June 25, 2013 In Israeli artist Rutu Modan's The Property, a young woman accompanies her grandmother to Warsaw to reclaim an apartment building their family had to abandon in World War II. As they search through dusty records, family secrets soon come to light in this wryly funny and ultimately wrenching graphic novel.
June 26, 2013 A British naturalist roams the pampas in search of a mythical rabbit that flies. But Cesare Aira's absurd, hilarious The Hare is no Argentine cowboy story. It's more like an episode of Star Trek — crossed with Lawrence of Arabia.
June 27, 2013 Cartoonist Guy Delisle turns his attention from places like Myanmar and North Korea to the more domestic struggle of child rearing in his wry new book, A User's Guide to Neglectful Parenting. Reviewer Glen Weldon says it's slighter than Delisle's travel books, but "brighter and funnier as well."
July 20, 2013 Movie star Ava Gardner agreed to write her memoirs with British journalist Peter Evans in 1988. Now, after the deaths of both Gardner and Evans, the results of their abortive collaboration are being published. Reviewer Bob Mondello says the book is dead on arrival.
July 4, 2013 Graphic novelist Dash Shaw's latest, New School, is an enigmatic tale of brotherly disconnect, set in a strange time-themed amusement park called Clockworld. Reviewer Glen Weldon says New School is a "defiantly odd, quietly gorgeous, utterly singular book."
July 4, 2013 Cathleen Schine's new novel follows a young boy and his older half-sister, making a life for themselves in Greenwich Village. Reviewer Heller McAlpin says Fin & Lady is entertaining and moving.
July 5, 2013 Tash Aw's Five Star Billionaire, set in Shanghai, explores the dynamic tumult of that city. Reviewer Ellah Allfrey says that Aw, with gentle compassion and keen understanding, shows his characters succumb to the lure of a city where everything seems possible.
July 9, 2013 Novelist Kate Christensen has written a food memoir like no other. Although the author's food writing is enchanting, says reviewer Maria Russo, the sloppy, thrilling, innovative Blue Plate Special isn't really about food. It's more concerned with the heartbreak that shapes a creative life.
July 10, 2013 Charlie Huston's new thriller is a fast-paced and action-packed tale of a retired assassin who rejoins the game to protect a roboticist as she tracks a computer virus. But reviewer Alan Cheuse says "the action comes bracketed with a load of rhetoric," which ultimately put him to sleep.
July 11, 2013 An autobiographical exploration of fatherhood and faith, Jeffrey Brown's A Matter of Life is his most personal work to date — which says a lot, given the confessional cartoonist's revealing past works. Reviewer Jody Arlington finds this new book both wise and hilarious.