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Shelf Discovery

Behind the Gates of Gomorrah: a Year with the Criminally Insane

by Stephen Seager

A year in the life of a psychiatrist working with the most violent of Napa State's criminally insane patients.

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Crazy Horse's Girlfriend

by Erika T. Wurth

A young girl, entangled in the drug world, struggles to escape her surroundings before they swallow her whole.

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El Deafo

by Cece Bell

A funny and poignant memoir in graphic novel format about a child grappling with hearing loss, entering school and making friends.

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Stone Mattress: Nine Tales

by Margaret Atwood

The many layers of the human psyche and the body's physical condition, all revealed in definitive Atwood style.

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Love Me Back

by Merritt Tierce

A brutal, beautiful glimpse at the seedy underbelly of the restaurant industry and the toll it takes on one young woman.

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Cosby: His Life and Times

by Mark Whitaker

An engrossing biography of Bill Cosby balances his life story with social commentary on the impact of his TV roles.

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Flirting with French: How a Language Charmed Me, Seduced Me & Nearly Broke My Heart

by William Alexander

A funny, surprising memoir about one man's quest to learn French in a year.

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Falling into Place

by Amy Zhang

A novel unspooled by a mysterious narrator with close ties to a teenager who drives her car off the road.

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A Distant Father

by Antonio Skármeta, trans. by John Cullen

A cinematic story about a young Chilean professor who discovers his long-lost father in the neighboring village, from the author of Il Postino.

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My Grandfather's Gallery: A Family Memoir of Art and War

by Anne Sinclair, trans. by Shaun Whiteside

Investigations by an art dealer's granddaughter into paintings stolen in World War II France.

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Benbella Books: And Give Up Showbiz by Fred Levin

Media Heat

Thursday, September 18, 2014

On Fresh Air: Zak Ebrahim, author of The Terrorist's Son: A Story of Choice (Simon & Schuster/TED, $14.99, 9781476784809).

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

On Fresh Air: John Darnielle, author of Wolf in White Van (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $24, 9780374292089).

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

On Fresh Air: Lawrence Wright, author of Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David (Knopf, $27.95, 9780385352031).

Monday, September 15, 2014

On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: Ian McEwan, author of The Children Act (Nan A. Talese, $25, 9780385539708).

On the Daily Show: Ken Burns, co-author of The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (Knopf, $60, 9780307700230).

Thursday, September 11, 2014

On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: Ken Burns, co-author of The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (Knopf, $60, 9780307700230).

On KCRW's Bookworm: Joyce Carol Oates, editor of Prison Noir (Akashic Books, $15.95, 9781617752391).

On the Colbert Report: Lonn Taylor, co-author of The Star-Spangled Banner: The Making of an American Icon (Smithsonian, $29.95, 9780060885625).

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