Starred Review

The Mother

by Yvvette Edwards

Marcia Williams experiences every parent's worst nightmare: the murder of a child, her 16-year-old son, Ryan. As she girds herself to attend the trial of the teenager charged with fatally stabbing Ryan, Marcia's husband, Lloydie, withdraws; each day as she leaves for the courthouse, Marcia hopes he will attend with her, but Lloydie leaves the house before she's even out of bed. Marcia longs to understand why her son was killed, but Lloydie can't face it. So Marcia goes to the Old Bailey flanked by her sister,

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You May Also Like: Taste in an Age of Endless Choice

by Tom Vanderbilt

In an Internet world of seemingly infinite options, everyone is a critic. We are bombarded with opportunities to pick our likes, our favorites, our stars, our thumbs-up, our tomatoes or our smiley emojis. But what does it mean to "like" something? Where do our tastes come from? Can we trust anyone's judgment at all? Tom Vanderbilt (Traffic) attempts to address these questions and, in the process, raises and answers dozens more. With curiosity, folklore and equally rich research, You May Also Like tackles

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Sea Change

by Frank Viva

Twelve-year-old Eliot Dionisi is incredulous that his parents would cruelly send him off to live with "wrinkly old relatives" in Nova Scotia's Point Aconi, depriving him of a glorious summer with his best friends.

Eliot's "wrinkly old relatives" are Grandmother McNeil and his great-uncle Earl with the icy stare, gold tooth and anchor tattoo, but before Eliot knows it, he's made new kid friends and is waist-deep in the "grayish green" ocean with the intriguing, chestnut-haired Mary Beth McGillivery. It doesn't

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Reliance, Illinois

by Mary Volmer

In the late-19th century, a teenage girl arrives in a Mississippi River town and experiences political and social conflicts of the town and time first-hand--helped by a very progressive-minded mentor.

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Outrun the Moon

by Stacey Lee

Stacey Lee's second historical novel introduces a headstrong Chinatown teen whose "bossy cheeks" help her--and many others--survive the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

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The After Party

by Anton DiSclafani

The particular culture of 1950s Houston high society is the setting for this disturbing story of friendship and secrets.

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St. Martin's: The Children by Ann Leary

Media Heat

Monday, May 23, 2016

Fresh Air: Susan Silverman, author of Casting Lots: Creating a Family in a Beautiful, Broken World (Da Capo, $24.99, 9780306824616).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, co-author of The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and Politics (Penguin Press, $30, 9781101981672).

Thursday, May 19, 2016

KCRW's Bookworm: Valeria Luiselli, author of The Story of My Teeth (Coffee House Press, $16.95, 9781566894098).

Diane Rehm: Roger Thurow, author of The First 1,000 Days: A Crucial Time for Mothers and Children--And the World (PublicAffairs, $26.99, 9781610395854).

Daily Show: Arianna Huffington, author of The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time (Harmony, $26, 9781101904008).

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Fresh Air: Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer: A Novel (Grove Press, $16, 9780802124944).

Diane Rehm
: Dr. Norman Rosenthal, author of Super Mind: How to Boost Performance and Live a Richer and Happier Life Through Transcendental Meditation (TarcherPerigee, $27, 9780399174742).

Monday, May 16, 2016

Fresh Air: Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of The Gene: An Intimate History (Scribner, $32, 9781476733500). He will also appear tomorrow on CBS This Morning.

Diane Rehm: Marilu Henner and Michael Brown, author of Changing Normal: How I Helped My Husband Beat Cancer (Gallery Books, $26, 9781476793948).

Thursday, May 12, 2016

KCRW's Bookworm: Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You: A Novel (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $23, 9780374288228).

Fresh Air: Daniel Clowes, author of Patience (Fantagraphics, $29.99, 9781606999059).
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