Starred Review


by Akwaeke Emezi

Akwaeke Emezi's standout first novel, Freshwater, is a riveting and peculiar variation on coming of age. Ada is a Nigerian girl born into great power. Her name invokes the serpent deity of an ancient pantheon, and beckons an Igbo god collective to inhabit her form. These ogbanje are the voices that narrate Ada's youth and blooming adulthood, holding their vessel captive to their whims and assuming control when necessary to protect her.

The girl's childhood is marked by an unstable home life and volatile

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by Lisa Halliday

From the get-go, Whiting Award-winner Lisa Halliday signals that the world of her first novel, Asymmetry, will be more like that found behind Lewis Carroll's looking glass than the more prosaic one in front of it. Young editor Alice Dodge is sitting on a New York City park bench trying to read a dense book when Ezra, a famous novelist 50 years her senior, sits beside her. She is drawn by his fame and conversational flair. Asymmetry takes off into the quotation mark-filled love affair of two literary

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The Prince and the Dressmaker

by Jen Wang

Jen Wang's graphic novel The Prince and the Dressmaker immerses readers in an aristocratic "Paris, at the dawn of the modern age," full of dazzling high fashion and high-stakes romance.

Prince Sebastian has a secret. Sixteen and heir to the throne, Sebastian knows he must marry soon and take on the responsibilities of the monarchy. He also knows that "[i]f anybody found out the prince wore dresses, it would ruin the whole family," but he feels the most comfortable, the most himself, when he's wearing women's

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Limits of the Known

by David Roberts

A veteran mountain climber remembers his own accomplishments and those of other explorers while he confronts the greatest unknown, his own death.

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Sakura's Cherry Blossoms

by Robert Paul Weston, illus. by Misa Saburi

For Sakura, the memories of her adored grandmother back in Japan and a new friendship with the boy next door help ease the challenges of moving across the world.

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The Pope of Palm Beach

by Tim Dorsey

Amid the usual tomfoolery, Dorsey's new Serge and Coleman romp across Florida also scatters enlightening nuggets about the tools of a successful novelist.

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The Belles

by Dhonielle Clayton

The Belles, Dhonielle Clayton's evocative and exciting new fantasy, is a perfect next-read for lovers of Stephanie Garber's Caraval.

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Media Heat

Thursday, February 22, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: Scott McClanahan, author of The Sarah Book (Tyrant Books, $16.95, 9780988518391) and Crapalachia: A Biography of Place (Two Dollar Radio, $16, 9781937512033).

Thursday, February 15, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: Víctor Terán and David Shook, editors of Like A New Sun: New Indigenous Mexican Poetry (Phoneme Media, $24, 9781939419262).

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Fresh Air: Finn Murphy, author of The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road (Norton, $26.95, 9780393608717).

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Fresh Air: Joshua Green, author of Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Nationalist Uprising (Penguin Books, $17, 9780735225046).

Monday, February 12, 2018

Fresh Air: Kate Bowler, author of Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved (Random House, $26, 9780399592065).
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