The Boat to Redemption

When his father's ancestry is called into question during China's Cultural Revolution, a boy must leave his home on the shore and live among the boat people. Su Tong (Raise the Red Lantern) won the 2009 Asian Man Literary Award for this poignant coming-of-age tale in which a young man learns to navigate innocence and experience, land and sea, shame and pride.

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.