Recommended books, April 6
We recommend these recently reviewed titles:Frog MusicBy Emma Donoghue(Little, Brown; 405 pages; $27)
The latest novel by the author of Room is a dazzling historical crime drama set in 1870s San Francisco that features a frog-catching cross-dresser, a once-great trapeze artist, a burlesque dancer turned reluctant mother and even its own soundtrack.The Empathy ExamsEssaysBy Leslie Jamison(Graywolf Press; 238 pages; $15 paperback)
Jamison, a rising star in the essay world, writes consistently with passion and panache; her sentences are elegantly formed, her voice on the page intimate and insistent. A Sliver of LightThree Americans Imprisoned in IranBy Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal and Sarah Shourd(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 339 pages; $27)
The three young American hikers who were captured by Iranian soldiers in 2009 tell of their imprisonment in this nuanced and full-bodied memoir.Meanwhile in San FranciscoThe City in Its Own WordsBy Wendy MacNaughton(Chronicle Books; 176 pages; $18.95)
MacNaughtons irresistibly bighearted book of illustrations gives voice to ordinary people from all walks of life.