Five caffeinated reads.



The Joy of Coffee:
The Essential Guide to Buying, Brewing, and Enjoying

By Corby Kummer


Kummer takes a connoisseur's tour of a coffee plantation and follows the bean from its initial growth to the travel mugs of everyday Americans. Along the way he brings to life each step of coffee's intricate production process—from harvesting to roasting to brewing. Recipes for coffee-based treats included.




The Coffee Trader

By David Liss


The Portuguese protagonist of this subtly suspenseful tale of 17th-century Amsterdam has been driven from his home country by the Inquisition and has already made—and lost—a fortune before partnering with a strange Dutchwoman to trade in a new, mysterious beverage: coffee. Liss, the author of the celebrated Benjamin Weaver mysteries, puts his twin talents for historical portraiture and thoughtful intrigue to work in a robustly imagined novel.



Coffee: A Dark History

By Antony Wild


"Poverty, violence, exploitation, environmental devastation, political oppression, and corruption" are all part of the more than 500-year history unveiled by former British specialty-coffee salesman Wild, who offers an entertaining primer on the bean's history, including its start as the United States' hot drink of choice, thanks to the Boston Tea Party.




How Starbucks Saved My Life:
A Son of Privilege Learns to Live Like Everyone Else

By Michael Gates Gill


When Michael Gill's marriage combusted and he got laid off from his 25-year, six-figure job as an advertising exec in Manhattan, his life went into turmoil. But a job slinging espresso gave him new respect for everybody behind the counter and everybody who drags himself to the other side.




Scrumptious Drinks and Treats

By Betty Rosbottom


Syndicated columnist Rosbottom serves up a wide array of coffee-related recipes in this photo-filled reference. From café au lait and homemade cappuccino to macchiatos and old-fashioned coffee sodas, Rosbottom, who also authored Waffles and Sunday Soup, shares her insight into the bean and its myriad flavorings. Good to the last drop.


April 25: "[S]cience could be like baseball: a young man's game whose stars made their mark in their early twenties."

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.