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The Lonely Hearts Hotel

by Heather O'Neill

Heather O'Neill (Daydreams of Angels) weaves a magical story of two talented orphans who live outside convention and survive the Great Depression in the author's native Montreal.

In 1910, two infants are in the grim care of strict nuns at a Catholic orphanage. The first, a boy, barely survived his birth. The second, a girl, was found freezing in the snow by a factory worker. The nuns nickname the boy Pierrot after the sad clown of the Commedia dell'Arte, and the girl Rose, for the pink spots that appeared

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The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Contentment, Comfort, and Connection

by Louisa Thomsen Brits

The trendy Danish concept of hygge is the subject of Louisa Thomsen Brits's first book. Half Danish and half British, Brits was born in Uganda and spent her childhood summers in Denmark. With her simultaneous insider and outsider perspectives on Danish culture, she translates this aspect of it for the rest of the world with skill and subtlety. The Book of Hygge is likely to be one of the best guides to creating a more socially connected and rewarding life.

Hygge is a temporary escape from the conflicts of daily

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What Will Grow?

by Jennifer Ward, illus. by Susie Ghahremani

"Shiny, brown./ Bumpy crown./ What will grow?/ Oak tree."
"Fluffy, white./ Taking flight./ What will grow?/ Dandelions."

What Will Grow? is a joyful, rhyming picture book about the miraculous nature of seeds from the creative team behind What Will Hatch?: Jennifer Ward (Feathers and Hair: What Animals Wear; Mama Built a Little Nest) and illustrator Susie Ghahremani. Each seed-rooted riddle is illustrated by a lovely, lush and leafy gouache-on-wood, double-page spread featuring some curious, usually hungry,

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Shelf Discovery

The Harlem Charade

by Natasha Tarpley

Three intrepid seventh graders from Harlem work together to solve a decades-old mystery in the art world--and manage to save their neighborhood, as well.

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The Nightwalker

by Sebastian Fitzek, trans. by Jaime Lee Searle

In this thrilling horror story, a man struggles to understand the destructive acts he's committing while asleep.

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Media Heat

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Tavis Smiley: Ralph Nader, author of Breaking Through Power: It's Easier Than We Think (City Lights Publishers, $13.95, 9780872867055).

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: George Saunders, author of Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel (Random House, $28, 9780812995343).

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Takeaway: Erica Armstrong Dunbar, author of Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge (Atria/37 INK, $26, 9781501126390).

Monday, February 13, 2017

Fresh Air: Joseph Turow, author of The Aisles Have Eyes: How Retailers Track Your Shopping, Strip Your Privacy, and Define Your Power (Yale University Press, $30, 9780300212198).

Thursday, February 9, 2017

KCRW's Bookworm: Michael Tolkin, author of NK3: A Novel (Atlantic Monthly Press, $25, 9780802125439).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Refugees (Grove Press, $25, 9780802126399).
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