A vibrant portrait of the one of the world's fastest-growing, politically complex cities by the co-host of NPR's Morning Edition.

Into the Blue

American Writing on Aviation and Spaceflight

Edited by Joseph J. Corn

Library of America, $40

This collection includes essays by Benjamin Franklin, Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart and Chris Jones, who recalls being marooned on the International Space Station.

It Calls You Back

An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions and Healing

Luis J. Rodriguez

Touchstone, $24.99

The author of "Always Running" chronicles his journey from gang member to his place as a noted figure in Chicago literature and American letters.

I Want My MTV

The Uncensored History of the Music Video Revolution

Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum

Dutton, $29.95

An oral history of the pop culture phenomenon that now plays everything but popular music.

Jack Kennedy

Elusive Hero

Chris Matthews

Simon & Schuster, $27.50