Displaying articles for: November 2011

The Apple Lover's Cookbook

Delicious recipes paired with an in-depth guide to 59 apple varieties.


Past Perfect

Summer love in a village committed to colonial reenactment.


Phillis Wheatley: Biography of a Genius in Bondage

The life of the "first person of African descent in the Americas to publish a book."


Lightning Rods

An ingenious way to prevent sexual harassment becomes big business.


Bird on Fire

A study of urban sustainability in Phoenix finds troubling realities.


The Apothecary

Plucked from her California home, a young girl discovers a world of magical potions in 1950s London.


City of Orphans

When a street urchin's sister is framed, he must venture into the cesspool of New York City to clear her name.



The morning after a crazy night forces a young woman to ask herself some serious questions.


April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

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

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
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.

The Promise of Hope

Killed last year in the infamous terror attack at Nairobi's Westgate mall, Kofi Awoonor was a national treasure in his native Ghana.  His career began in 1964 with Rediscovery, and this magnum opus serves as a tribute to his entire long journey charting his beloved nation's course through his accomplished poetry.

Winter Mythologies and Abbots

A pair of linked stories finds that, as translator Ann Jefferson relates, "[Pierre] Michon's great theme is the precarious balance between belief and imposture, and the way the greatest aspirations can be complicated by physical desire or the equally urgent desire for what he calls glory."