"Mozart and Leadbelly" by Ernest Gaines
Ernest Gaines' latest book is a collection of essays and short stories titled "Mozart and Leadbelly", and in it he shares his own experiences as a boy in the Mississippi Delta in the thirties.
"The Memory Keeper's Daughter" by KIm Edwards
Kim Edwards' The Memory Keeper's Daughter is a brilliantly crafted family drama that explores every mother's silent fear: what would happen if you lost your child and she grew up without you?
"The United States of Appalachia" by Jeff Biggers
If your vision of Appalachia is that of a backward, inbred region of the country, then you need to read Jeff Biggers's new book, "The United States of Appalachia." In it, Jeff shows that despite misrepresentation by the mass media, Appalachia has long been a cradle of freedom and independence and a hotbed for literature and music.
"The United States of Wal-Mart" by John Dicker
It employs one of every 115 American workers. It's the largest grocer in the world, the largest jeweler in the world and the richest company in the world, with $288 billion in annual sales. And in less than two years, it's estimated that it will control 35 percent of all food and drug sales in the United States. It's Walmart, and it's the subject of John Dicker's new book, "The United States of Wal-Mart." John is a journalist based in Denver, whose work has appeared in The Nation, Salon, and...
"The Colony" by John Tayman
"The Colony" by John Tayman chronicles the history of a leprosy colony that was established on Molokai, one of the Hawaiian Islands, in the mid 1800's.
"Possible Side Effects" by Augusten Burroughs
Augusten Burroughs' latest book is "Possible Side Effects," a collection of essays that has all the trademarks of his earlier books - the pieces are often thoughtful, sometimes scathing, and more likely than not, funny - although not all are. Sometimes his topics would be diminished by humor; instead they pierce you to the heart.
"The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre" by Dominic Smith
Louis Daguerre, one of photography's founding fathers, is the jumping off point for Dominic Smith's first novel, which he's titled "The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre" and it's a fascinating book. Dominic's premise is that Daguerre is plagued by delusions caused by poisoning from his many years of handling mercury. The nature of Daguerre's visions, and his response to them, truly make for fascinating reading.
"The Love Season" by Elin Hilderbrand
In the summer months, the population of Nantucket Island swells to about 50,000. But the rest of the year it's only about 10,000. Bestselling novelist Elin Hilderbrand is one of those year-round Nantucket residents, and the island has provided the setting for her books "The Beach Club", "Nantucket Nights", "Summer People", and "The Blue Bistro." Her latest, "The Love Season," charts a day in the life of two women, Marguerite Beale, a retired chef, and her goddaughter, Renata Knox, and the...
"The Stolen Child" by Keith Donohue
Keith Donohue's debut Novel, "The Stolen Child", has been described as a fairy tale for adults. Inspired by the poem by Yeats, the book tells the story of Henry Day, a human child who's kidnapped by changelings. But it's also the tale of the changeling who's left behind in Henry's place. The two narrators' stories intertwine as one struggles to remember his stolen childhood while the other faces the not-so-appealing prospect of being trapped forever at age seven.
"Sweet Swan of Avon" by Robin P. Williams
In "Sweet Swan of Avon", Robin P. Williams presents an in-depth inquiry into the possibility that Mary Sidney Herbert, the Countess of Pembroke, wrote the works attributed William Shakespeare.
"The Curse of the Pharoahs: My Adventures With Mummies"...
Dr. Zahi Hawass, the author of numerous books, has been called the "Rock Star" of Egyptology. Dr. Hawass talks about his career, his critics, and his most recent book, "The Curse of the Pharoahs: My Adventures With Mummies."
"Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee" by Charles...
To Kill A Mockingbird is one of the best known and most loved novels of all time. Forty six years after its publication, it still draws nearly a million readers a year. Less well known is its author, the very private Harper Lee. Now writer Charles Shields changes that with a new biography titled Mockingbird. Charles Shields discusses his book, this week on The Fine Print.
"The Art of Detection" by Laurie R. King
If you love a good mystery, then you'll probably fall hard for writer Laurie R. King. She's written 15 books, including her Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes series, and her Detective Kate Martinelli series. In her latest, "The Art of Detection", Laurie intersects the two when Kate Martinelli must investigate the murder of a Sherlock Holmes fanatic.
"Stumbling on Happiness" by Daniel Gilbert
Daniel Gilbert is a professor of psychology at Harvard, and he's won numerous awards for his teaching and research. He's written a new book on how the mind works titled, "Stumbling on Happiness."
"The Guests of the Ayatollah" by Mark Bowden
Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down, has a new book called "The Guests of the Ayatollah", and it's being praised everywhere as the definitive account of America's first battle with militant Islam.
"A Dirty Job" by Christopher Moore
Cult-hero author Christopher Moore tackles death in his latest wonderful, whacked-out novel, "A Dirty Job."
"Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last...
If you know anything at all about baseball, then you have to know the name Roberto Clemente. David Maraniss' new biography of Roberto Clemente is titled "Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero."
"Fancy Nancy" by Robin Preiss Glasser
Robin Glasser is the illustrator of best-sellers like "You Can't Take a Book into the Metropolitan Museum" and its two sequels, as well as a number of books by Judith Viorst. Robin's latest book is titled Fancy Nancy, and little girls who love to dress up have found their heroine.
"My Life in France" by Julia Child and Alex Prud'Homme
Julia Child's latest and what undoubtedly will be her last book is entirely due to her collaboration with her husband Paul's grandnephew, Alex Prud'homme. He listened to Julia's stories for hours, read letters she and her husband had written, and now has given us "My Life In France" - a wonderful accounting of the culinary birth in France of the Julia Child this country loved.
Shannon Ravenel of Algonquin Books
Shannon Ravenel, a native of Charleston, South Carolina, is the founder of Algonquin Books and former editor of Best American Stories. She has edited Algonquin's annual New Stories from the South anthology since 1986.
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