To honor the 50th anniversary of its capital city, books that deliver the sounds and stories of Brazil.



The Brazil Reader: History, Culture, Politics

Edited by Robert M. Levine and John J. Crocitti


The everyday lives of Brazilians—from sexuality to architecture and everything in between—and the rich, multicultural history of South America's largest and most diverse country are revealed in this collection of letters, photographs, interviews, legal documents, visual art, music, poetry, fiction, reminiscences, and scholarship.




Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon

By Jorge Amado


Brazil's answer to Charles Dickens, Amado keeps mutliple plots on the boil (a migrant worker serves as a change agent; a colonel is so very unhappy to find his wife in bed with another man) in this grand novel set in the compact, yet complex society of a small Brazilian town.





Epitaph of a Small Winner

By Machado de Assis


Assis brilliantly imagines the memoirs of a wealthy, nineteenth-century unremarkable Brazilian written after his supposed death. Published in 1881 and made up of 160 short chapters, Assis uses surrealism and satire to pointedly skewer the follies of a Brazilian society still emerging from the burdens of the colonial era.




Tropical Truth: A Story of Music and Revolution in Brazil

By Caetano Veloso


Singer/songwriter Veloso has been a cultural force in Brazil for more than 35 years and is a founder of tropicalismo, the post-bossa nova sound that raged in the '60s. The personal history of this internationally renowned musician is stuffed with political and literary inspirations and references that create a beautiful mosaic of Brazilian society.




The Oxford Anthology of the Brazilian Short Story 

Edited by K. David Jackson


Jackson, a professor of Portuguese at Yale University, gathers together the best Brazilian short fiction from the late nineteenth century to the present. The collection shows off the modern Brazil as seen through the eyes of J. M. Machado de Assis, Clarice Lispector, Joao Guimaraes Rosa, and 34 others.


July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.


When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).