But don't underestimate the latest YA novel by activist Justina Ireland – it's also a biting commentary on contemporary race relations in America.
Although Eisner's fascination with the celebrated poet sometimes lapses into hagiography, he frankly chronicles Neruda’s dark side.
The verse of Carl Phillips often seems like an interior monologue on which the reader is casually eavesdropping.
The 'Bernie Gunther' books were uniformly superb and reflected their hangdog protagonist: tough, cynical, very quotable, and ultimately, even quixotically, idealistic.
Norwegian journalist Asne Seierstad follows the true story of an immigrant who left Somaliland for Europe – only to see his daughters become radicalized and flee to support the Islamic State.
There is an edge to Moore’s vision, sardonic and self-deprecating.
Intended to be part travelogue, part reportage, and part memoir, 'God Save Texas' reads less like a coherent narrative and more like a collection of essays.
'Varina' can be seen as a reminder that a national reckoning over the legacy of slavery has yet to take place.
Author David Kertzer won a Pulitzer Prize in 2015 for his book 'The Pope and Mussolini.'
Much of the subject matter of 'Wade in the Water' takes its inspiration from the headlines, but ruminations on pregnancy and motherhood strikes a more hopeful and humorous note.
This true story about the theft of a bunch of bird skins is one of the most peculiar and memorable true-crime books ever.
Author John A. Lawrence had a front row seat to observe the times as they were a-changing.
Purdum does a fine job of drawing readers into the spirited, gossipy world of Broadway theater – a world that Rodgers and Hammerstein drastically re-shaped.
A girl looks through a window of a train parked at a railway station in New Delhi on April 20.
Mikhail devotes much of 'The Beekeeper' to transcribing the stories of the Yazidi women of northern Iraq who have been driven from their homes, sold into sexual slavery, and yet, remarkably, survived.
The Medici men and women portrayed by Mary Hollingsworth are generous art patrons, but always with the end goal of burnishing their own reputations and making Florence their sole possession.
Hoffman’s fascination with and enthusiasm for his topic are readily apparent on every page.
Young poet-protagonist Xiomara must dig deep to reclaim her identity and her voice, in spite of her rough circumstances.
In Booker Prize-winning author Peter Carey’s latest novel, a 1950s road rally serves as both an entertaining look at the Australian countryside and a plot device.
This story of a Chinese activitst's efforts to make a new life in the US is startling but heartening.
This book's prose shimmers, making it a memorably beautiful tribute.
Abouzeid gives voice to a handful of the millions of Syrians whose lives were tragically upended by war.
From a young Picasso to a Chinese couple seeking new lives in the US to the travails of the Yazidi women of Iraq – the Monitor's '10 best books of March' list ranges far and wide.
In James Carroll's latest novel, the protagonists' present lives are deeply affected by their perceptions of past mistakes.