You've probably heard that dolphins communicate in a rich language of their own and that elephants display emotional bonds. But Virginia Morrell's engaging new book offers some real surprises from the field of animal intelligence: creative ants, suffering fish, and the astonishing capacity of some bird brains.
Ron Rash's short stories effortlessly shuttle readers through time -- from a Depression-era chain gang to the life of a late-night radio DJ. But they remain deeply rooted in the Appalachian mountain world he's captured in novels like The Cove and Serena.
A carelessly discarded match ignites a raging fire that destroys a neighborhood and changes the victims' lives in this soulful and compassionate debut novel. A Spring 2013 Discover Great New Writers selection.
For the first time in human history, the majority of mankind lives in urban environments. A city planner by trade, Jeff Speck has a wealth of ideas about how to make these stone canyons more pleasant, and to bring out a crowded town's natural pedestrian pleasures.
We take its effects for granted, but this electrifying account of Thomas Edison’s invention of the modern light bulb, will generate new appreciation for how the conquest of darkness has permanently altered the world. Ernest Freeberg offers a richly detailed study of this transformative moment in human ingenuity.
Stuart Nadler renders an elegiac portrait of post-WWII Cape Cod, as which teenager Hilly Wise's budding romance with the niece of his home's caretaker is shattered by his racist father. An ambitious saga of prejudice, class, and family secrets.
These rousing "Short Stories of the Long War" are uniquely resonant, as fiction penned by Iraq and Afghanistan-stationed soldiers and their spouses. Foreword by Colum McCann (Let the Great World Spin), with contributions from David Abrams (Fobbit), Phil Klay (The New York Times), and Brian Turner (NPR).
Knowledge is power, and Sir Francis Walsingham, England's first great spymaster, understood that perfectly. At a time when England, a Protestant country, was surrounded by Catholics plotting to invade, and rival powers within, he did what it took to save Elizabeth I -- and her embattled country. Historian John Cooper's account of his efforts, and his life (c. 1532 to 1590), proves as thrilling as any spy novel.
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.
Fifteen-year-old Marnie Doyle and her kid sister Nelly are on their own: free from their neglectful parents, and living with a little secret buried in the backyard. By turns whimsical and macabre, Lisa O’Donnell’s debut novel has been named a Discover Great New Writers selection for Spring 2013.
Jennifer Haigh delivers interwoven tales of working class humanity in the coal mining country of Bakerton, Pennsylvania, sharply returning to the world of her revered 2005 novel Baker Towers. Spanning decades, Haigh magnifies a community's will to endure economic grief and heartbreak in each artfully crafted tale.
June 19: On this day in 1816, the Shelleys, Lord Byron, and entourage gathered at the Villa Diodati on Lake Geneva to tell the ghost stories that would trigger Frankenstein. This most legendary of storm-tossed evenings inspired…