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Dating Tips for the Unemployed

by Iris Smyles

Crafty comic writer Iris Smyles continues to follow the life of her fictional antihero, Iris, in Dating Tips for the Unemployed. In Smyles's first novel, Iris Has Free Time, Iris was a young, single New Yorker grappling with life after college and the pitfalls of young adulthood. In the new novel, Iris is now 35 and still single. Though she's grown older, she continues to struggle with hard-won wisdom as she resumes her witty, self-deprecating and often self-defeating search for a place in the world.

This time

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A Certain Age

by Beatriz Williams

In certain glittering circles of Jazz Age society in New York, a little discreet philandering is not only encouraged, but condoned. After meeting Octavian Rofrano, a stoic young World War I pilot, society matron Theresa Marshall has embarked on her first extramarital affair. Though the Boy, as she calls him, wants to marry her, Theresa is unwilling to divorce her husband and give up her lavish lifestyle. But things change when Theresa's brother, Jay, enlists the Boy to perform an old family tradition: presenting

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The Thinking Book

by Sandol Stoddard Warburg, illus. by Ivan Chermayeff

Kids who are as slow as "a handful of honey" just when they most need to hurry up aren't trying to be contrary. They are thinking.

The Thinking Book, first published in 1960, brilliantly champions daydreaming. Though no people are pictured, an adult is trying to rush a child through the day's task of getting ready, and the dreamy child is mightily distracted. When the adult says, "Put on that shirt, the yellow one," the child's inner voice is, "thinking/ I was thinking/ of all the pieces of dust that float/

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The Wolf's Boy

by Susan Williams Beckhorn

As a "cursed" member of his Stone Age community, a disabled boy named Kai must survive the wilderness alone with his adopted wolf pup.

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In the Darkroom

by Susan Faludi

In this revealing memoir, Susan Faludi considers questions of gender and national identity when reacquainted with her estranged transgender father.

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Media Heat

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Fresh Air: Donald G. McNeil, Jr., author of Zika: The Emerging Epidemic (Norton, $14.95, 9780393353969).

Daily Show: Calvin Trillin, author of Jackson, 1964: And Other Dispatches from Fifty Years of Reporting on Race in America (Random House, $27, 9780399588242).

Monday, June 27, 2016

Fresh Air: Barbara Cook, co-author of Then and Now: A Memoir (Harper, $28.99, 9780062090461).

Diane Rehm: Jeffrey Rosen, author of Louis D. Brandeis: American Prophet (Yale University Press, $25, 9780300158670).

Thursday, June 23, 2016

KCRW's Bookworm: Joyce Carol Oates, author of The Man Without a Shadow: A Novel (Ecco, $27.99, 9780062416094).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Neil Gaiman, author of The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction (Morrow, $26.99, 9780062262264).

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Tavis Smiley: Yaa Gyasi, author of Homegoing: A Novel (Knopf, $26.95, 9781101947135).

Fresh Air
: Wendy Warren, author of New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America (Liveright, $29.95, 9780871406729).

CBS This Morning: Angela Duckworth, author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance (Scribner, $28, 9781501111105).

Daily Show: Tavis Smiley, co-author of Before You Judge Me: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson's Last Days (Little, Brown, $27, 9780316259095).

Monday, June 20, 2016

Fresh Air: Jonathan Balcombe, author of What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins (Scientific American/Farrar, Straus & Giroux).

Diane Rehm: Arun Sundararajan, author of The Sharing Economy: The End of Employment and the Rise of Crowd-Based Capitalism (MIT Press, $26.95, 9780262034579).

CBS This Morning: Elin Hilderbrand, author of Here's to Us (Little, Brown, $28, 9780316375146).

Tavis Smiley: D.L. Hughley, author of Black Man, White House: An Oral History of the Obama Years (Morrow, $27.99, 9780062399793).
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