Starred Review

The Break

by Katherena Vermette

The Break begins with Stella, a Métis mother, calling to report a rape she witnessed on an isolated strip of land in Winnipeg's North End. In the ensuing detective story, two police officers set about discovering who is the victim and who is the attacker. But the deeper they get, the more difficult this differentiation becomes. The narrative interweaves the perspectives of nine women and one man connected to the crime and, in doing so, reveals the tapestry of sexual violence that threads together time,

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No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria

by Rania Abouzeid

In 2011, award-winning journalist Rania Abouzeid was blacklisted by the Syrian regime, designated a spy and banned from entering the country. She continued to enter Syria illegally, aided by her fluency in Arabic and her ability to blend into crowds. No Turning Back is an account of her six years following civilians, soldiers, gun runners, children, a doctor, a cleric, poets, prisoners and activists as their country devolved into a bitter civil war.

She describes Syria as a state "built on silence,

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The Night Diary

by Veera Hiranandani

Veera Hiranandani, a South Asian Book Award Finalist for her The Whole Story of Half a Girl, partially based The Night Diary on her own Hindu father's family's experience during the "largest mass migration in history."

Nisha and Amil, her 12-year-old fraternal twin, are caught up in the Partition of India (creating the countries of India and Pakistan) in August 1947. But Nisha's story is more complicated than the Hiranandanis'. Her Muslim mother and Hindu father married against tradition. Mama gave birth to

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Trampoline Boy

by Nan Forler, illus. by Marion Arbona

The titular Trampoline Boy watches changing perspectives as he bounces ever higher, but pauses long enough to learn lessons on the ground when he takes a new friend on his sky-high adventures.

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The Beauty That Remains

by Ashley Woodfolk

Three teens experience heartbreaking losses, but as their circle of music-loving friends tightens around them, they begin to find a way back to all the beauty that still remains.

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Media Heat

Thursday, March 15, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: Ann Beattie and Richard Bausch discuss Peter Taylor: The Complete Stories (Library of America, $75, 9781598535419).

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Conan: Sebastian Maniscalco, author of Stay Hungry (Gallery, $25, 9781501115974).

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Fresh Air: Michael Isikoff and David Corn, authors of Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump (Twelve, $30, 9781538728758).

Conan: Robert B. Reich, author of The Common Good (Knopf, $22.95, 9780525520498).

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Jimmy O. Yang, author of How to American: An Immigrant's Guide to Disappointing Your Parents (Da Capo, $27, 9780306903496).

Monday, March 12, 2018

Fresh Air: Rania Abouzeid, author of No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria (Norton, $26.95, 9780393609493).

Daily Show: Junot Díaz, author of Islandborn (Dial Books, $17.99, 9780735229860).
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