Starred Review

The Silence of the Girls

by Pat Barker

The Iliad is the story of the Trojan War told by the victors, and by men. At long last, another perspective is offered, in Booker Prize-winner Pat Barker's The Silence of the Girls. Briseis was queen of a city near Troy and, after it fell to the Greeks, she was given as prize of honor to Achilles. After Apollo compelled him to forfeit a concubine, Agamemnon took Briseis for his own. This indignity inspires Achilles's famous sulk, which begins the Iliad.
 
In the tradition of Margaret

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Beautiful Country Burn Again: Democracy, Rebellion, and Revolution

by Ben Fountain

A former attorney and author of the novel Billy Lynn's Long Halftime WalkBen Fountain dissects the 2016 United States presidential campaign in a series of passionate essays. Coupling historical context with current events, Fountain argues that the country is facing a deep existential crisis. He believes that only twice before in U.S. history--the Civil War and the Great Depression--has a crisis of this level occurred. And each time, "the United States has had to reinvent itself to survive

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The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees

by Don Brown

The Unwanted's first two images couldn't be more jarring: on the title page, a hijab-wearing woman raises her hand to her face in overwhelming distress; a turn of the page reveals a girl holding flowers, smiling back over her shoulder as she walks across a town square lush with greenery. Both are victims of war, the former made desperate by a nation in ruins, the latter still innocent, destruction about to uproot her young life.
 
While the factious situation in war-torn Syria is difficult even for adults

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Babylon

by Yasmina Reza, trans. by Linda Asher

French playwright and novelist Yasmina Reza's Babylon explores the psychological chaos that follows one violent, murderous action.

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Open Me

by Lisa Locascio

An erotic coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of racism and nationalism in Denmark.

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Lion Forge: Upgrade Soul by Ezra Claytan Daniels

Media Heat

Thursday, September 20, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: Joshua Cohen and Samuel Nicholson, author and editor of ATTENTION: Dispatches from a Land of Distraction (Random House, $28, 9780399590214).

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

CBS This Morning: Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice (Delacorte, $18.99, 9780525580034).

Daily Show: Eli Saslow, author of Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist (Doubleday, $26.95, 9780385542869).

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Fresh Air: Linda Kay Klein, author of Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free (Touchstone, $26, 9781501124815).

Monday, September 17, 2018

Fresh Air: Neil deGrasse Tyson, author of Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military (Norton, $30, 9780393064445).

Morning Edition: Reese Witherspoon, author of Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love, and Baking Biscuits (Touchstone, $35, 9781501166273).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Khaled Hosseini, author of Sea Prayer (Riverhead, $15, 9780525539094).

Thursday, September 13, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: Joshua Cohen, author of ATTENTION: Dispatches from a Land of Distraction (Random House, $28, 9780399590214).

Daily Show: José Andrés, author of We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time (Anthony Bourdain/Ecco, $27.99, 9780062864482).
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