Starred Review

Convenience Store Woman

by Sayaka Murata, trans. by Ginny Tapley Takemori

In the opening pages of Convenience Store Woman, Keiko Furukura is in her element, at work in the Hiiromachi Station Smile Mart. She knows what the displays need, how properly to promote the day's featured item, when the cold drinks need replenishing. She reads her customers expertly: "Instantly I deduce that he will use electronic money." She is a valued employee and good at her job. The mingled beeps, dings, rustles and clacks of the convenience store form a "sound that ceaselessly caresses [her] eardrums."

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The Weather Detective: Rediscovering Nature's Secret Signs

by Peter Wohlleben

"Forecasts of up to a week in advance are about seventy percent likely to be true," writes Peter Wohlleben (The Hidden Life of Trees) in his fascinating look at the natural world, The Weather Detective: Rediscovering Nature's Secret Signs. But that 30% of uncertainty can wreak havoc on a garden. Luckily, he continues, we can learn to make weather predictions ourselves that are often at least as--if not more--accurate than what our local meteorologists tell us. That's because meteorologists, he says, are predicting

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The 5 O'Clock Band

by Bill Taylor, Troy Andrews, illus. by Bryan Collier

This follow-up to Troy Andrews and Bryan Collier's Coretta Scott King Award–winning Trombone Shorty guides readers through the spirited streets of New Orleans. Having missed his band's practice, Shorty questions whether he has what it takes to lead. Wandering the streets in search of his friends, Shorty encounters different members of his community and asks them what it takes to be a leader.
 
Andrews's words blanket the audience in the sights, sounds and smells of all these encounters, while Collier's

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Room to Dream

by David Lynch, Kristine McKenna

Filmmaker David Lynch casts aside his reticence to discuss his life and films in this wildly enjoyable, massive and bracingly candid memoir.

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Robin

by Dave Itzkoff

It may not be possible to understand fully the complexity of Robin Williams, but this layered, definitive biography comes close.

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Little Brown and Company: The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand

Media Heat

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Fresh Air: David E. Sanger, author of The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age (Crown, $28, 9780451497895).

CBS This Morning: Elin Hilderbrand, author of The Perfect Couple (Little, Brown, $28, 9780316375269).

Today Show: Emily Jane Fox, author of Born Trump: Inside America's First Family (Harper, $27.99, 9780062690777).

The Tonight Show: David Hogg and Lauren Hogg, authors of #NeverAgain: A New Generation Draws the Line (Random House, $10, 9781984801838).

The Opposition with Jordan Klepper: Yeonmi Park, co-author of In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom (Penguin Books, $17, 9780143109747).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Michael Ian Black, author of I'm Sad (Simon & Schuster, $17.99, 9781481476270).

Monday, June 18, 2018

The Opposition with Jordan Klepper: Dan Pfeiffer, author of Yes We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter, and Trump (Twelve, $28, 9781538711712). He also appear on CBS This Morning.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: Michael Ondaatje, author of Warlight: A Novel (Knopf, $26.95, 9780525521198).

NPR's 1A: John Branch, author of The Last Cowboys: A Pioneer Family in the New West (Norton, $26.95, 9780393292343).

Fresh Air remembers Jill Ker Conway.

The Opposition with Jordan Klepper: Clint Watts, author of Messing with the Enemy: Surviving in a Social Media World of Hackers, Terrorists, Russians, and Fake News (Harper, $27.99, 9780062795984).

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Fresh Air: Howard Bryant, author of The Heritage: Black Athletes, a Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism (Beacon Press, $26.95, 9780807026991).

CBS This Morning: Roger Bennett, co-author of Men in Blazers Present Encyclopedia Blazertannica: A Suboptimal Guide to Soccer, America's Sport of the Future Since 1972 (Knopf, $27.95, 9781101875988).

Today Show: Fatima Farheen Mirza, author of A Place for Us: A Novel (Hogarth, $27, 9781524763558).

Daily Show: Ian Bremmer, author of Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism (Portfolio, $27, 9780525533184).

Monday, June 11, 2018

NPR's 1A: Matthew Polly, author of Bruce Lee: A Life (Simon & Schuster, $35, 9781501187629).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Jake Tapper, author of The Hellfire Club (Little, Brown, $27, 9780316472319).
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