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We're Going to Need More Wine: Stories that Are Funny, Complicated, and True

by Gabrielle Union

In the introduction to Gabrielle Union's essay collection, We're Going to Need More Wine, the actress compares her book with a first date, when one is both excited and wary about how it might go wrong. She needn't worry--her first date with readers is a hit.

As the subtitle indicates, these stories are very funny and complicated, spanning from puberty to her current life as a movie star and famous athlete's wife. As a teen, her lack of sex education made her terrified of getting pregnant: "If you were raised

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The River of Consciousness

by Oliver Sacks

Two weeks before his death in 2015, author and neurologist Oliver Sacks (On the Move) arranged for the publication of his essay collection The River of Consciousness. Sacks was one of the finest science writers--well read, scientifically exact and literary.

The essays cover topics that include the sentience of worms and plants, the senses of speed and time, Darwin's extensive botanical writings, Freud's early work in neurology and anatomy, and how scientific progress is hampered by cultural expectations

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Whichwood

by Tahereh Mafi

As a mordeshoor for the magical village of Whichwood, 13-year-old orphan Laylee is bound by blood "to wash and package the dead destined for the Otherwhere." Thirteen-year-old Alice, from the town of Ferenwood, is tasked through her Surrender ("a magical coming-of-age ceremony") with helping Laylee--and not a second too soon: hard labor and the carelessness of her fellow villagers is draining the life from Laylee.

Whichwood, Tahereh Mafi's companion novel to Furthermore, is as absorbing as (if not more than)

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Totally His

by Erin Nicholas

A reluctant actress and a sexy cop have to work through feelings of mistrust that get in the way of their chemistry in this sweet romance.

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Noelle

by Greg Kincaid

A lovable yet rebellious rescue dog changes the lives of many in a rural Midwestern town during the Christmas season.

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The Kites

by Romain Gary, trans. by Miranda Richmond Mouillot

Humor and beauty relieve the darkness in this epic novel of World War II by a beloved French author.

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The Misfit's Manifesto

by Lidia Yuknavitch

Lidia Yuknavitch's beautifully written and compassionate collection of personal essays encourages those struggling to fit in to accept themselves just as they are.

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Media Heat

Thursday, November 16, 2017

KCRW's Bookworm: Wallace Shawn, author of Night Thoughts (Haymarket, $14.95, 9781608468126).

On Point: A.J. Jacobs, author of It's All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree (Simon & Schuster, $27, 9781476734491).

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

CBS This Morning: Steve Leder, author of More Beautiful Than Before: How Suffering Transforms Us (Hay House, $17.99, 9781401953126).

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

CBS This Morning: Tina Brown, author of The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983-1992 (Holt, $32, 9781627791366).

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Tyler Perry, author of Higher Is Waiting (Spiegel & Grau, $26, 9780812989342).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Christian Siriano, author of Dresses to Dream About (Rizzoli, $45, 9780847858385).

Monday, November 13, 2017

Fresh Air: Gregory Boyle, author of Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship (Simon & Schuster, $26, 9781476726151).

CBS This Morning: Meg Jay, author of Supernormal: The Untold Story of Adversity and Resilience (Twelve, $28, 9781455559152).

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Joe Biden, author of Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose (Flatiron, $27, 9781250171672).

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Fresh Air: Nathaniel Popper, author of Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money (Harper Paperbacks, $15.99, 9780062362506).

Daily Show: Van Jones, author of Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together (Ballantine, $27, 9780399180026).
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