- Comics: Easy as Abc!: The Essential Guide to Comics for Kids
An idiosyncratic guide to drawing comics packs a lot of information into relatively few pages, covering doodles and basic shapes, characters and emotions, settings and perspective, lettering and layout, and how to develop a story.
- Backstage Pass: The Starchild's All-Access Guide to the Good Life
Covering his experiences in business, health, and parenting, Stanley is relentlessly optimistic: “Have a passionate plan to get from point A to point B” and “We can’t know what’s behind a door if we don’t open it.”
- Fall and Rise: The Story of 9/11
The result is a superb, harrowing retelling of this most dramatic of stories.
- Unfettered III
Though some readers may be disturbed that many stories include scenes of women and children being assaulted, molested, and murdered, this massive tome will easily find a home with fans of grimdark, military, and epic fantasy.
- The Most Important Point: Zen Teachings of Edward Espe Brown
Brown readily admits his own failings in parable-like stories, such as frustration over spilling food or his discomfort with the aches of prolonged seated meditation.
- Home Is a Window
A smiling girl and her dog gaze out a city dwelling’s window on the cover of this reassuring, lyrical story.
- A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II
In late 1942, with her cover blown, Hall escaped France via a dangerous trek across the Pyrenees to Spain.
- Far Side of the Sea
Colin is determined to find Jewel and marry her, but as he and Johanna spend a week traveling under the cover story that they are married, he begins to fall in love with her.
- The Anatomy of Silence
These deeply personal stories will make any empathetic person cry, rage, grieve, and sit in awe.
- Ten Caesars: Roman Emperors from Augustus to Constantine
History professor Strauss (The Death of Caesar: The Story of History’s Most Famous Assassination) explores the reigns of Rome’s ten most influential emperors in his captivating modern take on Suetonius’s 121 CE history, The Twelve Caesars.
- Cult of the Dead Cow: How the Original Hacking Supergroup Might Just Save the World
Menn’s book covers almost too much ground for a relatively compact text.
- The Lost Forest
Two narratives grow side-by-side: the story of the U.S. taking land from Native peoples to be mapped and measured, and the deeper truth that forests operate on their own timescale.
- I’m Writing You from Tehran: A Granddaughter’s Search for Her Family’s Past and Their Country’s Future
The story is full of suspense and surprises: at a new friend’s clandestine party early on, Minoui is frightened and dismayed when the “morality police” arrive seeking to arrest women who have thrown off their chadors (head covering) and are dancing and drinking alcohol.
- Beast Rider
Told in short, action-packed chapters and in Manuel’s distinctive first-person, present-tense voice, the compact tale covers long miles and several years.
- The Iliad
In his latest graphic novel adaptation of a classic text, Hinds (The Odyssey) condenses Homer’s epic poem of gods and mortals at war, covering most of the major events and adding supplemental material that expands the story slightly beyond the original.