The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days

Familiar to readers of The New Yorker, the Cursing Mommy's expletive-laden exploits have included such botched endeavors as circumventing expensive caterers by composing one's own disastrously elaborate cocktails. Now humorist Ian Frazier brings this hair-trigger matriarch to the pages of a novel packed with laughs and four-letter words.

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.