Silent Spring, Rachel Carson, Library of America - The late Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was an unlikely bestseller when published in the fall of 1962. For the first time, the work exposed the harmful effects of synthetic pesticide in the face of the chemical industry's concerted efforts to discredit her.
Author Interview: The City of Brass, S.A. Chakraborty, Harper Voyager – A young woman in eighteenth century Egypt survives by using her wits and stealing from her victims. Nahri doesn’t believe in magic, but she does have tricks for healing. One night while performing what she thinks is a sham zar incantation, she calls up an ifrit – an evil supernatural being who is now out to get her.
Author Interview: White Houses, Amy Bloom, Random House - Amy Bloom’s novel White Houses is a compelling fictive exploration of the love affair between Eleanor Roosevelt and journalist Lorena Hickok. This is Bloom’s first book of historical fiction. The novel belies the common narrative of Eleanor Roosevelt as a woman who was disappointed in marriage and became an asexual being.
Author Audio Interview: Woman Last Seen in her Thirties, Camille Pagán, Lake Union - Camille Pagán has a remarkable talent for crafting deeply affecting novels about the human condition.
Author Interview: The Keeper of Lost Things, Ruth Hogan, Harper Collins - the perfect read if you want to switch off from the challenges of the day and dive into an enchanting tale . . . .
The Floating World, C. Morgan Babst, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill – In the chaos of Katrina, the Boisdorè family broke up in more ways than one.
Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight out of this Wild and Glorious Life, Jen Hatmaker, Thomas Nelson - Beloved Jen Hatmaker, Texan pastor, homemaker, blogger, and the star of the HGTV show, My Big Family Renovation - is the author of several successful books and the highest-profile evangelical to affirm same-sex relationships.
Followers of the "Me Too" movement (or "#MeToo" used in social media) may find Barry Eisner's latest thriller, THE NIGHT TRADE gratifying to see justice done
The Going and Goodbye, Shuly Xóchitl Cawood, Platypus Press - To understand love, you must first understand power—the balance of it, when to give it up, when to take it back.
Story of Arthur Truluv, Elizabeth Berg, Penguin - the 28th book from the prolific author Elizabeth Berg, explores issues of grief, death and aging with a gentle touch that reminds readers of the everyday grace that can be found in life.