Alice Bliss

Originally a short, one-woman musical called Alice Unwrapped, this tender-hearted novel uses its larger canvas to delve more deeply into the plight of adolescent Alice, struggling to be strong for her mother and her younger sister after her father is deployed to Iraq. Laura Harrington poignantly captures the conflicting emotions of those left at home during wartime.

July 25: On this day in 1834 Samuel Taylor Coleridge died of heart disease at the age of sixty-one.

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