July 12, 2007 In his sterling short-story collection, Jack Pendarvis writes about life's losers but never condescends to them, no matter how stunted or strange they are. The result is funny and sad: You laugh at what's on the page; you're haunted by what's not.
July 4, 2007 If you're only going to read one book this year about getting stabbed in the eye and crushing tiny, helpless bunnies, then run right out and get Denis Johnson's Jesus' Son.
June 26, 2007 Matthew Sharpe's Jamestown is "a brilliant, bloody and blisteringly comic chronicle of the near future," recommended by Glen Weldon. After civilization's collapse, refugees journey to Virginia, where characters find themselves unwittingly replicating the historical founding of Jamestown.
June 25, 2007 M.F.K. Fisher's masterpiece is short enough to be enjoyed in a single summer afternoon, yet vivid enough to leave you longing for oysters and white wine long afterward.
June 24, 2007 Susan Richards Shreve's memoir of a mischievous childhood summer at FDR's Georgia polio sanitarium unspools in a voice that reads wry, wistful and sometimes offbeat, says 'Fresh Air' critic Maureen Corrigan.
June 22, 2007 Kevin Henkes' picture book entertains young readers with its charming illustrations and design. As the scope of Wemberly's anxiety grows, so does the font size on the page. This is a great book for young readers that are about to start school.
June 22, 2007 Tanglewreck is Jeanette Winterson's debut novel for kids, and it grabs young readers from the first with a description of a Time Tornado swallowing a red double-decker omnibus on London's Waterloo Bridge.
June 22, 2007 Richard Peck's novel follows 15-year-old Russell, a boy who doesn't understand the importance of going to school. But when Russell's teacher dies and his older sister takes over, she is determined to see that Russell graduates, whether he likes it or not.
June 22, 2007 Stormbreaker, the first in the series of adventure novels by Anthony Horowitz; hero Alex Rider is a kind of young James Bond working for the British intelligence service. Critic Nancy Pearl says this is a great choice for 11-to 14-year-old boys.
June 22, 2007 Ragweed, a country mouse who sets out for adventure in the big city, is a character that will hold readers' interest to the last page. Ragweed's confrontations with members of F.E.A.R. (Felines Enraged About Rodents) and the challenges he faces makes this a great family read-aloud.