Starred Review

The Mothers

by Brit Bennett

At 21, Luke, his dreams of a football career ended since his leg was shattered, is the directionless son of the pastor at the Upper Room, the local church that is the center of the community. Aubrey, who turned her back on her family and found the Upper Room on television, is the straight-laced best friend of Nadia, who is ambitious, smart and beautiful. Nadia is in her last year of high school and dreaming of college, but is unmoored by her mother's recent suicide. When she takes up with Luke and becomes

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Tetris: The Games People Play

by Box Brown

Box Brown, author and illustrator of the graphic biography Andre the Giant: Life and Legend, turns his attention to the complicated history of one of the greatest video games ever made in Tetris: The Games People Play. Brown's cartoonish art style--distinctive in its eye-catching black-and-yellow color palette--allows him to break down into accessible pieces thorny topics such as game theory, the psychology of gaming, copyright law and the byzantine bureaucracy of the Soviet Union, Tetris's home

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Radiant Child: The True Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

by Javaka Steptoe

The story of New York City artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) is sure to inspire young artists to follow their passion and, perhaps, color outside the lines. Javaka Steptoe's (In Daddy's Arms I Am Tall) vibrant, gorgeous picture-book biography Radiant Child is a labor of love.

"Somewhere in Brooklyn, between hearts/ that thump, double Dutch, and hopscotch/ and salty mouths that slurp sweet ice,/ a little boy dreams of being a famous ARTIST." So begins this lyrical, crying-to-be-read-aloud narrative, illustrated

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The Red Car

by Marcy Dermansky

A New York writer with a memorable, saucy voice takes an unexpected journey through grief and confusion toward self-understanding and hope.

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by Daryl Seitchik

Exits is a coming-of-age tale about a young girl who navigates an adult world invisibly while wrestling with her insecurities.

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Media Heat

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Fresh Air: Richard L. Hasen, author of The Voting Wars: From Florida 2000 to the Next Election Meltdown (Yale University Press, $24, 9780300198249).

Conan: Wayne Gretzky, co-author of 99: Stories of the Game (Putnam, $28, 9780399575471).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Graydon Carter, editor of Vanity Fair's Writers on Writers (Penguin Books, $20, 9780143111764).

Monday, October 24, 2016

Diane Rehm: James Kitfield, author of Twilight Warriors: The Soldiers, Spies, and Special Agents Who Are Revolutionizing the American Way of War (Basic Books, $27.99, 9780465064700).

Conan: Deepak Chopra, co-author of Radical Beauty: How to Transform Yourself from the Inside Out (Harmony, $26.99, 9781101906019).

Thursday, October 20, 2016

KCRW's Bookworm: Nicholson Baker, author of Substitute: Going to School With a Thousand Kids (Blue Rider, $30, 9780399160981).

Diane Rehm: Gary Younge, author of Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives (Nation Books, $25.99, 9781568589756).

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Diane Rehm: Adam Gazzaley and Larry D. Rosen, authors of The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World (MIT Press, $27.95, 9780262034944).

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Fresh Air: Beth Macy, author of Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South (Little, Brown, $28, 9780316337540).

Diane Rehm: H.W. Brands, author of The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War (Doubleday, $30, 9780385540575).
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