Nutritionist Carrie Dennett shares three extra-healthful recipes for the slow cooker: Moroccan Beef Stew with Dried Plums; Mediterranean Chicken Stew with Lemon, Garlic and Olives; Coffee-Lovers Black Bean Chili.
Chilean author Alejandro Zambra’s story collection “My Documents” chronicles the quiet rhythms of life in Chile after the Pinochet dictatorship, where secrecy remains an essential element of social life.
Book editor Mary Ann Gwinn likes “books about books,” and she recommends a compelling one: “The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book,” by Peter Finn and Petra Couvée.
In “Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania,” nonfiction master Erik Larson uses many threads to weave the narrative of the last days of the passengers and crew of the Lusitania, before its shocking sinking by a German submarine.
Alan Lightman’s memoir “Screening Room: Family Pictures” is a recollection of his larger-than-life Memphis-based family, but its narrative power is blunted because some of the characters are belatedly revealed as fictional.