Starred Review

Miracle on 5th Avenue

by Sarah Morgan

Eva Jordan is a hopeless romantic, despite several years of lackluster dating experiences. She's thrilled when she is asked to stock the freezer and decorate the penthouse apartment belonging to Lucas Blade, the grandson of Eva's new concierge service client. A huge blizzard is headed for Manhattan, but Eva plans to stay out of the storm, cooking, stringing up Christmas garland and admiring the views of Central Park.

Lucas, a famous mystery author, has hated the holidays since the death of his wife, and told

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The Fish Market: Inside the Big Money Battle for the Ocean and Your Dinner Plate

by Lee van der Voo

Is there such a thing as an interesting fish story? Lee van der Voo, managing director of the nonprofit journalism studio InvestigateWest, lost a bet on that question and ended up on a four-year investigation of a story with far-reaching consequences: the privatization of fishing in the United States.

Far from being as dry as the concept might sound, The Fish Market is a scintillating and often chilling look at the strange partnership between the environmental lobby and conservative big money. "Catch shares"

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Gods, Wasps and Stranglers: The Secret History and Redemptive Future of Fig Trees

by Mike Shanahan

Mike Shanahan's Gods, Wasps and Stranglers: The Secret History and Redemptive Future of Fig Trees is a deceptively brief account of the Ficus genus of trees in history, emphasizing but not limited to their relationship with humans. Shanahan brings the expertise of decades of ecological fieldwork and a bubbling enthusiasm to a topic clearly close to his heart. He makes a strong argument that his readers should be attuned to and excited about fig trees, too.

The plant figures into the origin stories of cultures

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by Neal Shusterman

This intriguing YA novel by Neal Shusterman delves into a closed society of "scythes" responsible for dispensing death in a post-mortality future.

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The Bob Watson

by Greg Bardsley

A bored tech employee escapes work to woo the woman he desires, but unwittingly becomes the center of an absurd action-packed adventure.

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Media Heat

Thursday, December 1, 2016

KCRW's Bookworm: Peter Orner, author of Am I Alone Here?: Notes on Living to Read and Reading to Live (Catapult, $16.95, 9781936787258).

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Diane Rehm: Brian Fishman, author of The Master Plan: ISIS, al-Qaeda, and the Jihadi Strategy for Final Victory (Yale University Press, $30, 9780300221497).

Conan: Nick Offerman, author of Good Clean Fun: Misadventures in Sawdust at Offerman Woodshop (Dutton, $35, 9781101984659).

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Fresh Air: Cleve Jones, author of When We Rise: My Life in the Movement (Hachette Books, $27, 9780316315432).

Diane Rehm: Dinah Miller, co-author of Committed: The Battle over Involuntary Psychiatric Care (Johns Hopkins University Press, $22.95, 9781421420783).

Conan: Senator Bernie Sanders, author of Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In (Thomas Dunne, $27, 9781250132925).

Monday, November 28, 2016

Fresh Air: Carrie Fisher, author of The Princess Diarist (Blue Rider Press, $26, 9780399173592). She will also appear tomorrow on Ellen.

Diane Rehm: Haider Warraich, author of Modern Death: How Medicine Changed the End of Life (St. Martin's Press, $26.99, 9781250104588).

Daily Show: Ryan Speedo Green, the subject of Sing for Your Life: A Story of Race, Music, and Family by Daniel Bergner (Lee Boudreaux, $28, 9780316300674).

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Fresh Air: Trevor Noah, author of Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (Spiegel & Grau, $28, 9780399588174).

Tonight Show: Frank Pellegrino Jr., author of Rao's Classics: More Than 140 Italian Favorites from the Legendary New York Restaurant (St. Martin's Press, $35, 9781250006288).
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