Starred Review

The Essex Serpent

by Sarah Perry

Following her husband's death, Cora Seaborne leaves London in search of the dirt, earth, fossils, rocks and trees that once entertained her as a young girl. Her arrival in Essex coincides with growing rumors of the return of the Essex Serpent, a great beast living in the Blackwater that is said to claim human lives. A budding naturalist whose passions were squashed by her cruel husband, Cora sets off in search of the mythical beast, but finds instead a local parson, William Ransome, with whom she forms an

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Ants Among Elephants: An Untouchable Family and the Making of Modern India

by Sujatha Gidla

Sujatha Gidla was born into the lowest level of India's caste system, the untouchables. She compares it to anti-black racism in the United States, and then goes on to explain, "Each caste has its own special role and its own place to live.... The untouchables, whose special role--whose hereditary duty--is to labor in the fields of others or to do other work that Hindu society considers filthy, are not allowed to live in the village at all." She goes on to list some of the thousands of restrictions placed upon

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What Goes Up

by Katie Kennedy

Rosa Hayashi is a "science princess" from New Mexico whose parents expect great things of her. Eddie Toivonen is from Oolitic, Indiana, and doesn't have the luxury of living with parents; the only one he has is a jailbird. Eddie and Rosa are among 200 brainiac high schoolers who have traveled to Iowa to compete for two trainee spots at a NASA space agency. Both want to succeed, but Eddie must do so: "It was either exploring the cosmos for the Interworlds Agency or handing people fries back in Oolitic."


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by Adam Hamdy

Adam Hamdy's high-octane cat-and-mouse psychological thriller offers relentless suspense, quicksilver pacing and characters with surprising depth.

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The Lost Letter

by Jillian Cantor

Jillian Cantor's third novel tells the story of an unusual World War II-era German stamp and its connection to an American family.

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by Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Javier Pina

An emerging superhero must learn empathy from a behavioral psychologist in order to battle the terrorists threatening the world with biological war.

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Doubleday Books: The Captain's Daughter by Meg Mitchell Moore

Media Heat

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Fresh Air: Billy Bragg, author of Roots, Radicals & Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World (Faber & Faber, $29.95, 9780571327744).

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Fresh Air: Joshua Green, author of Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency (Penguin Press, $27, 9780735225022).

Monday, July 17, 2017

CBS This Morning: Joshua Green, author of Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency (Penguin Press, $27, 9780735225022).

Thursday, July 13, 2017

KCRW's Bookworm: Joshua Cohen, author of Moving Kings: A Novel (Random House, $26, 9780399590184).

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Fresh Air: Jesse Eisinger, author of The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives (Simon & Schuster, $28, 9781501121364).

Daily Show: David O. Brown, co-author of Called to Rise: A Life in Faithful Service to the Community That Made Me (Ballantine, $28, 9781524796549).
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