Starred Review

The Music Shop

by Rachel Joyce

In her fourth novel, The Music Shop, Rachel Joyce (The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry) composes a narrative with soul and depth. In a down-at-heel street in a nondescript British city, Frank's record shop doesn't just sell vinyl (and only vinyl), it also gives people the music they don't know they need.

Easygoing about most things, Frank is unbudging about vinyl, with all its idiosyncrasies. "Life has surface noise!" he shouts at a sales rep touting the "clean" sound of CDs. "Do you want

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The Girl in the Tower

by Katherine Arden

Katherine Arden delivers another breathtakingly suspenseful, romantic romp through medieval Russia in this sequel to 2016's The Bear and the Nightingale. Pagan gods clash with the growth of Christianity, and an immortal creature of wind and ice must choose between immortality and his longing for a remarkable mortal girl.

Following the death of her father, spirited Vasalisa Petrovna is on the run with the magnificent stallion Solovey. Faced with equally unappealing prospects of marriage or conviction of witchcraft,

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Life Doesn't Frighten Me

by Maya Angelou, Sara Jane Boyers, editor, illus. by Jean-Michel Basquiat

Monsters under the bed, specters hiding in closets, demons just outside the door seem to afflict--and limit--every child at some point in their young lives. But what if those "Shadows on the wall/ Noises down the hall" could be confronted... and even banished? What if an incantation as easy as "Life doesn't frighten me at all" was enough to encourage and enable resolute audacity?

Presented as an impassioned ode to courage, the late poet Dr. Maya Angelou's 1993 poem returns in a handsome 25th-anniversary edition

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We'll Sleep When We're Old

by Pino Corrias, trans. by Antony Shugaar

We'll Sleep When We're Old combines the intimacy of a character study with the pace of a thriller to tell the story of a ruthless movie producer spiraling out of control.

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by Sam Graham-Felsen

Graham-Felsen's first novel is a wry and moving take on growing up with a white face in an all-brown Boston public middle school.

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Betty Before X

by Ilyasah Shabazz, Renée Watson

In this inspiring novel, Ilyasah Shabazz and Renée Watson describe the formative childhood years of civil rights icon Betty Shabazz.

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Harlequin Teen: Zenith (Androma Saga #1) by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

Media Heat

Thursday, January 11, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: Chris Kraus, author of After Kathy Acker: A Literary Biography (Semiotext(e), $24.95, 9781635900064).

Daily Show: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, co-author of Becoming Kareem: Growing Up on and off the Court (Little, Brown, $17.99, 9780316555388).

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Opposition with Jordan Klepper: Brian Klaas, co-author of The Despot's Apprentice: Donald Trump's Attack on Democracy (Hot Books, $18.99, 9781510735859).

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Fresh Air: Patrice Banks, author of Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide (Touchstone, $25, 9781501144110).

Monday, January 8, 2018

Daily Show: Ashley Graham, co-author of A New Model: What Confidence, Beauty, and Power Really Look Like (Dey Street, $15.99, 9780062667953).

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Michael Wolff, author of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House (Holt, $30, 9781250158062).

Thursday, January 4, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: Joe Hagan, author of Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine (Knopf, $29.95, 9781101874370).

The Opposition with Jordan Klepper: David Miliband, author of Rescue: Refugees and the Political Crisis of Our Time (Simon & Schuster/TED, $16.99, 9781501154393).
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