Starred Review

The Bookshop at Water's End

by Patti Callahan Henry

For three magical summers when they were young, Bonny Moreland and Lainey McKay were the Summer Sisters: best friends whose families spent long, languid weeks together in tiny Watersend, S.C., between the river and the sea. The women have remained close, building successful careers and families, though both are haunted by the long-ago night of Lainey's mother's disappearance from Watersend. When Bonny's life erupts in personal and professional crisis, she flees her Charleston home for the river house and begs

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Ghost of the Innocent Man: A True Story of Trial and Redemption

by Benjamin Rachlin

Defense attorney Ed de Torres, the North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services and the Center on Actual Innocence all believed Willie J. Grimes was innocent of the rape for which he was convicted in 1988. Appeals were filed on his behalf, but despite a careless police investigation and suspicious witness identification, no part of his trial created cause for a reversal. The process functioned correctly, but the outcome was wrong. DNA was in its infancy in 1988, and, later, when the Center on Actual Innocence attempted

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The Hearts We Sold

by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Dee Moreno's home is a "place of broken promises and whispered apologies" in which both parents are alcoholics and emotionally abusive. She learned at a young age to be useful and thus invisible. Desperate to escape, Dee applied for and earned a merit scholarship to Brannigan Preparatory Academy, a nearby boarding school. But now, midway through her junior year, she learns that the school is cutting merit scholarships. With no way to make enough money to cover tuition and certain her parents won't help, Dee

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Bob's Rock

by Ann and John Hassett

Two little boys compare notes on their respective pets: a disobedient dog and a highly obedient rock in Ann and John Hassett's droll follow-up to Goodnight Bob.

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by David Rosenfelt

An abandoned border collie revives a child abduction case and the career of a devoted defense attorney.

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The Followers

by Rebecca Wait

Rebecca Wait's novel captivates from the very beginning, unfolding the story of a religious cult and one young girl's strength in resisting its pull.

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Doubleday Books: Pieces of Happiness by Anne Ostby

Media Heat

Thursday, August 17, 2017

KCRW's Bookworm: Ryan Gattis, author of Safe: A Novel (MCD, $26, 9780374253370).

CBS This Morning: Jean M. Twenge, author of iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood--and What That Means for the Rest of Us (Atria, $27, 9781501151989).

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: John Dickerson, author of Whistlestop: My Favorite Stories from Presidential Campaign History (Twelve, $16.99, 9781455540471).

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Fresh Air: Max Brooks, author of Minecraft: The Island: The Novel (Del Rey, $17.99, 9780399181771).

Monday, August 14, 2017

Fresh Air: Molly McCully Brown, author of The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded: Poems (Persea, $15.95, 9780892554782).

Conan: Senator Al Franken, author of Al Franken, Giant of the Senate (Twelve, $28, 9781455540419).

Thursday, August 10, 2017

KCRW's Bookworm: Wallace Shawn, author of Night Thoughts (Haymarket, $14.95, 9781608468126).

Fresh Air: Philip Shenon, author of A Cruel and Shocking Act: The Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination (Picador, $22, 9781250060754).

Today Show: Jeannette Walls, author of The Glass Castle: A Memoir (Scribner, $17, 9780743247542).

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Fresh Air: Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter, author of Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life (Avery, $27, 9781101982556).

Conan: Wesley Snipes, co-author of Talon of God (Harper Voyager, $27.99, 9780062668165).
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