True crime at a high-profile vineyard, a historical novel centered around a French couple's shared love of great art and the newest Inspector Gamache mystery make for great reading this month.
Thrilling tales filled with espionage and sleuthing make for great listening this month.
A whodunit inspired by classic literature, a tour-de-force story of a conflicted artist and the latest from Robert Galbraith (also known as J.K. Rowling) make for great listening this month.
An espionage thriller, a touching beach read and a perceptive new novel from Michael Cunningham make for great listening.
Two excellent crime novels and a polished memoir on dying make for great listening.
This month's Audio column has something for everyone: mystery lovers, readers of inspiring memoirs and seekers of exciting new voices in fiction.
Billy Collins, a two-term Poet Laureate of the United States who can fill large auditoriums and appears on “A Prairie Home Companion,” has made poetry miraculously accessible without dumbing it down or making it any less profound. His voice is plain but eloquent, his style easy, without complicated meter; he makes the ordinary meaningful and the everyday beautiful. His latest collection, Aimless Love, is his first in a dozen years.
You’ll be swept into The Son, Philipp Meyer’s brilliantly crafted, multigenerational saga that swirls through the history of Texas from pre-Civil War days to the present. Told in three alternating voices, this compellingly complex narrative begins with Eli, the McCullough clan’s patriarch and most intriguing member. Captured in 1846 by the Comanche raiders who slaughtered his...
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a super-ambitious 30-something with a high-powered job, an equally high-powered husband and three kids under seven, wonder no more. We don’t just get to know Sarah Nickerson, the narrator of Lisa Genova’s second novel, Left Neglected, convincingly read by Sarah Paulson; we get to live in her mind, to see and experience life as...
Elmore Leonard is a genre unto himself, imitated by many, but never equaled. Djibouti, both the title and setting for his 44th foray into crime fiction, is a change of place rather than a change of pace, a gritty, pirate-infested Red Sea port perfect for international intrigue and 21st-century terrorism. So when Dara Barr, a preternaturally calm, cool (and, of course, gorgeous) Academy...