The House on First Street: My New Orleans Story
Reed, a Mississippi native, rented a pied-a-terre in New Orleans in the early '90s, but not until 2005 did she marry and buy a house -- a Greek Revival mansion in the historic Garden District. Her story of renovation horrors and middle-aged coming-of-age is interrupted by Hurricane Katrina.
The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood
Cooper, a reporter for The Times, lived in the house at Sugar Beach with her family during a privileged Liberian childhood. That idyll ended in 1980 when rebel soldiers gang-raped Cooper's mother and the family went into exile.
My Name Is Will: A Novel of Sex, Drugs, and Shakespeare
Young William Shakespeare alternates chapters with an American alter ego, a hash-smoking University of California, Santa Cruz, grad student, in this lusty, pun-drunk first novel by a former member of the Reduced Shakespeare Company (and current cartoon producer).
The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America
The latest installment of Bamford's long NSA narrative (beginning with "The Puzzle Palace" in 1982) focuses on warrantless wiretapping -- which actually meant intercepting just about all communications, then using sophisticated software to sift through the material. I See You Everywhere
The third and most autobiographical novel by Glass, who won the National Book Award for "Three Junes" in 2002, describes the complex emotional bond between two sisters -- one cautious and brainy, the other vital and adventurous -- and its painful rupture.
Say You're One of Them
Each of the stories and novellas in this debut collection by a Nigerian Jesuit priest is set in a different African country, and each describes horrors from the point of view of a child subjected to poverty, dislocation and worse.