Starred Review

The City of Brass

by S.A. Chakraborty

S.A. Chakraborty enters the fantasy genre with a captivating series opener set in a magical realm peopled by djinn, marids and other creatures from Middle Eastern mythology.

On the streets of 18th-century Cairo, Nahri lives by her wits, reading palms and performing exorcisms for the gullible and desperate. Though drawn to healing, Nahri has no access to training and cannot read, so she peddles magic she doesn't even believe exists. Called upon to exorcise a demon from a young girl, Nahri's nonsense ritual produces

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Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race

by Reni Eddo-Lodge

In 2014, journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote a widely shared blog post expressing her frustration with the inability of most white people to listen to what people of color, like herself, have to say about racism. Since that post, paradoxically, "I now spend most of my time talking to white people about race." She wrote this book out of "five years of agitation, frustration, exhausting explanations, and paragraph-long Facebook comments" in order to continue the conversation.

Eddo-Lodge is British, and speaks from

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Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

by Vashti Harrison

Originally begun as a social media project during Black History Month, Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History highlights courageous African American women who broke new ground by following their dreams--women who persevered, didn't listen to "no" and found success despite overwhelming odds. Bessie Coleman was denied entry to "every aviation school in America," so she moved to France and "became the first African American woman in the world to receive her pilot's license." Phillis Wheatley was "the first

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Media Heat

Monday, December 11, 2017

Daily Show: Pete Souza, author of Obama: An Intimate Portrait (Little, Brown, $50, 9780316512589).

Thursday, December 7, 2017

KCRW's Bookworm: Charmaine Craig, author of Miss Burma (Grove Press, $26, 9780802126450).

Daily Show: Tiffany Haddish, author of The Last Black Unicorn (Gallery, $26, 9781501181825).

The Opposition with Jordan Klepper: Scott Kelly, author of Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery (Knopf, $29.95, 9781524731595).

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: John Hodgman, author of Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches (Viking, $25, 9780735224803).

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Conan: Denis Leary, author of Why We Don't Suck: And How All of Us Need to Stop Being Such Partisan Little Bitches (Crown Archetype, $27, 9781524762735).

The Opposition with Jordan Klepper: Jennifer Egan, author of Manhattan Beach: A Novel (Scribner, $28, 9781476716732).

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Fresh Air: Cullen Murphy, author of Cartoon County: My Father and His Friends in the Golden Age of Make-Believe (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $27, 9780374298555).

CBS This Morning: Stanley Bing, author of Immortal Life: A Soon to Be True Story (Simon & Schuster, $26, 9781501119835).

Monday, December 4, 2017

Fresh Air: Daniel Ellsberg, author of The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner (Bloomsbury, $30, 9781608196708).

Conan: Dan Rather, co-author of What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism (Algonquin, $22.95, 9781616207823).
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