Starred Review

Future Home of the Living God

by Louise Erdrich

National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrich (The Round House) surprises and unnerves in Future Home of the Living God, a dystopian depiction of a world on the brink of collapse, and one woman's battle to protect herself and her unborn child. Cedar, an adopted Ojibwe raised by a loving Midwestern family, is pregnant. But fertility rates are down, and even fertile women have been unable to survive labor. As the increasingly religious government begins abducting pregnant women under the guise of protecting

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The Boy and the Whale

by Mordicai Gerstein

Abelardo is accustomed to watching the sea--he's the son of a fisherman, after all. One day he spots a whale, unmoving, in the distance. He alerts his father, and they jump into their small motorboat and head for the animal. It's alive, but snared in their fishing net. Father and son despair, each for his own reason: Abelardo's father has lost a net, on which his livelihood depends; Abelardo fears for the whale's life. Underwater, while observing the captive animal, he remembers, "I had been tangled in a net

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Before She Was Harriet

by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illus. by James E. Ransome

Husband-and-wife team Lesa Cline-Ransome and James E. Ransome partner again--as they did for Freedom's School and My Story, My Dance--to share scenes from the life of one of America's bravest and toughest heroes, Harriet Tubman.

Cline-Ransome's text is a poem that begins with an elderly Tubman and takes the reader backward, step by step, through her life: as a suffragist, a spy, a nurse, "Moses" of the Underground Railroad, "a wisp of a woman/ with the courage/ of a lion." In this ringing free verse, Tubman's

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Wonder Valley

by Ivy Pochoda

In Ivy Pochoda's accomplished third novel, drifters and criminals look for something like salvation in each other and the promise of Southern California.

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Mean

by Myriam Gurba

This memoir is remarkable for its unflinching candor, its adventurous style and its humor in the face of tragedy and absurdity.

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The Speaker

by Traci Chee

A girl armed with a powerful Book and a boy who may be a prophesied warrior fight against a covert society known as the Guard.

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Dark Asylum

by E.S. Thomson

In the return of Jem Flockhart, an apothecary and woman living as a man, murder at an insane asylum pulls the sleuth into the seedy heart of Victorian London.

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St. Martin's Press: The Secrets of Cavendon (Cavendon Chronicles #4) by Barbara Taylor Bradford

Media Heat

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Fresh Air:Luke Harding, author of Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win (Vintage, $16.95, 9780525562511).

Monday, November 20, 2017

Fresh Air: Jake Bernstein, author of Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite (Holt, $30, 9781250126689).

Thursday, November 16, 2017

KCRW's Bookworm: Wallace Shawn, author of Night Thoughts (Haymarket, $14.95, 9781608468126).

On Point: A.J. Jacobs, author of It's All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree (Simon & Schuster, $27, 9781476734491).

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

CBS This Morning: Steve Leder, author of More Beautiful Than Before: How Suffering Transforms Us (Hay House, $17.99, 9781401953126).

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

CBS This Morning: Tina Brown, author of The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983-1992 (Holt, $32, 9781627791366).

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Tyler Perry, author of Higher Is Waiting (Spiegel & Grau, $26, 9780812989342).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Christian Siriano, author of Dresses to Dream About (Rizzoli, $45, 9780847858385).
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