July 11, 2012 In his new memoir, David McGlynn describes how his teenage years were disrupted by violence. McGlynn was a swimmer who turned to evangelical Christianity in college. A Door in the Ocean is a compelling coming-of-age story marked by random tragedy and biblical tracts, church coffee and chlorine.
July 11, 2012 You won't find sparkling vampires here — Glen Duncan's latest supernatural novel is full of violence, gore and sex. A sequel to The Last Werewolf, it follows antihero Talulla Demetriou as she deals with her lycanthropy, pregnancy and, of course, some undead enemies.
July 10, 2012 Author Deborah Harkness hit it big in 2011 with A Discovery of Witches. The sequel, Shadow of Night, picks up where Witches left off, with historian Diana and her vampire lover Matthew on an adventure across 16th-century Europe amid a massive cast of historical characters.
July 5, 2012 In Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety, Daniel Smith delves into his own experiences with crippling neuroses, which he believes can be controlled if not cured. Anxiety afflicts 18 percent of the adult U.S. population, so Smith's candid self-exploration may prove helpful to many.
July 3, 2012 Gear up for this summer's Games with Chris Cleave's new novel about three Olympic cyclists. With careful pacing, complex characters and an ambitious plot, the author of Little Bee crafts a tale of sports racing that explores themes of time, ambition and love.
July 2, 2012 In Karen Thompson Walker's first book, climate change makes the Earth's rotation grow more and more sluggish, but this melancholy page-turner is more than just a disaster plot.
June 28, 2012 Maureen McLane's experimental essay collection, My Poets, blends her academic and intellectual experiences with the poetry that has inspired her. The NYU professor tells her story through a series of reflections on poets from Chaucer to William Carlos Williams.
June 27, 2012 Dozens of journalists have been killed on the job in the past decade. Joshua Henkin's new novel follows the family of a man killed while reporting from Iraq as it copes with his loss, and the various secrets each family member is keeping from the others.
June 26, 2012 Anthony Heilbut's essay collection, The Fan Who Knew Too Much, features reflections on the Queen of Soul, soap operas and Jewish immigrants. The highlight of this sometimes harsh collection, says Michael Schaub, is a history of LGBT contributions to gospel.
June 21, 2012 Brian Evenson's collection of 25 short stories examines the metaphysical in a blend of horror, sci-fi and Beckett. It's the most fun you can have contemplating your mortality.