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What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky

by Lesley Nneka Arimah

The opening story of What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, Lesley Nneka Arimah's debut collection of short fiction, sets the tone for the revelatory experience that awaits readers. "The Future Looks Good" is chilling; childhood memories torment the younger of two Nigerian sisters, while the older is married to an abusive husband. Also packed into its eight short pages are a father who hot-wired cars in his youth and the 1967-1970 Biafran war. Arimah's works, which include speculative fiction and African

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Bang

by Barry Lyga

Barry Lyga (I Hunt Killers trilogy) leaves serial killers behind and returns to Brookdale (The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy & Goth Girl) for a heart-aching slice-of-life drama about the life-altering effects of a single moment.

As a four-year old, Sebastian Cody, now 14, shot and killed his infant sister Lola with their father's gun, "[a]nd the thing is this: I don't even remember doing it." His parents' divorce, the stares and pity from everyone in town, and the crushing weight of his guilt all trace

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Sunshine State: Essays

by Sarah Gerard

If readers have yet to discover Sarah Gerard's poignant and unflinching personal essays in the online magazine Hazlitt, then Sunshine State, her brilliant first collection, is an excellent introduction to her work. Gerard (Binary Star) combines memories of growing up in Florida with captivating insight into the state's history. She wrings beauty and heartbreak out of experiences as varied as taking drugs, watching an impoverished best friend grow distant and resentful, and volunteering at a bird sanctuary

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Miss You

by Kate Eberlen

Two young Brits keep missing each other--and their chance for true and lasting love--over the course of 16 years.

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Shawn Loves Sharks

by Curtis Manley, illus. by Tracy Subisak

Shawn's mania for sharks spills over into his relationships at school, until prey turns on predator, and Shawn learns the value of reining in his obsession for the sake of friendship.

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Earthly Remains

by Donna Leon

A vacationing Commissario Guido Brunetti inadvertently begins an official investigation when he looks into the disappearance of an elderly friend.

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Workman Publishing: Barbecue Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades--Bastes, Butters & Glazes, Too by Steven Raichlen

Media Heat

Thursday, April 27, 2017

KCRW's Bookworm: Steven Moore, author of My Back Pages: Reviews and Essays (Zerogram Press, $30, 9781557134370).

The View: Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant, authors of Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy (Knopf, $25.95, 9781524732684).

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Daily Show: Kevin Coval, author of A People's History of Chicago (Haymarket, $17, 9781608466719).

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Virginia Hanlon Grohl, author of From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars (Seal Press, $27, 9781580056441) and her son Dave Grohl.

CBS This Morning: Vanessa Van Edwards, author of Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People (Portfolio, $27, 9780399564482).

The View: Caitlyn Jenner, author of The Secrets of My Life (Grand Central, $30, 9781455596751).

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Fresh Air: Dr. Elizabeth Ford, author of Sometimes Amazing Things Happen: Heartbreak and Hope on the Bellevue Hospital Psychiatric Prison Ward (Regan Arts, $27.95, 9781941393437).

Daily Show: Charlamagne Tha God, author of Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It (Touchstone, $25.99, 9781501145308).

Monday, April 24, 2017

Fresh Air: Rick Ankiel, author of The Phenomenon: Pressure, the Yips, and the Pitch that Changed My Life (PublicAffairs, $27, 9781610396868).

Daily Show: John Kasich, author of Two Paths: America Divided or United (Thomas Dunne, $27.99, 9781250138460).

CBS This Morning: Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope, authors of Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet (St. Martin's Press, $26.99, 9781250142078).

Thursday, April 20, 2017

KCRW's Bookworm: Talamantez Brolaski, author of Of Mongrelitude (Wave Books, $18, 9781940696447).

NPR's Indivisible: Amy Goldstein, author of Janesville: An American Story (Simon & Schuster, $27, 9781501102233).

The View: Matthew Dowd, author of A New Way: Embracing the Paradox as We Lead and Serve (Anam Cara, $14.95, 9781544500324).
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