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Shelf Discovery

Against Football: One Fan's Reluctant Manifesto

by Steve Almond

The struggle of a lifelong football fan to come to terms with the disturbing, unsavory aspects of the game he still loves.

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The Iron Sickle

by Martin Limon

U.S. Army CID agents George SueƱo and Ernie Bascom investigate two unusual murders in this post-Korean War series.

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Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes

by Nicola Davies, illus. by Emily Sutton

A fascinating introduction to the microscopic creatures that do big things--both good and bad, from a human perspective.

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The Furies

by Natalie Haynes

A grieving teacher and her troubled students in a modern-day Greek tragedy.

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Strange Shores

by Arnaldur Indridason, trans. by Victoria Cribb

Inspector Erlendur investigates the chilling mystery of a woman who vanished into an Icelandic blizzard 60 years ago.

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Hug Machine

by Scott Campbell

A charming picture book about a boy who's unabashedly affectionate--infectiously so.

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Worn Stories

by Emily Spivack

A meditative collection of short, accessible memoirs documenting the meaning of clothing.

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The Phantom Coach: A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Ghost Stories

by Michael Sims, editor

A thoughtfully arranged collection of ghost stories from the Victorian era.

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Flatiron Books: What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

Media Heat

Monday, August 25, 2014

On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: Meryl Comer, author of Slow Dancing with a Stranger: Lost and Found in the Age of Alzheimer's (HarperOne, $26.99, 9780062130822).

Thursday, August 21, 2014

On KCRW's Bookworm: Kevin Birmingham, author of The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses (Penguin Press, $29.95, 9781594203367).

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

On Fresh Air: Dr. Sandeep Jauhar, author of Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $26, 9780374141394).

Monday, August 18, 2014

On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: Alan Rabinowitz, author of An Indomitable Beast: The Remarkable Journey of the Jaguar (Island Press, $30, 9781597269964).

On Fresh Air: Stephan Eirik Clark, author of Sweetness #9: A Novel (Little, Brown, $26, 9780316278751).

Thursday, August 14, 2014

On KCRW's Bookworm: part two of a two-part interview with William T. Vollmann, author of Last Stories and Other Stories (Viking, $36, 9780670015979).

On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: Hampton Sides, author of In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette (Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385535373).

On Fresh Air: the Knick medical advisor Dr. Stanley B. Burns, author of Stiffs, Skulls & Skeletons: Medical Photography and Symbolism (Schiffer Publishing, $75, 9780764347467).

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