Daughters of the Revolution

1968 boasts hundreds of books chronicling its majesty and weirdness. But such is the complexity and relevance of the year that another well-done volume is always welcome, and Carolyn Cooke ups the ante with her period novel by injecting a dose of African-American sass into the whitebread environment of a fusty prep school, where a lone female student threatens to revolutionize the staid establishment: the whole era in miniature!

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.