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I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death

by Maggie O'Farrell

If you need a frank reminder of life's sometimes terrifying fortuity, look no further than Maggie O'Farrell's chill-inducing memoir, I Am, I Am, I Am. As its subtitle suggests, the 17 essays that compose the book recount in precise, unwavering prose the too-close encounters with death O'Farrell and her loved ones have experienced in her 45 years. Whether it's an ominous exchange with a man who might be sizing her up as a murder victim or the lifelong effects of a debilitating illness, O'Farrell's brisk

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Feel Free: Essays

by Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith (Swing Time) claims to be a little anxious about whether she is making a fool of herself. "I have no real qualifications to write as I do. Not a philosopher or sociologist, not a real professor of literature or film, not a political scientist, professional music critic or trained journalist... no MFA... no PhD." It doesn't matter. Her own well-educated and sensitive responses to whatever she observes are enough.

She has an open curiosity about so many things, and writes like a charming and brilliant

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Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners

by Naomi Shihab Nye

"In our time/ voices cross the sea/ easily/ but sense is still difficult to come by."

In the introduction to her poetry collection Voices in the Air, poet, essayist, anthologist and novelist Naomi Shihab Nye wonders, "[W]as life always strange--just strange in different ways? Does speaking some of the strangeness help us survive it, even if we can't solve or change it?" Each reader will have to answer that question for her or himself, but Nye's nearly 100 poems will certainly help all of us survive the strangeness

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Call Me Zebra

by Azareen Van Der Vliet Oloomi

With a healthy dose of literary allusions and excerpts, Call Me Zebra is a vibrant novel of a young woman's odyssey into her family's legacy of exile and erudition.

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The Last Wolf

by Maria Vale

In her first novel, Maria Vale offers a fresh and engrossing take on werewolf romance featuring a new breed that regards itself as more wolf than human.

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Lion Forge: Black Comix Returns by John Jennings and Damian Duffy

Media Heat

Thursday, February 15, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: Víctor Terán and David Shook, editors of Like A New Sun: New Indigenous Mexican Poetry (Phoneme Media, $24, 9781939419262).

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Fresh Air: Finn Murphy, author of The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road (Norton, $26.95, 9780393608717).

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Fresh Air: Joshua Green, author of Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Nationalist Uprising (Penguin Books, $17, 9780735225046).

Monday, February 12, 2018

Fresh Air: Kate Bowler, author of Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved (Random House, $26, 9780399592065).

Thursday, February 8, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: Matthew McIntosh, author of theMystery.doc (Grove Press, $35, 9780802124913).

NPR's On Point: F. Diane Barth, author of I Know How You Feel: The Joy and Heartbreak of Friendship in Women's Lives (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27, 9780544870277).
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