(Deb Lindsey / For the Washington Post)

Ten books we love, so far

This mixture of fiction and nonfiction includes meaty biographies, tales of angst and stories of betrayal.

Reading — and selling — books in paradise

These people followed their dreams of owning bookstores in resort towns.

summer books

Vacationing with Emma Straub and Herman Koch

‘The Vacationers’ and ‘Summer House With Swimming Pool’ offer two very different visions of getting away.

Recent Reviews

Thomas Berger, author of ‘Little Big Man,’ dies at 89

Mr. Berger wrote 23 novels, including the rollicking western that was made into a Dustin Hoffman movie.

‘Panic in a Suitcase,’ by Yelena Akhtiorskaya

A comic novel about a great Ukrainian poet and his extended family in the United States.

New science fiction and fantasy for July

Novels by Stephanie Feldman, Joe Abercrombie and Max Gladstone

Fiction: ‘Time of the Locust,’ by Morowa Yejidé

An autistic boy and his family struggle to break free from their burdens in a fantastical first novel.

Book review: ‘Happy Clouds, Happy Trees’

Remember Bob Ross of “The Joy of Painting”? A serious look at the man who thought we could all make art.

Chris Boh­jalian looks close to home for audiobook narrator

The bestselling novelist’s daughter is the voice of “Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands“

Review: ‘Red or Dead,’ on the epic hero Bill Shankly

A mesmerizing novel eschewing conventional style about the legendary Liverpool FC manager.

‘Cloud Atlas’ author David Mitchell tweets a short story

David Mitchell builds his latest work over 280 tweets.

A quarter century of the Baffler

The iconoclastic magazine launches a new Web site today that includes its entire archive.

In the trenches of the human spirit in the Great War

Jacqueline Winspear delivers a quietly powerful tale of the home front and battlefield during World War I.

Lena Dunham wants America to read her memoir

Publisher suggests the star of HBO’s “Girls” means no disrespect, but D.C.is not included on her book tour.

Finding hope amid the chaos

In “Rogue Elephant,” Simon Denyer explores India’s raucous democracy and fitful governance.

A history of the Nile

An Egyptologist explores the importance of the Nile to the civilizations that peopled its banks.

Subverting the Nazis from inside a lab

Arthur Allen tells how two scientists deceived their Nazi bosses in search for typhus vaccine.

Period of political transformation

Michael Wolraich tracks the massive turnaround in partisan political fortunes in the early 20th century.

‘The Architecture of Diplomacy’

A lavish photobook about the British Ambassador’s residence in DC, by Anthony Seldon and Daniel Collings.

The best films of all time? Too longtime critics weigh in.

In new books, David Thomson and Kenneth Turan rate Hollywood’s offerings, new and old.

All about Intel, yesterday’s tech wonder

in “The Intel Trinity,” Michael S. Malone shows how three larger-than-life men built an early tech behemoth.

Sherlock Holmes and the case of the vanishing copyright

Supreme Court refuses to block publication of new stories about the famous detective.

‘Paper Lantern’ and ‘Ecstatic Cahoots,’ by Stuart Dybek

In these collections of short stories, romance stirs in a seemingly unlikely setting in Chicago.

‘The Madonna and the Starship,’ by James Morrow

Michael Dirda reviews a satiric novella about the golden days of science fiction television.

Mary Karr on Lena Dunham’s book tour

The author of “The Liar’s Club” will be in conversation with the creator of “Girls” in Boston on Oct. 2.

‘How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky,’ by Lydia Netzer

Two star-aligned astrophysicists search for love in a galaxy of loneliness.

Harper Lee objects to new book about her by Marja Mills

Penguin Press stands by “The Mockingbird Next Door.”

Dystopian: ‘California,’ by Edan Lepucki

A pregnant woman and her husband fight to survive in the aftermath of the fall of civilization.

Kramerbooks begins new author series

The Dupont Circle store has hired an events coordinator with ambitious plans.

A memoir of a wacky mother by the son who survived her

Brando Skyhorse, a PEN/Hemingway award winner, had a rough-and-tumble upbringing in Los Angeles.

Nadine Gordimer on the writing life

“People always want to know when and where you write. As if there’s a secret methodology to be followed.”

‘The Goldfinch’ -- in print and paint

“Fabritius and the Goldfinch: A True Story of Art, Tragedy, and Immortality,” by Deborah Davis

Detective fiction: ‘Dry Bones in the Valley,’ by Tom Bouman

An exciting and disturbing debut about a murder in rural Pennsylvania, a land of fracking and meth labs.

Finding exquisite flavors in unexpected places

Chef Dan Barber chronicles his journey in search of delicious and sustainable foods.

From catastrophe to miracle

Laurence Gonzalez shows how heroic pilots managed to land airliner after loss of flight controls.

Death by acoustics

In “War of the Whales,” Joshua Horwitz describes fatal encounters between whales and sonar.

Why we’re still mesmerized by Hollywood’s classic roles

‘Star Presence’ hits the rewind button to reveal why some stars’ work still shines even decades later.

Todd ‘Legitimate Rape’ Akin fires back

Aking, a candidate for Senate in 2012, is publishing a memoir about his “political assassination.”

‘Dark Aemilia’ is a special treat for Shakespeare lovers

Sally O’Reilly creates a fiery, proto-feminist heroine who gets entangled in a star-crossed affair with the Bard.

‘Fun with Kirk and Spock’

Robb Pearlman’s Star Trek parody of “Dick and Jane: has already racked up more than 25,000 orders.

Politics & Prose wins National Book Festival contract

P&P will be the first independent bookstore to sell books at the annual festival, which is on Aug. 30 this year.

Voyage-tales collection blends atypical narrative, history

No other writer has purchased a Thai sex slave, tried to fight with mujahideen rebels in Afghanistan.

Frank Robinson, speechwriter for Harvey Milk, dies at 87

Mr. Robinson penned thrillers and sci-fi, but he also made a living in nonfiction.

Washington Post Bestsellers July 13, 2014

The books Washington has been reading.

Ron Charles

Ron Charles

‘Panic in a Suitcase,’ by Yelena Akhtiorskaya

A comic novel about a great Ukrainian poet and his extended family in the United States.

The Style Blog

Ron Charles

Chris Boh­jalian looks close to home for audiobook narrator

The bestselling novelist’s daughter is the voice of “Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands“

The Style Blog

Ron Charles

A quarter century of the Baffler

The iconoclastic magazine launches a new Web site today that includes its entire archive.

Michael Dirda

Michael Dirda

‘The Madonna and the Starship,’ by James Morrow

Michael Dirda reviews a satiric novella about the golden days of science fiction television.

Michael Dirda

Michael Dirda

Dirda reviews ‘The Informed Air: Essays’ by Muriel Spark

An autobiography in essays from the author best known for “The Prime of Miss Jane Brodie.”

Michael Dirda

Michael Dirda

Michael Dirda recommends summer chillers

If you’re looking for literary shocks and shivers, check out these specialty presses.

Jonathan Yardley

Jonathan Yardley

Subverting the Nazis from inside a lab

Arthur Allen tells how two scientists deceived their Nazi bosses in search for typhus vaccine.

Jonathan Yardley

Jonathan Yardley

From catastrophe to miracle

Laurence Gonzalez shows how heroic pilots managed to land airliner after loss of flight controls.

Jonathan Yardley

Jonathan Yardley

Marching to the sea

The three lives of William Tecumseh Sherman

Literary Calendar

Going Out Guide: Upcoming events

Going Out Guide: Upcoming events

Get the latest on readings, signings and author appearances in the D.C. area.