Starred Review

Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil

by Melina Marchetta

A week after the Metropolitan Police suspend Chief Inspector Bish Ortley for a physical altercation with a colleague, a bomb explodes on a bus touring Normandy--with Bish's teenage daughter on it.

Bish rushes to the site, and while his daughter is unscathed, there are casualties. As he peruses the roster of kids who were on the bus, he stops cold at one name: Violette LeBrac Zidane, the granddaughter of a man who blew up a British supermarket 13 years earlier, killing 23 people including himself. Violette survived

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Hammers on Bone

by Cassandra Khaw

When a boy who seems more mature than his 10 years enters John Persons's office in order to solicit an adult-sized murder, the private investigator is understandably wary. But what ultimately makes Persons concede is that, in addition to being abusive, the kid's father is a literal monster.

The novella Hammers on Bone by journalist and short story author Cassandra Khaw pulls readers along on a fascinating ride, full of Lovecraftian horrors and noir motifs twisted just far enough to serve the story rather than

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The Secret Horses of Briar Hill

by Megan Shepherd, illus. by Dan Burgess

The Secret Horses of Briar Hill deserves a spot on the shelf next to the most beloved children's classics--yes, even The Secret Garden.

In World War II England, a fierce, imaginative girl named Emmaline who loves to draw lives in a children's hospital, a converted mansion in the countryside, run by the Sisters of Mercy. Emmaline has a lung disease she calls the "stillwaters," or tuberculosis, as do the other boys and girls, whose doors are color-coded from blue (well enough to go outside) to red (dire indeed).

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One Life

by David Lida

A Mexican national facing the death penalty and the investigator who hopes to save her become hopelessly entwined.

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Du Iz Tak?

by Carson Ellis

Carson Ellis writes a picture book about the life cycle of a plant (and some very fancy and curious insects) in an invented language--and it's brilliant.

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A Greater Music

by Bae Suah, trans. by Deborah Smith

Acclaimed Korean writer Bae Suah reflects on the intricate relationships among music, language and emotion in this contemplative story of regret and lost love.

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by Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood's clever reinterpretation of The Tempest features a theater director staging the play with inmates of a correctional facility.

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Death Among Rubies

by R.J. Koreto

In this charming Edwardian mystery, a fearless suffragist is determined to solve a murder, with or without the help of the skeptical police.

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Delacorte Books for Young Readers: The Secret Horses of Briar Hill by Megan Shepherd

Media Heat

Thursday, October 20, 2016

KCRW's Bookworm: Nicholson Baker, author of Substitute: Going to School With a Thousand Kids (Blue Rider, $30, 9780399160981).

Diane Rehm: Gary Younge, author of Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives (Nation Books, $25.99, 9781568589756).

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Diane Rehm: Adam Gazzaley and Larry D. Rosen, authors of The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World (MIT Press, $27.95, 9780262034944).

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Fresh Air: Beth Macy, author of Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South (Little, Brown, $28, 9780316337540).

Diane Rehm: H.W. Brands, author of The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War (Doubleday, $30, 9780385540575).

Monday, October 17, 2016

Fresh Air: Tim Wu, author of The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads (Knopf, $28.95, 9780385352017).

Diane Rehm: Alain de Botton, author of The Course of Love: A Novel (Simon & Schuster, $26, 9781501134258).

Thursday, October 13, 2016

KCRW's Bookworm: Nadja Spiegelman, author of I'm Supposed to Protect You from All This: A Memoir (Riverhead, $27, 9781594631924).

Fresh Air: Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby, authors of V Street: 100 Globe-Hopping Plates on the Cutting Edge of Vegetable Cooking (Morrow Cookbooks, $27.99, 9780062438485).

Diane Rehm: Rep. John Lewis, co-author of March: Book Three (Top Shelf Productions, $19.99, 9781603094023).
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