The Rainbow Troops

A phenomenal bestseller in the author's native Indonesia, and already turned into a highly praised film, this semi-autobiographical coming-of-age novel by Andrea Hirata charts the fortunes of a posse of poor young students eager for knowledge in a culture where such aspirations are not always honored among their socio-economic class.

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.