Starred Review

The Last Days of Night

by Graham Moore

"On the day he would first meet Thomas Edison, Paul watched a man burn alive in the sky above Broadway."

With that opening line, Graham Moore (The Sherlockian) clearly establishes that The Last Days of Night, which details the protracted battles between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to electrify the United States in the late 19th century, is no dull scientific report.

Paul Cravath is a Columbia Law prodigy who became partner at a law firm at the age of 26. Problem is, he has no clients. Imagine his

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Now I Sit Me Down: From Klismos to Plastic Chair: A Natural History

by Witold Rybczynski

Like his reflections about the screw and screwdriver (One Good Turn) and meditations on building a house (The Most Beautiful House in the World), Witold Rybczynski's Now I Sit Me Down is as much a personal journey through the culture and art of chairs as it is about their history, design and manufacture. Both breezy and informative, the architecture professor takes readers along as he and his wife buy their first set of dining chairs, and serves as guide through short biographies of furniture heavyweights

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Hundred Percent

by Karen Romano Young

Jackie decides to rename her best friend. "Tink" (short for tiny Tinker Bell) no longer fits the tall sixth-grader who is, embarrassingly, "getting a figure." Two weeks into the school year, her classmates still aren't catching on to her new nickname, "Chris," short for her real name, Christine Bernadette Gouda. She may just be stuck with Tink--or her other nickname, "Hundred Percent"--which refers to the fat content of Gouda cheese.

Identity is serious business in sixth grade, and Karen Romano Young (Doodlebug

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Unscripted Joss Byrd

by Lygia Day Peñaflor

In this YA novel, Joss Byrd is America's darling, a child actress faced with the struggles of an industry that worships and abuses youth in equal measure.

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Repo Madness

by W. Bruce Cameron

Repo man Ruddy McCann accepted responsibility for a tragic accident years ago, but new evidence may prove he wasn't as guilty after all.

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Quit Calling Me a Monster

by Jory John, illus. by Bob Shea

In Jory John and Bob Shea's picture book, a horned, fanged, purple-furred creature named Floyd Peterson is upset that people keep calling him a monster.

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Media Heat

Thursday, August 25, 2016

KCRW's Bookworm: Joe McGinniss Jr., author of Carousel Court: A Novel (Simon & Schuster, $26, 9781476791272).

Conan: Jeffrey Toobin, author of American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst (Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385536714).

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Fresh Air: Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher, authors of Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power (Scribner, $28, 9781501155772).

Monday, August 22, 2016

Fresh Air: Gretchen Bakke, author of The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future (Bloomsbury, $27, 9781608196104).

Diane Rehm: Nicholas Dodman, author of Pets on the Couch: Neurotic Dogs, Compulsive Cats, Anxious Birds, and the New Science of Animal Psychiatry (Atria, $26, 9781476749020).

NPR's All Things Considered: Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher, authors of Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power (Scribner, $28, 9781501155772).

Thursday, August 18, 2016

KCRW's Bookworm: Tom McCarthy, author of Satin Island (Vintage, $15, 9780307739629).

Fresh Air: Ed Yong, author of I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life (Ecco, $27.99, 9780062368591).

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Fresh Air: J.D. Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis (Harper, $27.99, 9780062300546).

Diane Rehm: Andrew Schulman, author of Waking the Spirit: A Musician's Journey Healing Body, Mind, and Soul (Picador, $25, 9781250055774) and John Powell, author of Why You Love Music: From Mozart to Metallica--The Emotional Power of Beautiful Sounds (Little, Brown, $26, 9780316260657).
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