M.T. Anderson's Landscape with Invisible Hand is one of the most insightful, funny, and disarming YA novels I've read this year. Set in a near-future dystopian world, seemingly kind aliens--the vuvv--arrive on earth and, for the good of the people, deliver technological advances that rapidly eliminate the need for human workers. Except, of course, where they can service the vuvv. Adam is a young artist who's family has been severely impacted by the loss of a viable economy and out of desperation he signs on to provide entertainment for the vuvv. As you might guess, things go horribly, and humorously, wrong. This slim volume is plump with both social satire and the indelible nature of hope even where it seems absurd to have any. If you need something to read on an upcoming plane trip or just want a book to curl up with for an afternoon, Landscape with Invisible Hand is an excellent choice.
"You got questions?" Those were Marc Maron's first words as he entered the room for our interview at Book Expo last May, and it wasn't really a question.
One of the world's most prestigious literary awards, the UK's Man Booker Prize, has been awarded to the American author George Saunders for his first novel Lincoln in the Bardo.
Sanae Ishida is the author and illustrator of Chibi Samurai Wants a Pet and Little Kunoichi the Ninja Girl and I'm a huge fan of her artistic style. Ishida's illustrations are done using origami paper which she layers and then enhances with digital painting later. In her latest book Ishida let her imagination run wild as Chibi Samurai searches for the perfect pet--will it be a creature from Japanese folklore or an animal like his ninja girl pal Kunoichi's bunny?
Matt Bellassai’s name probably rings a bell for many of you; he is the first ever recipient of the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Social Media Star and host of the hit web series "Whine About It,” where he complains about various and sundry things while swilling wine (of course).
In 2007, fantasy readers were mesmerized by Patrick Rothfuss's expansive and electrifying debut novel, The Name of the Wind.
It's a big month for Mysteries & Thrillers. Here are four to look forward to--and as always you can go here to see our complete list.
In her campy web series “Ask a Mortician,” best-selling author Caitlin Doughty fields some pretty intense questions from her more than 200,000 subscribers.
Recent children's books about female artists can inspire artists of any age. From Ukrainian-born designer Sonia Delaunay to Iranian architect Zaha Hadid, American painter Georgia O'Keefe, photographer Dorothea Lange and self-portrait "chameleon" Cindy Sherman, these women demonstrate that vision, when accompanied by perseverance, hard work, and independence, can take women where they want to go -- even into the pages of a picture book.
In this edition, something for Star Wars and superhero fans, a modern-day retelling of King Lear, a chilling exposé from a storied whistle-blower, and more.
This season, new picture books about female artists highlight their strength, talent and perseverance.
Here are a few of our favorite biographies and memoirs for October. See more of our picks, and all of the Best Books of the Month.
This year I got to meet an author I've long admired: Scott Turow. I've read all of Turow's books, and still consider Presumed Innocent the best legal thriller out there. In Testimony, Turow leaves the States behind for the courtroom drama of The Hague, in a novel that examines a brutal but important piece of recent history--the Bosnian war and it's chaotic aftermath.
Katie Green didn’t originally plan to be an artist or the author of an acclaimed and rivetingly personal graphic memoir.
If you watch the hardcover fiction bestseller lists, you see a lot of change as new books swap in and out.
Sisters Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison became a self-publishing success story when their book, Trim Healthy Mama took off and became a bestseller. In 2015 they published their first cookbook, Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook --another huge hit--and now we have Trim Healthy Mama's Trim Healthy Table: More Than 300 All-New Healthy and Delicious Recipes from Our Homes to Yours, which has already garnered rave reviews. The Mama's are all about a new way of eating--healthful and satisfying meals, separating fats and carbs for weight loss, and balancing blood sugar. In their new cookbook Barrett and Allison created recipes that can be easily adjusted for all the ways individuals within a family may be eating. The recipe below is from Trim Healthy Mama's Trim Healthy Table and addresses a universal need--how to keep from losing it when the tide turns from hungry to hangry. In the book the different meal types are addressed in the beginning, but I've added some info to the recipe below for anyone who isn't already familiar with their recipe types. I'm going to stock my own freezer with some of these quick-at-the-ready pockets, since a little advance planning goes a long way to familial harmony...
October is always a big month in the book world, but with new fiction releases from the likes of Jennifer Egan, James McBride, Mark Helprin and more, this seems especially true.
Two very different debut fantasy novels, a brilliant overturning of social hierarchy, monsters galore, an insidious fungus, and Ann Leckie's return to the universe of the Imperial Radch are among our top picks of the month of October.
According to P.T. Barnum, "There's a sucker born every minute." It's not hard to figure out why people fall for seemingly obvious scams, and nearly impossible to prevent: The bad guys are almost always ahead of the curve, and even the softest swindle carries solid odds for working at least the first time.
Adam Rutherford's fascinating and lively exploration of humankind's roots in A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived includes the surprise that our own personal genetic history is far more closely intertwined with, well, everyone on the planet than you'd think.