Starred Review

Sonora

by Hannah Lillith Assadi

Hannah Lillith Assadi's Sonora is a beautiful desert wind of a novel--wild, plangent and revealing. In the suburbs of Phoenix, Ariz., and later in the bohemian subculture of New York City, Ahlam, the daughter of a Jewish mother and Palestinian father, narrates her struggle to belong in a postmodern U.S.

Fans of Denis Johnson will find in Assadi a similarly edgy and visionary writer. Her hallucinatory prose evokes Arizona's harsh beauty, its legends of ancient treasures and alien spaceships, and the way endless

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In-Between Days: A Memoir About Living with Cancer

by Teva Harrison

In 2013, 37-year-old Canadian artist Teva Harrison was diagnosed with stage four metastatic breast cancer that had also spread to her lymph nodes and bones. Her eloquent, moving and inspiring graphic memoir, In-Between Days, offers her space to sort through her past and come to grips with the realities of her present and future. "Living with metastatic cancer is like a game of Whac-a-Mole," Harrison writes. "There's no point trying to cut it out, because it will just keep popping up somewhere else." 

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Defy the Stars

by Claudia Gray

Seventeen-year-old Noemi is a fighter pilot for the planet Genesis in its war against the Earth. When she stumbles on Abel, the most sophisticated mech (robot) ever built, she realizes that she can use him in a suicide mission that will keep Genesis safe for decades. Abel has been alone since he was abandoned in battle 30 years ago. His sophisticated programming allows him to dream, want and develop complex emotions. But Abel's hard-wiring forces him to obey Noemi even though he knows she will end the life

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Waking Gods

by Sylvain Neuvel

Nearly a decade after the events in Sleeping Giants, the pilots of giant alien robot Themis spring back into action when a new alien-piloted robot lands in London.

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Opposite Surprise

by Agnese Baruzzi

This bright, cheerful board book will surprise young readers with fold-out illustrations that are the opposite of what they first seemed.

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St. Martin's Press: No Easy Target by Iris Johansen

Media Heat

Thursday, April 20, 2017

KCRW's Bookworm: Talamantez Brolaski, author of Of Mongrelitude (Wave Books, $18, 9781940696447).

NPR's Indivisible: Amy Goldstein, author of Janesville: An American Story (Simon & Schuster, $27, 9781501102233).

The View: Matthew Dowd, author of A New Way: Embracing the Paradox as We Lead and Serve (Anam Cara, $14.95, 9781544500324).

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Fresh Air: Kory Stamper, author of Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries (Pantheon, $26.95, 9781101870945).

Marketplace: Amy Goldstein, author of Janesville: An American Story (Simon & Schuster, $27, 9781501102233).

The View: Senator Elizabeth Warren, author of This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America's Middle Class (Metropolitan Books, $28, 9781250120618).

Also on the View: Julian Lennon, co-author of Touch the Earth (Sky Pony Press, $17.99, 9781510720831).

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Alec Baldwin, author of Nevertheless: A Memoir (Harper, $28.99, 9780062409706).

Tonight Show: Senator Elizabeth Warren, author of This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America's Middle Class (Metropolitan Books, $28, 9781250120618).

Monday, April 17, 2017

Fresh Air: David Grann, author of Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI (Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385534246).

CBS This Morning: David McCullough, author of The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For (Simon & Schuster, $25, 9781501174216).

Thursday, April 13, 2017

KCRW's Bookworm: Elif Batuman, author of The Idiot (Penguin Press, $27, 9781594205613).

Fresh Air: David Owen, author of Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River (Riverhead Books, $28, 9781594633775).
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