Starred Review

Every Note Played

by Lisa Genova

Lisa Genova, novelist and neuroscientist, has a gift for telling accessible stories about complex maladies and their victims. Still Alice explored early-onset Alzheimer's; in Left Neglected, a high-achieving woman suffers a brain injury. In Every Note Played, celebrated classical pianist Richard denies his diagnosis of ALS, until he sits at his Steinway and "the keys want to be caressed, the relationship ready and available to him, but he can't respond, and this is suddenly the cruelest moment of his life."

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Stray City

by Chelsey Johnson

Andrea Morales, self-described member of the "Lesbian Mafia," is having an illicit affair. With a straight man. This simple construct provides the jumping-off point of Chelsey Johnson's Stray City, which explores the many ways friendship, love and sex intersect--and the many ways they do not.

Stray City is not built on a fast-moving plot: Andrea (Andy, to her friends) starts her affair with Ryan. She continues her affair with Ryan. She keeps the affair a secret. She questions what the affair means to her, but

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The Funeral

by Matt James

When her great-uncle Frank dies, Norma prepares to attend the funeral with her parents. She practices her sad face in the mirror even though she is actually feeling "pretty happy." After all, she gets to skip school and she'll see her favorite--"FAVORITE"--cousin Ray. During the long church service, Norma entertains herself by watching the dust motes dancing in the light of the stained-glass windows. Ray climbs and fidgets and stares at the hairy ear of the man next to him. When they are finally released,

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Ghost Boys

by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Jewell Parker Rhodes examines the death of 12-year-old Jerome through the historical lens of Emmett Till's murder and the contemporary statistics surrounding police violence against black youths.

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Bizarre Romance

by Audrey Niffenegger, Eddie Campbell

The collaborative debut of two storytelling masters describes love in all its beauty, ordinariness, wickedness and regret.

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Hanover Square Press: The Soul of a Thief by Steven Hartov

Media Heat

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The View: James Comey, author of A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership (Flatiron, $29.99, 9781250192455).

Daily Show: Chelsea Clinton, author of She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History (Philomel, $17.99, 9780525516996).

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Fresh Air: James Comey, author of A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership (Flatiron, $29.99, 9781250192455). He also appeared on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Morning Joe: Cecile Richards, author of Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead--My Life Story (Touchstone, $27, 9781501187599).

Monday, April 16, 2018

Fresh Air: Lawrence Wright, author of God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State (Knopf, $27.95, 9780525520108).

Daily Show: Alex Wagner, author of Futureface: A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging (One World, $28, 9780812997941).

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Charlamagne Tha God, author of Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It (Touchstone, $16, 9781501145315).

Also on the Late Show: Nell Scovell, author of Just the Funny Parts: ...And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking into the Hollywood Boys' Club (Dey Street, $27.99, 9780062473486).

Thursday, April 12, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: Junot Díaz, author of Islandborn (Dial Books, $17.99, 9780735229860).

Fresh Air: Matthew Desmond, author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (Broadway Books, $17, 9780553447453).

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Daily Show: Martellus Bennett, author of Hey A.J., It's Bedtime! (Joe Books, $14.99, 9780996982030).

The Opposition with Jordan Klepper: Sally Kohn, author of The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity (Algonquin, $27.95, 9781616207281).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Retta, author of So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y'all Don't Even Know (St. Martin's Press, $26.99, 9781250109347).
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