I Will Never See the World Again: The Memoir of an Imprisoned Writer, by Ahmet Altan
October 3, 2019 Confined in a tiny cell, Ahmet Altan recoils into his own thoughts; his talent as a writer allows him to communicate his experience in rich, haunting detail in I Will Never See the World Again.
Year of the Monkey, by Patti Smith
September 24, 2019 Smith's musical career sometimes threatens to overshadow her accomplishments in other creative fields, but every page in this book reminds us that she is an accomplished novelist, essayist and poet.
Savage Gods, by Paul Kingsnorth
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September 18, 2019 Paul Kingsnorth moved to a small farm in Ireland to be closer to the land and to reconnect with the essence of being. Instead of contentment, he found that it was tough to find meaning in writing.
September 9, 2019 Rachel Eve Moulton's story about a young woman in an abandoned town in the Black Hills of South Dakota will crawl into you and give you the shudders — just let it.
August 25, 2019 Rob Hart's new dystopian cyberthriller imagines a near-future America in a state of semi-collapse, where the only jobs available are in company towns built by an enormous conglomerate called Cloud.
Into the Planet: My Life as a Cave Diver, by Jill Heinerth
August 22, 2019 Jill Heinerth's memoir leads with her thoughts as she wonders if she will die underwater, setting the tone for an honest and engaging book about life as one of the world's top cave divers.
The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier, by Ian Urbina
August 21, 2019 Ian Urbina combines stellar investigative reporting skills and straightforward writing to convey what lies on the other side of the ocean — opposite cruise-ship vacations to beautiful beaches.
The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator, by Timothy C. Winegard
August 12, 2019 Timothy C. Winegard has written a well-researched work of narrative nonfiction that offers a history of the world through the role that mosquitoes — and mosquito-borne illnesses — have played in it.
J. Michael Straczynski attends the 30th annual Producers Guild Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 19, 2019 in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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July 23, 2019 While the prolific Hollywood writer's career is well-documented, his personal history has been a mystery. His memoir is painful and inspiring, infuriating and full of hope, humorous and depressing.
July 21, 2019 Hwang Sok-yong's novel is a perfect slice of Koreana; a touching, somewhat depressive narrative full of nostalgia exposing the underbelly of a nation via the people inhabiting society's bottom rung.
July 11, 2019 Pablo Medina's The Cuban Comedy walks a fine line between poetry and political satire. It follows a woman in rural 1960s Cuba who longs to be a poet, and the troubles she faces when she succeeds.
July 6, 2019 Chuck Wendig's massive new novel imagines a plague of sleepwalkers — unresponsive people endlessly walking to an unknown destination as a fearful, hate-ridden country tears itself apart around them.
June 19, 2019 Mark Haddon's new novel uses Shakespeare's Pericles and its founding myth of the villainous king Antiochus to explore aberrant family relationships, loss, depression, judgment and cowardice.
A night view of downtown Shanghai.
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June 16, 2019 NPR's Frank Langfitt wanted to get to know the real China, so he started a free taxi service in an effort to have conversations with a variety of people. His new book is the result of this reporting.
American writer William S. Burroughs poses during a portrait session at Bourges Railway Station on April 24, 1984 in Bourges, France.
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June 12, 2019 Relying on a wealth of research and documents, Casey Rae deftly maps out how one of America's most controversial literary figures transformed the lives of many notable rock musicians.