Starred Review

The Place of Stones

by Ali Hosseini

The Place of Stones by Ali Hosseini (The Lemon Grove) was originally published in Iran in 1997 and is Hosseini's second novel in English. The powerful Censorship Bureau of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance insisted on revisions that censored, among other elements, all literary references to female sexuality. This U.S. translation includes the deleted material. Hosseini also provides the censorship letter at the end of the book.

Haydar and Jamal, descended from farmers, struggle after a wealthy landowner

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Significant Zero: Heroes, Villains, and the Fight for Art and Soul in Video Games

by Walt Williams

Walt Williams is a successful videogame writer whose projects have included Bioshock, Civilization and Borderlands. Significant Zero is his memoir of the first 10 years he spent in this enormously profitable and high-pressure creative industry, intertwined with his thoughts on where it could go next.

In this story of youthful ambition and arrogance, Williams aligns himself with the stereotype of pudgy, antisocial, white male developers. He maintains a self-destructive total immersion in his work life, subsisting

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Miguel's Brave Knight: Young Cervantes and His Dream of Don Quixote

by Margarita Engle, illus. by Raúl Colón

Miguel de Cervantes survived his onerous childhood--his gambler father's imprisonments, his family's constant fleeing from debtors--by losing himself in stories. Inspired by his mother's tales, "dazzling plays" and "storytellers on street corners," Miguel imagines he will someday conjure his own "adventures/ of a knight who roams toward a deep/ blue lake.../ a towering mountain.../ a glittering/ cave...." Despite his lack of books, Miguel creates a "world/ of brave/ daydreams" that sustain him through plague,

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The Scarred Woman

by Jussi Adler-Olsen, trans. by William Frost

Department Q looks into multiple cases old and recent, including ones involving a hit-and-run killer and women beaten to death.

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Light Years

by Emily Ziff Griffin

A brilliant young woman attempts to cure a mysterious virus responsible for the deaths of large swathes of the United States population.

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Media Heat

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Fresh Air: Jane Mayer, author of Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right (Anchor, $17, 9780307947901).

Morning Joe: Walter Isaacson, author of Leonardo da Vinci (Simon & Schuster, $35, 9781501139154).

Good Morning America: Bryant Johnson, author of The RBG Workout: How She Stays Strong... and You Can Too! (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $14.99, 9781328919120).

CBS This Morning: Oprah Winfrey, author of The Wisdom of Sundays: Life-Changing Insights from Super Soul Conversations (Flatiron, $27.99, 9781250138064)

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Fresh Air: Amy Tan, author of Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir (Ecco, $28.99, 9780062319296).

Today Show: Richard Branson, author of Finding My Virginity: The New Autobiography (Portfolio, $35, 9780735219427).

Monday, October 16, 2017

Fresh Air: Matthew Walker, author of Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams (Scribner, $27, 9781501144318).

CBS This Morning: Scott Kelly, author of My Journey to the Stars (Crown, $17.99, 9781524763770).

Thursday, October 12, 2017

KCRW's Bookworm: Stephen Greenblatt, author of The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve (W.W. Norton, $27.95, 9780393240801).

Fresh Air: Jimmy Fallon, author of Everything Is Mama (Feiwel & Friends, $16.99, 9781250125842).

CBS This Morning: Yotam Ottolenghi, co-author of Sweet: Desserts from London's Ottolenghi (Ten Speed Press, $35, 9781607749141).

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

CBS This Morning: Matthew Walker, author of Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams (Scribner, $27, 9781501144318).
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