David Giffels, assistant professor of English at the University of Akron, tends to drive a particular idea home over and over from one essay to the next, then suddenly slip in the opposite of that exact point in his nonfiction collection, The Hard Way on Purpose.
In Clever Girl, British author Tessa Hadley uses intimate narration to bring fresh insight to everyday moments of a woman who grows youth to middle age.
Spring marks the annual arrival of new books on Americas pastime, and this years crop of baseball books comes in many flavors, and several of them feature players with Kansas City ties.
Lindsey Martin-Bowen finds inspiration in many places, from past literature to the name of a local car repair shop. Martin-Bowen will read from her collection Inside Virgils Garage at 8 p.m. Friday at the Writers Place.
In The Voices of Heaven, Maija Rhee Devine of Lees Summit reveals the emotions of growing up in a Korean household that demanded male heirs. Her mother had to endure a mistress brought in to provide baby boys. Others blamed her. On Wednesday, Devine will read from the novel at the Kansas City Public Librarys Central Library.
The only African-American soloist with American Ballet Theatre, the countrys premier ballet troupe, Copeland has penned a captivating account of her journey from impoverished child nomad to todays most widely watched and fiercely scrutinized brown ballerina.
Elizabeth Kolberts Field Notes From a Catastrophe (2006) presented a powerful account of how climate change was disrupting lives around the planet. Man is causing extinctions of other species all over the world, and our actions could eventually lead to our own, the author says.
Hesh Kestins novel title, The Lie, just as easily refers to what is lying beneath the surface, or lying in wait, as it does to a piece of untrue information. The storys protagonist, Dahlia Barr, is a left-wing human rights attorney freshly turned chief superintendent of Israeli police and she is consumed with each sense of the word lie.
As in the time-honored tale Little Snow-White, a mother dies shortly after giving birth to a beautiful daughter white as snow, and a stepmother is threatened by her stepdaughters beauty. This story is not told in the stark fashion of the Grimm brothers, but with originality and humor by the Nigerian-born, London-raised Oyeyemi.
In two new books, authors Kevin Cook and Nicholas J.C. Pistor examine the impact of two crimes on neighbors: a famous 1964 murder in New York City and an unsolved 1874 ax killing in Illinois.
Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" is one of the most racist and heinous screeds in modern history, but officials say two rare early editions signed by him could go for more than $20,000 at an online auction on Thursday.
In An Officer and a Spy, Robert Harris, the best-selling British author of Fatherland and The Ghost Writer, retells the Dreyfuss Affair from the vantage of one who was there when the French high command framed a Jewish officer as a spy.
Do high-end restaurants, like doctors offices, keep notes on the regulars? In Bread & Butter, Michelle Wildgens new novel, they do, the note cards guiding servers and hosts to treat the customers with a charade of familiarity.
Laura McHugh is a previously unknown novelist residing in Columbia who is about to become well known for a book set in small-town Missouri. Her debut novel, The Weight of Blood, could fairly be classified as mystery fiction with a literary overlay. Or as literary fiction with mystery at its core. In any case, its superb.
As made clear in Genesis: Truman, American Jews, and the Origins of the Arab/Israeli Conflict, by John B. Judis, Harry S. Trumans evolution on the question of diplomatic recognition of Israel was complicated. Judis speaks at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Central Library.
Author Sandra Moran wants to write the stories of same-sex relationships, but is the public ready to read them? To get an answer, Moran recently discussed her debut novel, Letters Never Sent, with the members of a Johnson County book club, all of whom were heterosexual.
In The Empire of Necessity, Greg Grandin tells a great and moving story but bloats and dilutes it with long digressions, from the Spanish reconquista of Iberia from the Muslim Moors to the ox-hide trade in Argentina. Fortunately, the narrative revives whenever Grandin loops back to the lives of the core characters: Delano, Cerreno, Babo and Mori.
Though other historians have been working in this direction in recent years, Randy J. Sparks book Where the Negroes Are Masters is a pathfinding work that surely will have great influence on our understanding of the largest forced migration in history.
The most memorable journeys are often the ones that end up taking us to places we hadnt anticipated. They also make for the best reading. Gina Frangellos A Life in Men starts from one such journey and offers many unanticipated pleasures.
The dream of many young writers has become reality for Bethany Taylor. The 2010 University of Kansas graduate, writing as Bethany Hagen, has published her first novel, Landry Park, a dystopian young adult drama set in Kansas City 200 years from now.
History writer David O. Stewart comes to Kansas City on Lincoln’s Birthday to talk about his debut novel and the 16th president’s assassination in a new way — as a mystery.
After a Fitzgerald-obsessed 2013, the appearance of Sarah Churchwells Careless People at first seems like a reckless test of just how much Gatsby the reading public will swallow. But it would be a shame if last years gluttony made readers abstain from this rewarding work.
The Corpse Exhibition and Other Stories of Iraq, the new collection of short fiction by Hassan Blasim, rendered from two previous collections, invites us to look at and try not to look away from the lives of Iraqi civilians going back to the Baathist reign of Saddam Hussein and into the perils of the Green Zone.
In The Swan Gondola, the fifth novel by Nebraska author Timothy Schaffert, a motley crew of actors, carnival folk and con men make up the cast in a make-believe tale at the Omaha worlds fair, complete with a swan gondola and an organ grinders monkeys wearing paper wings.
Joshua Zeitzs Lincolns Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincolns Image, tells the story of the presidents two young White House secretaries, who controlled access to Lincoln and kept job-seekers at bay often literally, given how anyone then could walk into the White House during business hours.