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Last Bus to Wisdom

by Ivan Doig

Reading Ivan Doig's final novel means accepting that he passed away in April 2015. But the story he left sparkles with typical Doigian language and humor, as Donal Cameron, 11-year-old, red-haired, word-loving Montanan, reluctantly sets off on a summertime adventure in Last Bus to Wisdom.

The adult Donal narrates his summer of 1951, but it's his boy's voice we hear. Donny begs to stay on the Double W, where Gram cooks while he roams the ranch, but Gram is sending him to her sister while she's laid up after

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by Kelley Armstrong

Kelley Armstrong (Visions) returns to Cainsville, Ill., for more mayhem and magic as her series continues to shift toward a more traditional urban fantasy than apparent in the beginning.

In the previous installments, Olivia Taylor Jones--born Eden Larsen--learned her biological parents are incarcerated serial killers, the town of Cainsville is host to two fae factions, and she has nascent supernatural powers because of a blood connection to them. Now living in Chicago and researching her parents' case with

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Mango, Abuela, and Me

by Meg Medina, illus. by Angela Dominguez

Meg Medina's (Tía Isa Wants a Car) elegantly crafted picture book traces young Mia's desire to communicate with her Spanish-speaking grandmother, and her perseverance in surmounting their language barrier.

Angela Dominguez's (Maria Had a Little Llama) warm, emotionally understated artwork fills in the parts of the story that go unsaid. Abuela's expression reflects her sorrow at leaving "her sunny house that rested between two snaking rivers," where parrots nested in mango trees, and where her husband

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Monday, August 31, 2015

On Diane Rehm: Leslie Michelson, author of The Patient's Playbook: How to Save Your Life and the Lives of Those You Love (Knopf, $24.95, 9780385352284).

Thursday, August 27, 2015

On Diane Rehm: Gary Rivlin, author of Katrina: After the Flood (Simon & Schuster, $27, 9781451692228).

On KCRW's Bookworm: Allison Green, author of The Ghosts Who Travel with Me: A Literary Pilgrimage Through Brautigan's America (Ooligan Press, $15.95, 9781932010770).

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

On Diane Rehm: readers review Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (Harper, $27.99, 9780062409850).

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

On a repeat of Fresh Air: Richard Price, writing as Harry Brandt, author of The Whites (Holt, $28, 9780805093995).

Monday, August 24, 2015

On a repeat of Fresh Air: Toni Morrison, author of God Help the Child: A Novel (Knopf, $24.95, 9780307594174).
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