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Erratic Facts

by Kay Ryan

Two-term United States Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner (The Best of It, 2010), Kay Ryan of Northern California has won nearly every poetry prize existent. Her poems are famously short, and those in her collection Erratic Facts are no exception. Like championship banners hanging from the rafters of storied basketball arenas, they are tight vertical ribbons of two- to four-word lines. They're deceptively easy to scan, but not so easy to digest. A metaphor here, a colloquialism turned on its

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Changing the Subject: Art and Attention in the Internet Age

by Sven Birkerts

When it comes to the debate over the digital world's effect on our habits of thought and our engagement with the written word, AGNI editor Sven Birkerts is no newcomer to the conversation. In 1994's The Gutenberg Elegies, he identified a cluster of unsettling trends that have only intensified since that time. Changing the Subject: Art and Attention in the Internet Age can be viewed as a companion work, one that's no more sanguine than its predecessor about the survival of traditional

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Orbiting Jupiter

by Gary D. Schmidt

Gary D. Schmidt, two-time Newbery Honor winner (Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy; The Wednesday Wars), tells the terrific, gut-punching story of a 14-year-old boy who is the father of a child he's never seen... a baby named Jupiter.

Teenager Joseph Brook is delivered by the State of Maine to the Hurds' farm under strained circumstances. The social worker warns the Hurds that Joseph won't be touched, won't eat canned peaches and, by the way, has a baby somewhere, but the eager foster family is undaunted.

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Six of Crows

by Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo's companion to the Grisha trilogy features a crew of strangely appealing underworld criminals who risk everything for money, love, revenge and survival.

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Killing Titan

by Greg Bear

Greg Bear's latest military science fiction novel explores a deep alien mystery in the solar system through the eyes of the front line grunts who discovered it.

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Media Heat

Thursday, October 8, 2015

On KCRW's Bookworm: Jonathan Franzen, author of Purity: A Novel (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $28, 9780374239213).

On Fresh Air: Andy Goldsworthy, author of Andy Goldsworthy: Ephemeral Works: 2004-2014 (Abrams, $85, 9781419717796).

On Diane Rehm: Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of Between the World and Me (Spiegel & Grau, $24, 9780812993547).

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

On NPR's On Point: Vicki Abeles, author of Beyond Measure: Rescuing an Overscheduled, Overtested, Underestimated Generation (Simon & Schuster, $26, 9781451699234).

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

On Fresh Air: Michael Solomonov, author with Steven Cook of Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $35, 9780544373280).

On Diane Rehm: Ben Bernanke, author of The Courage to Act: A Memoir of a Crisis and Its Aftermath (Norton, $35, 9780393247213).

Monday, October 5, 2015

On Diane Rehm: Geraldine Brooks, author of The Secret Chord: A Novel (Viking, $27.95, 9780670025770).

On NPR's On Point: Sara Bareilles, author of Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song (Simon & Schuster, $28, 9781476727776).

Thursday, October 1, 2015

On KCRW's Bookworm: Dale Jamieson and Bonnie Nadzam, authors of Love in the Anthropocene (OR Books, 9781939293909).

On Fresh Air: D. Watkins, author of The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black in America (Hot Books, $21.99, 9781510703353).

On Diane Rehm: Steven Lee Myers, author of The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin (Knopf, $32.50, 9780307961617).
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