The author's debut novel centers on an unlikely romance between an Iraq veteran and a Uyghur from China.
More than 380 people are now believed to have died in the collapse of a clothing factory complex in Bangladesh last week.
But the true number of casualties may never be known, as hundreds are still missing, and the rescue operation is now winding down.
The BBC’s Andrew North reports on the experiences of those who’ve been trying to pull out the survivors.
Here & Now resident chef and cookbook author Kathy Gunst shares her list of the best cookbooks of the year.