• Anthony Marra is a Stegner fellow and a recipient of the Whiting Writers' Award.
    Smeeta Mahanti
    9:00pm May 06, 2013
    Books Books Arts

    From A Debut Writer, A Polished, Passionate, Must-Read Book

    Anthony Marra's debut novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, takes place in war-torn Chechnya — a world of perpetual violence, fear and exploding land mines. But reviewer Meg Wolitzer says the characters are so vivid and the language so brilliant you want to stay there.
  • Cover of The Selected Letters of Willa Cather
    3:27pm May 06, 2013
    Books Books Arts

    'Wonderful Words' In Willa Cather's No-Longer-Secret Letters

    Willa Cather's will forbade the publication of her private letters, but that will has now expired. The Selected Letters of Willa Cather contains more than 500 missives — including one that details the real-life story behind Cather's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, One of Ours.
  • Southern Cross The Dog cover
    7:20pm May 05, 2013
    Books Books Arts

    A Tale From The Delta, Born Of The Blues

    Bill Cheng's debut novel, Southern Cross the Dog, is full of mythical characters who feel like they rose right out of the Mississippi Swamp, and narratives that churn and swirl like the river itself. Cheng calls the novel "a love note to those old blues players."
  • Book cover detail: Papadaddy's Book For New Fathers
    Little, Brown & Company
    8:28pm May 03, 2013
    Books Books Arts

    Advice For New Dads From A Veteran Father Of Four

    Novelist Clyde Edgerton has four kids; one is an adult, and the other three are all younger than 10. His new book, Papadaddy's Book for New Fathers, is a guide for dads that's written from his perspective as an older father. Pay heed, expectant fathers: Install that car seat now.
  • Casual clothing detail fashion background made in the USA
    4:05pm May 02, 2013
    World News World News National Books Economy Environment

    Ethical Fashion: Is The Tragedy In Bangladesh A Final Straw?

    Since a garment factory collapsed last month in Dhaka, killing more than 400 people, ethical fashion has been in the spotlight. Elizabeth Cline, author of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Price of Cheap Fashion, explains the economy that created this tragedy and what we can do to fix it.
  • Brain
    1:22pm May 01, 2013
    National National Science Books Health & Safety

    Criminologist Believes Violent Behavior Is Biological

    In a new book, The Anatomy of Violence, Adrian Raine argues that violent behavior has a biological basis just like depression or schizophrenia. This raises questions about treatment, accountability and punishment, including the death penalty.