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FOR YOUNG READERS: LOST IN THE SUN

Lisa Graff
Philomel
ISBN 978-0399164064
304 pages
$16.99

Reviewed by Kathie Meizner

Sixth-grade classmates Trent Zimmerman and Fallon Little see a clear dividing line in their lives: before and after. For Trent, it was a ...Read more

FOR YOUNG READERS: TOMMY-THE GUN THAT CHANGED AMERICA

Karen Blumenthal
Roaring Brook Press
ISBN 978-1626720848
240 pages
$19.99

Reviewed by Abby McGanney Nolan

In light of last month's killings in a Charleston, S.C., church, this examination of a particularly deadly gun makes ...Read more

FOR YOUNG READERS: BOATS FOR PAPA

Jessixa Bagley
Roaring Brook
ISBN 978-1626720398
40 pages
$17.99

Reviewed by Kathie Meizner

Near the edge of the sea, Buckley, a small beaver in boy clothes, lives with his mama, a larger beaver in a print dress: "They didn...Read more

THE DIVER'S CLOTHES LIE EMPTY

Vendela Vida
Ecco
ISBN 978-0062110916
213 pages
$25.99

Reviewed by Katherine Arcement, who is an app producer at The Washington Post. She has previously contributed to the London Review of Books.

With "The Diver's Clothes ...Read more

ELON MUSK: Tesla, Space X, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

Ashlee Vance
Ecco
ISBN 978-0062301239
382 pages
$28.99

Reviewed by Megan McDonough

While other teens focused on their immediate future, Elon Musk worried about the future of mankind. According to veteran tech journalist ...Read more

FREEDOM OF SPEECH: Mightier Than the Sword

David K. Shipler
Knopf
ISBN 978-0307957320
336 pages
$28.95

Reviewed by David Cole

Despite the stern admonition that "Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech," speech has never been absolutely free. ...Read more

THE UPRIGHT THINKERS: The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos

Leonard Mlodinow
Pantheon
ISBN 978-0307908230
340 pages
$na

Reviewed by Marcia Bartusiak

'The nobility of the human race lies in our drive to know," says Leonard Mlodinow. And by tracing that voracious impulse through the ...Read more

INTERVIEW WITH DANIELLE STEEL

Nora Krug
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Since the publication of her first novel, "Going Home" in 1972, Danielle Steel has become a staple of the beach bag, as indispensable and reliable as a bottle of Coppertone. ...Read more

SOMETHING MUST BE DONE ABOUT PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY: A Family, a Virginia Town, a Civil Rights Battle

Kristen Green
Harper
ISBN 978-0062268679
320 pages
$25.99

Reviewed by Glenn Frankel

It was an act of criminal negligence: For five years the whites-only government of Virginia's Prince Edward County, aided and abetted by ...Read more

THE QUARTET: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789

Joseph J. Ellis
Knopf
ISBN 978-0385353403
290 pages
$27.95

Reviewed by David O. Stewart

The historical-industrial complex - a relatively benign group in our current national circumstances - labors diligently to slake the ...Read more

Treasures that surprise, enchant

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Reviewed by Michael Dirda

Come summer, one tires of the high-minded works of spring, the long-haul novels by the latest Wunderkinder, the 900-page biographies, the "game-changing" - how I hate ...Read more

BEST 23

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Reviewed by the editors of The Washington Post's Book World

THE BOOK OF ARON

By Jim Shepard. Knopf. 260 pp. $23.95

In the summer of 1942, German soldiers expelled almost 200 ...Read more

SUMMERLONG

Dean Bakopoulos
Ecco
ISBN 978-0062321169
354 pages
$26.99

Reviewed by Ron Charles

Summer reading is the G-spot of American publishing - much rumored, never verified. Yet the excitement inspired by the idea of summer ...Read more

Listen to this: 5 tales to soak up

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Reviewed by Katherine A. Powers

THE WRIGHT BROTHERS

By David McCullough. Simon & Schuster. Unabridged, 10 hours

Keep in mind, as you travel aloft, that what is so dismissively ...Read more

Captain Comics: Characters who lived large as tiny creatures

Books / Comic Books /

It's hard to imagine why getting smaller than your opponent is a useful super power, but shrinking has been a staple in comics since 1939. I can't explain why, but with the advent of "Ant-Man" the movie (premiering July 17), a look at the biggest heroes who are tiny seems useful.

The top 10 tiny heroes in comics:

10) Leonard "Doc" Samson (...Read more

THE ARCHITECT'S APPRENTICE

Elif Shafak
Viking
ISBN 978-0525427971
424 pages
$27.95

Reviewed by Bruce Holsinger, who second novel, "The Invention of Fire," was published last month in April.

Elif Shafak has emerged as one of Turkey's most influential ...Read more

DEATH AND MR. PICKWICK

Stephen Jarvis
Farrar Straus Giroux
ISBN 978-0374139667
816 pages
$30

Reviewed by Wendy Smith, a contributing editor of the American Scholar and Publishers Weekly, is the author of "Real Life Drama: The Group Theatre and America, ...Read more

THE FIXER

Joseph Finder
Dutton
ISBN 978-0525954613
376 pages
$28

Reviewed by Patrick Anderson, who reviews mysteries and thrillers for The Washington Post's Book World.

A certain good news/bad news plot has often worked well in crime...Read more

SAINT MAZIE

Jami Attenberg
Grand Central
ISBN 978-1455599899
325? pages
$25

Reviewed by Caroline Preston, who latest novel is "The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt."

Mazie Phillips-Gordon, the so-called Queen of the Bowery, was a ...Read more

'Saint Anything' pursues the holy grail of adolescence: emotional honesty

Books / Books News /

"Saint Anything: A Novel" by Sarah Dessen; Viking (418 pages, $19.99)

It's hard to imagine that anyone who reads fiction has not at some point encountered a romance that draws its protagonists from opposite ends of the economic spectrum. The rich-poor clash is one of the great themes of literature, popping up in almost every genre.

In recent ...Read more