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Valley of the Moon

by Melanie Gideon

In 1975, Lux Lysander is struggling with life as a single mom in San Francisco. So when her son goes to stay with his grandparents for two weeks, she's thrilled to go camping alone in Sonoma Valley, also known as the Valley of the Moon. She's enjoying herself, until she's startled awake in the middle of the night.

In 1906, Joseph--a visionary far ahead of his time--has planned Greengage farm to be self-supporting, a place where men and women of all ethnicities can work together peacefully. The farm is functioning

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The Hopefuls

by Jennifer Close

In the wake of Barack Obama's landmark 2008 presidential win, his campaign staffers--young, eager and flushed with capital-H Hope--flocked to Washington, D.C., to begin their new careers. But for some of them, post-victory life proved bittersweet, especially for the spouses of those staffers. In her third novel, The Hopefuls, Jennifer Close (The Smart One) captures the initial adrenaline rush and the resulting disillusionment through the eyes of Beth, one such spouse.

Though Beth adores her life in New York,

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The First Wife: A Tale of Polygamy

by Paulina Chiziane, trans. by David Brookshaw

When Rami's youngest son accidentally breaks a neighbor's car window, there's no man of the house to take care of it. Rami's husband, Tony, the handsome police chief in Maputo, Mozambique, has a wandering eye and is seldom home. After putting up with his behavior for more than 20 years, Rami decides to take matters into her own hands. One by one, she seeks out the four women who take up so much of her husband's time and attention. Confrontations erupt into violence, but what starts out as fisticuffs turns

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Women Lovers, or The Third Woman

by Natalie Clifford Barney, Chelsea Ray, editor, trans. by Chelsea Ray

This is an autobiographical, sprightly 1926 novel of a Belle Époque lesbian love triangle, written in French by an American and appearing in English for the first time.

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by C.A. Higgins

Supernova is a captivating story of rebellion, freedom and the responsible use of power in a solar system at war.

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by Sonya Mukherjee

Seventeen-year-old sisters Clara and Hailey contemplate college, love and the universe, and whether they can have it all as conjoined identical twins.

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Media Heat

Thursday, July 28, 2016

KCRW's Bookworm: Constantine Phipps, author of What You Want (Quercus, $26.99, 9781681444475).

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Fresh Air: Gabriel Sherman, author of The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News--and Divided a Country (Random House, $28, 9780812992854).

Diane Rehm: Matthew Dallek, author of Defenseless Under the Night: The Roosevelt Years and the Origins of Homeland Security (Oxford University Press, $29.95, 9780199743124).

Thursday, July 21, 2016

KCRW's Bookworm: Vivian Gornick, author of The Odd Woman and the City: A Memoir (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $13, 9780374536152).

Nightly Show: Salman Rushdie, author of Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights: A Novel (Random House, $16, 9780812988208).

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The View: Julianne Moore, author of Freckleface Strawberry and the Really Big Voice (Doubleday, $16.99, 9780385392037).

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Diane Rehm: Delia Ephron, author of Siracusa (Blue Rider, $26, 9780399165214).

Today Show: David Boudia, co-author of Greater Than Gold: From Olympic Heartbreak to Ultimate Redemption (Thomas Nelson, $24.99, 9780718077419).
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