This month's best new mysteries include blackmail, drama at the Italian opera, a Cuban scandal and the latest from Norwegian powerhouse Jo Nesbø.
Each April, National Poetry Month promotes the enduring art form in the classroom and beyond, celebrating the integral role that poetry has played in our literary tradition. Yet, this once-a-year focus on poetry also reminds us of how few readers still make poetry a regular part of their reading diet. We encounter poetry every day, of course, in its most populist forms—song lyrics, advertising—but the meager sales of poetry collections would indicate that few of us are curling up by the fire with a volume of verse. If asked, many readers might cite their lack of interest as growing out of intimidation—they just don’t “get” poetry, its language is hard to crack, its subject matter arcane.
A murder investigation in a Mormon community, a thriller featuring a feisty ex-FBI agent and a National Book Award-winning short story collection make for great listening this month.
A guide to one of the world's most versatile ingredients, recipes from a rock star and an Italian grandmother's best dishes make up the best new cookbooks this month.
An deeply researched look into vaccination, an edgy and stylish thriller and a masterful reimagining make for great listening this month.
This month's hottest romances include a steamy historical, a dramatic tale of loving a vampire and two tough military veterans.
Unlike her prolific husband, E.B. White, Katharine S. White wrote only one book, yet she left a decisive and enduring mark over the course of her 34 years as an editor at The New Yorker, shaping the distinctive voice of the magazine and shepherding the work of many of the greatest writers of the 20th century. Her one book, Onward and Upward in the Garden, was not published until two years after her death in 1977, and is edited and introduced by her husband. Comprising 14 gardening columns written between 1958 and 1970, it is a charming, idiosyncratic, opinionated, informative and, at times, humorous paean to the amateur pursuit of horticulture. It returns this month in a new edition after a decade out of print.
This month's Lifestyles column features a guide to home-grown tomatoes of all kinds, an in-depth look at ancestry travel and a guide to the world's best dishes.
This month's best new mysteries include a heartbreaking search for a missing child, a delightful old-school noir, a literary suspense set in Mexico and a tale of historic espionage.
A dose of dark humor, a captivating historical novel and the 2014 National Book Award winner for fiction make great selections for reading groups this month.