Starred Review

In the Country: Stories

by Mia Alvar

It's a rare book that can transport the reader so wondrously between such disparate places--a Manhattan office tower and a Manila shack, an American bedroom and a Bahrain dinner party. Mia Alvar's debut story collection, In the Country, boasts such magic in a wholly immersive chronicle of immigrant and émigré experiences from Southeast Asia to upper-crust Boston. In these captivating, tightly hewn pieces, which occasionally share references with one another, Alvar carves herself a niche as a

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Twisted: My Dreadlock Chronicles

by Bert Ashe

Twisted is part memoir, part history and part cultural critique. Bert Ashe (From Within the Frame), associate professor of English at the University of Richmond in Virginia, takes readers on a personal journey through his desire to grow dreadlocks, while investigating what they mean in American culture. Ashe focused on dreads for reasons that would take him decades to understand fully, but he feared that he would undermine the power of this distinct hairstyle. Would he be able to keep its "expansive, multilevel

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The House that Jane Built

by Tanya Lee Stone, illus. by Kathryn Brown

In this inspiring picture book biography, Tanya Lee Stone (Courage Has No Color) traces the making of an American hero, from her innate wish for justice as a child to her role in its fulfillment as an adult.

At six, Jane Addams realized that "not everyone lived like her family did" and vowed to "find a way to fix the world." During a trip to Europe as a young woman, she visited London's Toynbee Hall, the first settlement house, where well-off people lived alongside the less affluent. She became determined to

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The Cartel

by Don Winslow

Don Winslow's sequel to The Power of the Dog details the corrupting influence of power and the cat-and-mouse dance between the law and a master criminal.

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Marry, Kiss, Kill

by Anne Flett-Giordano

There's mile-a-minute banter between police detectives Nola and Tony as they attempt to catch a killer in sunny Santa Barbara.

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The Cost of Courage

by Charles Kaiser

The suspenseful story of three members of the French Resistance who did everything possible to obstruct the Germans while they occupied Paris.

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Media Heat

Thursday, July 2, 2015

On KCRW's Bookworm: Vendela Vida, author of The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty (Ecco, $25.99, 9780062110916).

On Diane Rehm: Kathleen DuVal, author of Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution (Random House, $28, 9781400068951).

On the Daily Show: Sarah Vowell, author of Lafayette in the Somewhat United States (Riverhead, $27.95, 9781594631740).

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

On the Daily Show: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, author of Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World (Ballantine, $26, 9780804179072).

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

On Fresh Air: Vendela Vida, author of The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty: A Novel (Ecco, $25.99, 9780062110916).

Monday, June 29, 2015

On Fresh Air: Mat Johnson, author of Loving Day: A Novel (Spiegel & Grau, $26, 9780812993455).

Thursday, June 25, 2015

On KCRW's Bookworm: Aleksandar Hemon, author of The Making of Zombie Wars: A Novel (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $26, 9780374203412).
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