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The Promise of Jesse Woods

by Chris Fabry

In The Promise of Jesse Woods, a soul-searching novel of faith, friendship and promises, Chris Fabry (War Room) invigorates the small-town lives of three teens in 1970s West Virginia with his exquisite, lyrical writing. Matt Plumley turns 14 shortly after moving to Dogwood, where his father is taking over the parsonage of the local Baptist church. The overweight boy finds acceptance in two of the town's outcasts--Dickie, a mixed-race boy, and Jesse, a dirt-poor tomboy. Despite his parents' objections, Matt

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The Muse

by Jessie Burton

Jessie Burton spins a 20th-century art mystery, set against 1960s London and the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s, in The Muse. Young aspiring writer Odelle Bastien, working as a London salesgirl, sees her fortunes change when the mysterious Marjorie Quick offers her a job at the prestigious Skelton Institute of Art, where she comes to discover a potentially valuable painting. The director of the Skelton, Edmund Reede, believes it to be the work of Spanish artist Isaac Robles, who painted a handful of memorable

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by Martin Stewart

A Riverkeep's job is to clear debris from the river and light oil lanterns to heat the water and prevent it from icing over. He rescues the living who fall into its depths, and retrieves the dead. All his life, Wulliam Fobisher has reluctantly trained to become the new Riverkeep of Scotland's Danék River on his 16th birthday. Mere days before he comes of age, Wull helps his strong, capable Pappa retrieve a dead body that, when Pappa gripped it, "hugged back." After this bizarre attack, Wull's father

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You Will Know Me

by Megan Abbott

Envy, resentment and fragility surface in an ordinary family and small community obsessed with an extraordinary young athlete.

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My Name Is Leon

by Kit De Waal

A nine-year-old boy navigates life without his infant brother when a callous system allows one to be adopted without the other.

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Multiple Choice

by Alejandro Zambra, trans. by Megan McDowell

A Chilean novelist infuses the format of a standardized test with: (a) playfulness, (b) sadness, (c) frustration, (d) political commentary and (e) a great story.

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by Duane Swierczynski

The family of a gunned-down police officer still grapples with the repercussions of his death 50 years later.

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Media Heat

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Fresh Air: Gabriel Sherman, author of The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News--and Divided a Country (Random House, $28, 9780812992854).

Diane Rehm: Matthew Dallek, author of Defenseless Under the Night: The Roosevelt Years and the Origins of Homeland Security (Oxford University Press, $29.95, 9780199743124).

Thursday, July 21, 2016

KCRW's Bookworm: Vivian Gornick, author of The Odd Woman and the City: A Memoir (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $13, 9780374536152).

Nightly Show: Salman Rushdie, author of Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights: A Novel (Random House, $16, 9780812988208).

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The View: Julianne Moore, author of Freckleface Strawberry and the Really Big Voice (Doubleday, $16.99, 9780385392037).

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Diane Rehm: Delia Ephron, author of Siracusa (Blue Rider, $26, 9780399165214).

Today Show: David Boudia, co-author of Greater Than Gold: From Olympic Heartbreak to Ultimate Redemption (Thomas Nelson, $24.99, 9780718077419).

Thursday, July 14, 2016

KCRW's Bookworm: Geoff Dyer, author of White Sands: Experiences from the Outside World (Pantheon, $25, 9781101870853).

Diane Rehm: Robert P. Jones, author of The End of White Christian America (Simon & Schuster, $28, 9781501122293).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Gay Talese, author of The Voyeur's Motel (Grove Press, $25, 9780802125811).
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