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The Secret Language of Stones

by M.J. Rose

The year is 1918, and Parisian jeweler Opaline Duplessi spends most of her time crafting trench watches for soldiers. But many who visit the shop to see her come seeking her more specialized and uncanny talent. Part curse and part gift, inherited from her mother, she can deliver messages from the dead to the bereaved using an item belonging to the departed. At a time when news from the front is slow and inaccurate, this gift offers closure to the families and friends of missing soldiers. When one of the spirits

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Guilty Minds

by Joseph Finder

Joseph Finder's crackerjack thriller Guilty Minds captivates with the kind of adrenaline rush one would get in a racecar driven by an expert who knows how to maneuver sharp twists and turns for maximum excitement. The majority of Finder's 14 novels are standalones that feature ordinary men thrust into extraordinary (and life-threatening) circumstances--where they outsmart highly trained spies and killers. Guilty Minds marks the third appearance of former Special Forces soldier turned spy-for-hire Nick Heller

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Dr. Knox

by Peter Spiegelman

Dr. Adam Knox means well, but as the saying goes, the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. And the doctor is laying down his stepping-stones at a rapid rate. Knox runs a medical clinic in Los Angeles near Skid Row and lives in an apartment above it. Since his typical clientele isn't exactly leaving him flush with cash, he moonlights--with the help of his friend, former Special Forces agent Ben Sutter--taking hush-hush house calls from people who can't or won't publicly seek medical help. But these jobs

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White Bone

by Ridley Pearson

Ridley Pearson, prolific author of action/suspense novels, turns his skills to the distressing problem of elephant poaching in Kenya.

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Siracusa

by Delia Ephron

An intimate, suspenseful story of two American couples--whose marriages are in crisis--vacationing in Sicily.

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The Inseparables

by Stuart Nadler

Nadler's second novel traverses familial and generational divides as three women step in to brace each other through rocky patches.

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Little, Brown and Company: Paradise Lodge by Nina Stibbe

Media Heat

Thursday, July 21, 2016

KCRW's Bookworm: Vivian Gornick, author of The Odd Woman and the City: A Memoir (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $13, 9780374536152).

Nightly Show: Salman Rushdie, author of Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights: A Novel (Random House, $16, 9780812988208).

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The View: Julianne Moore, author of Freckleface Strawberry and the Really Big Voice (Doubleday, $16.99, 9780385392037).

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Diane Rehm: Delia Ephron, author of Siracusa (Blue Rider, $26, 9780399165214).

Today Show: David Boudia, co-author of Greater Than Gold: From Olympic Heartbreak to Ultimate Redemption (Thomas Nelson, $24.99, 9780718077419).

Thursday, July 14, 2016

KCRW's Bookworm: Geoff Dyer, author of White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World (Pantheon, $25, 9781101870853).

Diane Rehm: Robert P. Jones, author of The End of White Christian America (Simon & Schuster, $28, 9781501122293).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Gay Talese, author of The Voyeur's Motel (Grove Press, $25, 9780802125811).

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Fresh Air: Rachel Starnes, author of The War at Home: A Wife's Search for Peace (and Other Missions Impossible): A Memoir (Penguin Books, $16, 9780143108665).

Diane Rehm: Jules Feiffer, author of Cousin Joseph: A Graphic Novel (Liveright, $25.95, 9781631490651).
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