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The Mystical Backpacker: How to Discover Your Destiny in the Modern World

by Hannah Papp

Tips and techniques on how to set out on a soul-awakening adventure.

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Luckiest Girl Alive

by Jessica Knoll

A successful magazine editor confronts her dark past, which could change the present.

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Miss Hazeltine's Home for Shy and Fearful Cats

by Alicia Potter, illus. by Birgitta Sif

An engaging picture book that reminds us we can all find courage when we need it.

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by Dan Pope

Steady prose and rich characters bring new life to the familiar story of a suburban family unraveling.

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Dispatches from Dystopia: Histories of Places Not Yet Forgotten

by Kate Brown

Detailed, first-person reporting on the lingering impacts of war and movements that continue subtly to affect Western society.

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The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger's Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare's First Folio

by Andrea Mays

The intriguing story of a book, the man who wrote it, the eccentric millionaire who coveted it and the library he built to house it.

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The Last Four Days of Paddy Buckley

by Jeremy Massey

A hilarious romp through Dublin as an undertaker's ordinary life is suddenly turned into a bizarre comedy of errors.

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I Don't Like Koala

by Sean Ferrell, illus. by Charles Santoso

A clever picture book that walks the line between humor and horror for a child afraid of his creepy toy koala.

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The Golden Age of Murder: The Mystery of the Writers Who Invented the Modern Detective Story

by Martin Edwards

A fascinating, witty account of the Detection Club of mystery novelists in London and its members' powerful influence on detective fiction.

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The Brontë Cabinet: Three Lives in Nine Objects

by Deborah Lutz

The world of the Brontë sisters as illuminated by some of their personal possessions.

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Media Heat

Thursday, May 21, 2015

On Diane Rehm: Steve Inskeep, author of Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab (Penguin Press, $29.95, 9781594205569).

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

On Diane Rehm: Clare B. Dunkle and Elena Dunkle, authors of Elena Vanishing: A Memoir (Chronicle, $17.99, 9781452121512).

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

On Diane Rehm: Helen Castor, author of Joan of Arc: A History (Harper, $27.99, 9780062384393).

Monday, May 18, 2015

On Fresh Air: Martin Ford, author of Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future (Basic, $28.99, 9780465059997).

On Diane Rehm: Jeffrey Brown, author of The News: Poems (Copper Canyon Press, $16, 9781556594809).

Thursday, May 14, 2015

On KCRW's Bookworm: Thomas McGuane, author of Crow Fair: Stories (Knopf, $25.95, 9780385350198).

On Diane Rehm: James McPherson, author of The War That Forged a Nation: Why the Civil War Still Matters (Oxford University Press, $27.95, 9780199375776).

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