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The Forgetting Tree: A Rememory

by Rae Paris

Flavored with both vulnerable hesitation and uncompromising resolution, poet and essayist Rae Paris's debut, The Forgetting Tree, is the memoir of a young black woman's search to understand her personal and racial past. In a journey of backwards migration, Paris leaves her past in the Los Angeles streets south of Compton on a road trip into her family's roots in New Orleans. From there she crisscrosses the South to uncover the raw truth of slavery, segregation and racism at former plantations, cemeteries,

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A New Map of Wonders: A Journey in Search of Modern Marvels

by Caspar Henderson

A New Map of Wonders: A Journey in Search of Modern Marvels is a wide-ranging, almost impossibly learned investigation into wonder, "both the things we wonder at and the nature of wonder itself." As a follow-up to The Book of Barely Imagined Beings, Caspar Henderson has set himself an ambitious task with broad parameters, one that incorporates science, philosophy, art criticism and more to examine one of the most fundamental human experiences. A New Map of Wonders is a reminder of the many ways advances in

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Thunderhead

by Neal Shusterman

Readers are thrown back into the postmortal world of Neal Shusterman's Scythe in this high-speed sequel.

Citra Terranova has finished her scythe training and is now a junior scythe known as Scythe Anastasia. Rowan Damisch, who had been pitted against Citra for the scythe position, is on the run. Calling himself Scythe Lucifer, he has illegally taken on the duties of a scythe and gleans scythes who abuse their power and status. While the scythedom "had, for... many years, administered the quietus of death with

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Dandelions

by Yasunari Kawabata, trans. by Michael Emmerich

Nobel Laureate Yasunari Kawabata's unfinished novel ruminates on the beauty and sadness of human love.

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They Know Not What They Do

by Jussi Valtonen, trans. by Kristian London

Jussi Valtonen delivers a heart-pounding thriller about a neurosurgeon in Baltimore, his abandoned Finnish family and the unnerving speed of technological innovation.

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Meet Cute

by Jennifer L. Armentrout

A diverse cast of couples meet for the first time in this anthology of romantic short stories from 14 beloved YA authors.

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Beau Death

by Peter Lovesey

A complicated mystery that may involve the final resting place of Beau Nash, a famous 18th-century dandy.

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Harlequin Teen: Zenith (Androma Saga #1) by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings

Media Heat

Thursday, January 11, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: Chris Kraus, author of After Kathy Acker: A Literary Biography (Semiotext(e), $24.95, 9781635900064).

Daily Show: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, co-author of Becoming Kareem: Growing Up on and off the Court (Little, Brown, $17.99, 9780316555388).

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Opposition with Jordan Klepper: Brian Klaas, co-author of The Despot's Apprentice: Donald Trump's Attack on Democracy (Hot Books, $18.99, 9781510735859).

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Fresh Air: Patrice Banks, author of Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide (Touchstone, $25, 9781501144110).

Monday, January 8, 2018

Daily Show: Ashley Graham, co-author of A New Model: What Confidence, Beauty, and Power Really Look Like (Dey Street, $15.99, 9780062667953).

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Michael Wolff, author of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House (Holt, $30, 9781250158062).

Thursday, January 4, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: Joe Hagan, author of Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine (Knopf, $29.95, 9781101874370).

The Opposition with Jordan Klepper: David Miliband, author of Rescue: Refugees and the Political Crisis of Our Time (Simon & Schuster/TED, $16.99, 9781501154393).
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