June 14, 2012 What happens when an expendable starship crewman realizes he's expendable? John Scalzi's new Redshirts is a meta-narrative about outsmarting Narrative itself, and a multilayered love letter to fans of classic science fiction.
June 13, 2012 In Mark Haddon's new book, two estranged siblings — and their disjointed families — share a holiday just after their mother's funeral. There's tension and tenderness, but the novel's several perspectives result in the literary equivalent of a dropped cellphone call.
June 12, 2012 Fighting childhood obesity is both a personal and a public mission for first lady Michelle Obama. She has rethought her daughters' diets, and she launched the Let's Move! initiative to encourage more healthful lifestyles. She talks about ways to get children to eat well, and her new book, American Grown.
June 12, 2012 Kristen Iversen spent her childhood in the 1960s in Colorado near the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons factory, playing in fields that now appear to have been contaminated with plutonium. In Full Body Burden, she investigates the environmental scandal involving nuclear contamination around her childhood home.
June 12, 2012 In his latest novel, Mission to Paris, Furst returns to a Europe on the brink of war. Hollywood star Fredric Stahl gets mixed up with a host of unsavory characters while making a movie in France in 1938. It's historical fiction at its best.
June 12, 2012 A new book called Zoobiquity explores the diseases that humans and animals have in common. Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and journalist Kathryn Bowers explain how fainting fish, obese dragonflies, depressed gorillas and monkeys with heart failure can help inform human health.
June 11, 2012 Food truck culture is developing its own lingo, with words like "ventrification" and "nonstaurant." And, just like the lingo started by restaurant workers and truckers, these words may be coming to a slang dictionary near you soon.
June 11, 2012 Hollywood is forever going back to the well of literature for ideas. Author Tessa Harris says, if it's books Hollywood wants, there are still plenty of gems out there waiting to be discovered. She points to three books that should be movies — and you can recommend others in the comments section.
June 11, 2012 Exits are ubiquitous; long or short, grand or modest, we've all left something, from resigning from a long-held position to waving goodbye to a friend after lunch. In Exit: The Endings That Set Us Free, author Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot explores goodbyes through the stories of people in transition.
June 10, 2012 In a new autobiography, survivalist and television host Bear Grylls charts his journey from recalcitrant schoolboy to a spot in Britain's elite special forces, the SAS, and addresses the controversy surrounding his Discovery Channel show, Man vs. Wild.
June 10, 2012 A vacation in the remote English countryside brings all sorts of family tensions to a boil in Mark Haddon's latest novel, The Red House. Haddon says the poetic language in the book is as much a part of the narrative as any of the characters.