NWPR Books http://nwpr.org en 'Tigerman' Will Get Its Claws Into You http://nwpr.org/post/tigerman-will-get-its-claws-you How do you know when a book has hooked you? When it really gets you in the guts and won't let go?<p>When you can't stop telling people about it. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:22:00 +0000 Jason Sheehan 49583 at http://nwpr.org 'Panic In A Suitcase' Puts A Fresh Spin On A Coming-To-America Story http://nwpr.org/post/panic-suitcase-puts-fresh-spin-coming-america-story There's a wonderful 1982 memoir called <em>An Orphan in History</em> by the late <em>Village Voice</em> writer Paul Cowan. It's about Cowan's search for his European Jewish roots, and in it he says something about the sacrifices of older generations of immigrants that's always stayed with me. Cowan says: "Millions of immigrant families . . . Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:27:00 +0000 Maureen Corrigan 49535 at http://nwpr.org 'Panic In A Suitcase' Puts A Fresh Spin On A Coming-To-America Story Can I Get A Do-Over? Shadow Selves And Second Chances http://nwpr.org/post/can-i-get-do-over-shadow-selves-and-second-chances Two remarkable graphic novels being released this week are themed around shadow-selves, legacies and second chances: Bryan Lee O'Malley's <em>Seconds</em> is about a woman given the opportunity to magically undo past mistakes, while Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew's <em>The Shadow Hero</em> revises a mysterious golden-age superhero called the Green Turtle by fleshing out his Asian-American origins.<p>Katie Clay is a successful chef whose skill makes Seconds the most popular restaurant in town — but after four years of living and working there without a share of the business, she's ready for a pl Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:01:00 +0000 Amal El-Mohtar 49527 at http://nwpr.org Can I Get A Do-Over? Shadow Selves And Second Chances 'Rocket Girl' Is A Jetpack-Powered 21st Century Angel http://nwpr.org/post/rocket-girl-jetpack-powered-21st-century-angel One word: jetpack. You perked up, right? When most of us dream of the future, jetpacks are one of the first things we dream about. And yet, even now that the future is indisputably here, we continue to be denied the ultimate sci-fi accessory. With all the 21st-century tech we've got these days — maps that talk, hand-held videophones — why aren't we all flying through the air with the greatest of renewable-energy-fueled ease? Maybe jetpacks need a special kind of power, an explosive force the average adult just can't muster. Maybe they need a teenager instead — say, a teen girl. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:17:00 +0000 Etelka Lehoczky 49528 at http://nwpr.org 'Rocket Girl' Is A Jetpack-Powered 21st Century Angel London Through The Eyes Of Dickens In 'The Victorian City' http://nwpr.org/post/london-through-eyes-dickens-victorian-city In September 1777, Samuel Johnson declared to his friend James Boswell, "When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life."<p>Johnson actually was referring to his hectic social calendar, but he did have a point. The city he was discussing was on course to become the largest metropolis the world had ever seen. In 1800, London was home to 1 million residents. By 1911 that number had grown to a staggering 7 million: a population far greater than Paris, Berlin, St. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:20:00 +0000 J.P. O'Malley 49532 at http://nwpr.org London Through The Eyes Of Dickens In 'The Victorian City' Lose Yourself In The Wild Forests Of 'Those Who Wish Me Dead' http://nwpr.org/post/lose-yourself-wild-forests-those-who-wish-me-dead Jace Wilson is a 13-year-old boy who plans to do what many boneheaded 13-year-olds do: something dumb on a dare, to once and for all dispense with the idea that he might be a coward. But while psyching himself up to go through with the dare, he witnesses a murder — and before we know it, we're off. Michael Koryta's new novel, <em>Those Who Wish Me Dead</em>, sucks you in from the first page and doesn't let you go.<p>It's clear that Jace must disappear until the murderers are found. So, how do you make a teenager disappear for a while? Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:09:00 +0000 Madhulika Sikka 49531 at http://nwpr.org An Elegant, Thoughtful Exploration Of Life In 'Two Italies' http://nwpr.org/post/elegant-thoughtful-exploration-life-two-italies I remember taking an intermediate Italian class in college, and to gauge our linguistic level of proficiency, the professor assigned us a short essay to write. Using the Italian I had picked up from my grandparents, I proudly wrote about my familial ancestry in Calabria. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 09:04:00 +0000 editor 49533 at http://nwpr.org Surviving An Adult World In Fairy Tales, And Real Life http://nwpr.org/post/surviving-adult-world-fairy-tales-and-real-life I live in Tucson, Ariz. National news about thousands of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border — some as young as 2 years old — is local news here. A front-page headline from this week's <em>Arizona Daily Star</em> reads, "Immigration tension boils over in Oracle." It's subtitled "Protesters, supporters, clash; bus carrying children fails to show."<p>The article featured a photograph of protesters, adults standing by signs scrawled with red and blue markers. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:47:00 +0000 editor 49259 at http://nwpr.org Surviving An Adult World In Fairy Tales, And Real Life 'Pirates In The Heartland': At Least This Review Is Safe For Work http://nwpr.org/post/pirates-heartland-least-review-safe-work There's a line pop culture likes to flirt with. It's the line between naughty and nasty, between seamy and sordid, between icky and "come on, really, I just ate lunch." Back in the mid-'60s, when ladies always wore stockings and gentlemen still wore hats, S. Clay Wilson left that line in his rearview mirror.<br /> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:16:00 +0000 Etelka Lehoczky 49123 at http://nwpr.org 'Pirates In The Heartland': At Least This Review Is Safe For Work An Army Wife Charts Her Struggles In 'No Man's War' http://nwpr.org/post/army-wife-charts-her-struggles-no-mans-war People often expect military wives to be strong and stoic. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:03:00 +0000 editor 49066 at http://nwpr.org An Army Wife Charts Her Struggles In 'No Man's War'