Jason Sheehan recommends First Light by Richard Preston and Andy Weir suggests the short story "Flatlander," by Larry Niven.
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March 27, 2014 Music journalist Holly George-Warren's new book traces the troubled life and backwards career arc of Big Star's Alex Chilton. Reviewer Jason Heller says the book is a poignant and forthright portrait.
March 27, 2014 Poet Tess Taylor reviews Nick Lantz's third poetry collection, How to Dance As The Roof Caves In.
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March 26, 2014 Karen Russell has set her latest story in a terrible future where insomnia has become a national crisis. Sleep Donation is a digital download from a new publisher called Atavist Books.
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March 26, 2014 In his short story collection, former Marine Phil Klay takes his experience in Iraq and clarifies it, lucidly tracing the moral, political and psychological curlicues of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
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March 25, 2014 Teju Cole's latest book describes a young New York doctor's visit back to his Nigerian hometown, where he encounters a Clockwork Orange world of misery and corruption.
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March 25, 2014 David Grossman's new book, half poem and half novel, is a dramatic, allegorical study of archetypal characters wandering in the wake of grief. Reviewer Alan Cheuse compares the story to Our Town.
March 23, 2014 John Crowley's sweeping, epic novel follows four generations of the Drinkwater family. Author Lauren Oliver says this imaginative book reminds her why she likes reading in the first place.
March 22, 2014 The new League of Extraordinary Gentlemen book pits Captain Nemo's daughter against dark forces in a silent-film inspired Berlin. Reviewer Etelka Lehoczky says Nemo: Roses of Berlin is uneven but fun.
March 19, 2014 The Time Traveler's Almanac is a gigantic new compilation of — you guessed it — stories about time travel. Reviewer Jason Sheehan says the selection of stories and authors is very nearly perfect.
March 18, 2014 Simon Schama's new history of the Jews covers several millenia in the first of two planned volumes. Reviewer J.P. O'Malley says it drives home an important point: anti-Semitism is nothing new.
March 18, 2014 Alan Cheuse reviews the odd little novel Falling Out of Time, by Israeli writer David Grossman.
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March 18, 2014 The 19th century Connecticut school sought to convert young men from Hawaii, China, India and the Native American nations and then send them home as Christian missionaries. It did not go as planned.
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