Starred Review

The Map of Salt and Stars

by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar

Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar weaves a stunning dual narrative about families, crossing borders and finding a new way home in her debut novel, The Map of Salt and Stars. After her father's death, 12-year-old Nour has returned to Syria from New York City with her widowed mother and sisters. Mama, who paints and sells elaborate maps for a living, is convinced the move was the right decision, but Nour feels lost without Baba and his stories. When the family's home and neighborhood are bombed, they become refugees,

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Best Before: The Evolution and Future of Processed Food

by Nicola Temple

In Best Before: The Evolution and Future of Processed Food, biologist, conservationist and translator Nicola Temple (Sorting the Beef from the Bull) sketches the progression of modern processed foods in everyday terms for everyday readers.

She moves from food fraud to faux food, but immediately dispels any assumptions that all processed food is bad. She explains that "food processing is any action, chemical or mechanical, that is done to food in order to change it or preserve it." So, jam counts as processed

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The Boy, the Bird, and the Coffin Maker

by Matilda Woods, illus. by Anuska Allepuz

Allora is a town where "fish jump out of the sea and straight into your mouth." A town where "you never get cold because even in winter the sun keeps the snow away." And, best of all, Allora is a town "so far away from everything else," he will never find them again.

Sadly for the boy and "his little bird and only friend," his mum's stories about Allora are exaggerations. One year after their arrival, his mother has died, and young Tito Bonito is cold, hungry and stealing food from kindly coffin maker Alberto.

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by Kristen Lepionka

In this nuanced noir, stubborn private investigator Roxane Weary keeps digging into a case, even after the murder of the woman she was hired to follow.

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Rail

by Kai Carlson-Wee

In a striking collection of kindred narrative poems, Carlson-Wee captures the freedom, hardship and serendipity of life on the road.

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St. Martin's Press: Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts

Media Heat

Thursday, May 24, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: Shauna Barbosa, author of Cape Verdean Blues (University of Pittsburgh Press, $15.95, 9780990903598).

Fresh Air: the first part of a two-part retrospective devoted to the late Philip Roth, who appeared on the show several times.

The View: Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, authors of The Confidence Code for Girls: Taking Risks, Messing Up, and Becoming Your Amazingly Imperfect, Totally Powerful Self (HarperCollins, $14.99, 9780062796981).

Conan: James Comey, author of A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership (Flatiron, $29.99, 9781250192455).

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Fresh Air: Ronan Farrow, author of War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence (Norton, $27.95, 9780393652109).

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Fresh Air: Angela Garbes, author of Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy (Harper Wave, $24.99, 9780062662941).

CBS This Morning: Stephen King, author of The Outsider: A Novel (Scribner, $30, 9781501180989).

The View: James R. Clapper, author of Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence (Viking, $30, 9780525558644).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Jeffrey Morgenthaler, author of Drinking Distilled: A User's Manual (Ten Speed Press, $16.99, 9780399580550).

Thursday, May 17, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: Joyce Carol Oates, author of A Book of American Martyrs: A Novel (Ecco, $19.99, 9780062643056).

Thursday, May 10, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: Leslie Jamison, author of The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath (Little, Brown, $30, 9780316259613).

CBS This Morning: Phil Knight, author of Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike (Scribner, $20, 9781501135927).
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