Apr 1, 2013 — In softcover fiction, Maria Semple chronicles a daughter's search for her missing mother, Jess Walter imagines a glimmering but futile courtship, and Lionel Shriver delivers a tongue-in-cheek take on terrorism. In nonfiction, Victoria Sweet recounts her unusual medical training.
Apr 5, 2012 — Publishers initially passed on Lionel Shriver's satire on terrorism, The New Republic. The manuscript languished in a drawer until now, but can a work written 13 years ago remain relevant today?
Sep 8, 2007 — The man who lent his name to the American continents was thought to be an intrepid explorer in the league of Christopher Columbus and Vasco de Gama. But a new book portrays Amerigo Vespucci as little more than a con man with a wild imagination. Felipe Fernandez-Armesto talks about his book, Amerigo: The Man Who Gave His Name to America.
Feb 12, 2006 — In 1669, a Paris bookseller published Portuguese Letters. Who wrote them? It's the subject of much debate. Myriam Cyr dives into a literary mystery in her first book, Letters of a Portuguese Nun.
Jul 13, 2005 — Columnist Alan Greenblatt calls this account of Magellan's voyage around the world "a great adventure story, complete with... political intrigue, sexual adventurism, travelogue."