July 31, 2014 Anya Ulinich's new graphic novel is inspired by Bernard Malamud's "The Barrel" — both star choosy loners looking for love. But Malamud's swoony violins and lit candles don't apply to Lena Finkle.
July 31, 2014 Yelena Akhtiorskaya's debut is a funny, sometimes heartbreaking, uniquely American chronicle of a family of Soviet immigrants who have transplanted a bit of their home to Brooklyn's Brighton Beach.
July 30, 2014 Amy Bloom's new novel follows two half-sisters from a disastrous stint in 1920s Hollywood, to happiness with an unexpected, impromptu family group in the disruptive years around World War II.
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July 29, 2014 Chris Leslie-Hynan's debut novel follows a white grad student who's a chauffeur to a black basketball player. It references The Great Gatsby often with fresh takes on race, manhood and meritocracy.
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July 29, 2014 Graphic novelist Emily Carroll's gorgeous new collection of horror stories entwines words and pictures to deliver delicious, twisted-fairy-tale chills. Strange things come and go in these woods.
July 28, 2014 Alan Cheuse reviews A Replacement Life, Boris Fishman's humorous account of Holocaust survivors in today's New York.
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July 27, 2014 Author Nick Ripatrazone recommends these three books for an out-of-body reverie. Here are otherworldly hymns, orphans that turn into birds, and updated Greek myths. They are all transformative.
July 27, 2014 Andrea Camilleri's Angelica's Smile is the 17th book in the Inspector Montalbano mystery series. It's not as tightly plotted as the others, but Camilleri's trademark charm is still in place.
Jason Aaron, who writes the Thor series for Marvel, says the female Thor is here to stay.
July 27, 2014 NPR's Lidia Jean Kott talked to Jason Aaron, the writer of the new female Thor. When she first talked to him she knew nothing about superhero comics, but after some research she became a fan.
July 24, 2014 Nick Harkaway's new novel mixes up a heady brew of comics, longing, tea, murder, post-colonial guilt and mystical tigers. Reviewer Jason Sheehan says it's "not just good, it's shake-a-granny good."
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July 24, 2014 Yelena Akhtiorskaya's debut novel is about a family that emigrates from Odessa to the Russian enclave of Brighton Beach in Brooklyn, N.Y. It's a funny tale full of insider knowledge and offbeat words.
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July 24, 2014 Get your comic fix this week with Bryan Lee O'Malley's Seconds and The Shadow Hero, by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew. Both books take up the idea of re-writing the past — but in very different ways.
July 23, 2014 Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare's effervescent comic about a flight-suited future teenager is now out in a paperback collection. Reviewer Etelka Lehoczky calls it "a high-spirited, often funny ride."
July 22, 2014 Alan Cheuse reviews Angels Make Their Hope Here, by Breena Clarke.
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July 22, 2014 Most of us, when we think of Victorian London, think of the work of Charles Dickens. Historian Judith Flanders' uses Dickens' words to paint a vivid portrait of a vibrant but troubled city.
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