Starred Review

Paris by the Book

by Liam Callanan

In Paris by the Book, Liam Callanan (All Saints, The Cloud Atlas) offers an enchanting survey of Paris and a nuanced portrait of a family struggling to understand one another. After her author husband, Robert, disappears--leaving the words I'm sorry scrawled in an old book--Leah moves from Wisconsin to Paris with her two teenage daughters to live out the plot of Robert's latest work in progress. Together, she and her daughters buy a quaint bookstore and begin to settle down in their magical new city. Still,

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Darwin Comes to Town: How the Urban Jungle Drives Evolution

by Menno Schilthuizen

"Never before in the history of our planet," writes research scientist Menno Schilthuizen, "has a single life form been so dominant." Here he refers to humans, and throughout his beautifully researched and immensely engaging Darwin Comes to Town, he explores the surprising ways in which city development has shaped the natural world, right down to its DNA.

Among the highlights is the story of Manchester's peppered moth, which first emerged in nature as a pale, white-winged insect. By the middle of the Industrial

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by Jed Alexander

A little girl cloaked in red has every intention of bringing a picnic basket to her grandmother, who lives in a house in the woods. While she's out walking, she encounters a big--and, it must be said, bad-looking--wolf. You know where this is going... or do you?

Red's left-hand pages tell the same old story: the imposing wolf tries to intimidate the girl in red. But the right-hand pages tell the real story: various woodland animals clutching balloons, streamers and so forth sneak past the squaring-off girl

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Women in Sunlight 

by Frances Mayes

Four very different American women experience reinvention and self-discovery when they settle in Tuscany and explore all that Italy has to offer.

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by Rebecca Harrington

Writing listicles instead of real reporting, Elinor finds her life trending nowhere until she posts a personal essay from the heart that goes viral.

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The Overstory

by Richard Powers

In a novel about the fight to save ancient forests, Richard Powers ponders the limits of environmental activism.

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by Christine Mangan

Former college roommates reunite in Morocco, with enigmatic tensions and references to a troubled past.

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by Samantha Irby

This augmented reissue of blogger Samantha Irby's first essay collection is a foulmouthed delight.

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Lion Forge: This Is a Taco by Andrew Cangelose, illustrated by Josh Shipley

Media Heat

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Fresh Air: Kathleen Belew, author of Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America (Harvard University Press, $29.95, 9780674286078).

Today Show: Joanna Coles, author of Love Rules: How to Find a Real Relationship in a Digital World (Harper, $25.99, 9780062652584).

The View: Whitney Bowe, author of The Beauty of Dirty Skin: The Surprising Science of Looking and Feeling Radiant from the Inside Out (Little, Brown, $28, 9780316509824).

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Fresh Air: David Kertzer, author of The Pope Who Would Be King: The Exile of Pius IX and the Emergence of Modern Europe (Random House, $35, 9780812989915).

Daily Show: Jonah Goldberg, author of Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics Is Destroying American Democracy (Crown Forum, $28, 9781101904930).

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Ronan Farrow, author of War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence (Norton, $27.95, 9780393652109).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Sarah Kendzior, author of The View from Flyover Country: Dispatches from the Forgotten America (Flatiron, $12.99, 9781250189998).

Monday, April 23, 2018

Fresh Air: Gregory Pardlo, author of Air Traffic: A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America (Knopf, $26.95, 9781524731762).

CBS This Morning: Ian Bremmer, author of Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism (Portfolio, $27, 9780525533184).

The Opposition with Jordan Klepper: Ross Douthat, author of To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism (Simon & Schuster, $26, 9781501146923).

Thursday, April 19, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: Christine Schutt, author of Pure Hollywood: And Other Stories (Grove Press, $23, 9780802127617).

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The View: James Comey, author of A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership (Flatiron, $29.99, 9781250192455).

Daily Show: Chelsea Clinton, author of She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History (Philomel, $17.99, 9780525516996).
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