Starred Review

You Were Made for This

by Michelle Sacks

Michelle Sacks's debut novel, You Were Made for This, follows a seemingly perfect couple down a dark rabbit hole of sexual obsession and domestic isolation. When Sam inherits a picturesque cottage in Sweden, it seems to be the perfect opportunity for him, his wife, Merry, and their newborn, Conor, to make a fresh start. But beneath their beautiful and tranquil existence, they both hide dark secrets from their past, and Merry's domestic exterior is cracking under the pressure of their marriage and motherhood.

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Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America

by Eliza Griswold

In Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America, poet and journalist Eliza Griswold chronicles the impact on landowners in western Pennsylvania when the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) industry comes calling with deep pockets and false reassurances. It is both an intimate portrayal of one family's protracted struggle with gas and chemical contamination and also a frank rendering of the collateral devastation often wrought by companies bent on extracting natural gas from the land.
 

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Summer of Salt

by Katrina Leno

"On the island of By-the-Sea, you could always smell two things: salt and magic." For Georgina (Georgie) Fernweh and her twin sister, Mary, odd occurrences are a part of everyday life. The Fernweh family, which has lived on By-the-Sea for hundreds of years, is magic. Every Fernweh woman inherits an ability--controlling fire, walking on water, teleportation--before her 18th birthday. While Georgie's mother is skilled with potions and Mary has been able to float since birth, Georgie is still without a gift,

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A Love Like This

by Maria Duffy

In this star-crossed romance, Will and Donna, born in the same Dublin hospital on the same day, spend their whole lives nearly meeting.

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Fat Girl on a Plane

by Kelly deVos

When 17-year-old Cookie, the daughter of a famous supermodel and fashion devotee herself, is forced to buy a second seat on an airplane, she vows to lose weight and take the fashion world by storm.

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Into?

by North Morgan

North Morgan's third novel, Into?, is as cool, detached and fascinating as his handsome and wealthy gay protagonist.

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Adrift

by Rob Boffard

The passengers and crew of a small touring ship are stranded in the depths of space when their hotel is destroyed by an unknown ship.

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Blown

by Mark Haskell Smith

In this comic thriller, Smith takes on Wall Street in a wild embezzlement caper leading to a Caribbean island-hopping chase.

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Grove Press: Ayiti by Roxane Gay

Media Heat

Thursday, June 21, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: part two of an interview with Michael Ondaatje, author of Warlight: A Novel (Knopf, $26.95, 9780525521198).

Fresh Air: Emily Jane Fox, author of Born Trump: Inside America's First Family (Harper, $27.99, 9780062690777).

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Fresh Air: Stephen McCauley, author of My Ex-Life (Flatiron Books, $25.99, 9781250122438).

CBS This Morning: Mona Hanna-Attisha, author of What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City (One World, $28, 9780399590832).

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Fresh Air: David E. Sanger, author of The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age (Crown, $28, 9780451497895).

CBS This Morning: Elin Hilderbrand, author of The Perfect Couple (Little, Brown, $28, 9780316375269).

Today Show: Emily Jane Fox, author of Born Trump: Inside America's First Family (Harper, $27.99, 9780062690777).

The Tonight Show: David Hogg and Lauren Hogg, authors of #NeverAgain: A New Generation Draws the Line (Random House, $10, 9781984801838).

The Opposition with Jordan Klepper: Yeonmi Park, co-author of In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom (Penguin Books, $17, 9780143109747).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Michael Ian Black, author of I'm Sad (Simon & Schuster, $17.99, 9781481476270).

Monday, June 18, 2018

The Opposition with Jordan Klepper: Dan Pfeiffer, author of Yes We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter, and Trump (Twelve, $28, 9781538711712). He also appear on CBS This Morning.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: Michael Ondaatje, author of Warlight: A Novel (Knopf, $26.95, 9780525521198).

NPR's 1A: John Branch, author of The Last Cowboys: A Pioneer Family in the New West (Norton, $26.95, 9780393292343).

Fresh Air remembers Jill Ker Conway.

The Opposition with Jordan Klepper: Clint Watts, author of Messing with the Enemy: Surviving in a Social Media World of Hackers, Terrorists, Russians, and Fake News (Harper, $27.99, 9780062795984).
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