‘How the Sun Got to Coco’s House” is writer-illustratorBob Graham’s delightful celebration of daylight. On its cover and opening pages, young Coco and her dog peer out the window at a snowy night and then slumber peacefully as the sun rounds the world. The golden light sweeps along, catching the eye of a humpback whale, brushing across beaches and northern forests and down city streets.
Pick up “Bats of the Republic” and — even before you start reading — you’re instantly transfixed. The author, Zachary Thomas Dodson, is a book designer who co-founded Featherproof Books out of Chicago, and his debut novel is a glorious demonstration of what old-fashioned paper can still do in the hands of a creative genius.
Sloane Crosley is best known for her quietly hilarious personal essays, collected in two best-selling books, “How Did You Get this Number” and “I Was Told There’d Be Cake.” With her newest work “The Clasp,” Crosley is venturing into new territory: fiction. The novel, inspired by Guy de Maupassant’s short story “The Necklace,” is a love-triangle-comedy-of-manners told in Crosley’s signature irreverent style.