Starred Review

Beartown

by Fredrik Backman, trans. by Neil Smith

In his fourth novel, Fredrik Backman displays once again an almost omnipotent insight into human nature. This time around, the author of Britt-Marie Was Here spreads out his story among the citizens of a small town whose pride is wholly invested in their hockey team. From teenagers to the elderly, Backman chisels each in fantastic detail, illuminating the deepest recesses of their souls while touching the deepest recesses of the readers'.

Beartown has been slowly deteriorating due to unemployment, but the city's

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Priestdaddy

by Patricia Lockwood

Father Greg Lockwood is a Catholic priest with very conservative views. He plays guitar too loudly (and badly), makes thunderous pronouncements, lounges in boxers--and has a wife and five children (he was originally a Lutheran priest and then became a Catholic priest, and kept his wife and family through Vatican dispensation). Father Greg is Patricia Lockwood's Priestdaddy, an often self-centered patriarch whose life, if his wife is away, descends into willful chaos. Lockwood (Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals

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My Fairy Godmother Is a Drag Queen

by David Clawson

Who wouldn't be stunned clean out of their cheap Payless shoes if their fairy godmother appeared in drag, bearing a striking resemblance to Diana Ross? Chris Bellows is certainly caught off guard.

Chris, a 17-year-old living with his stepmother, stepsister and stepbrother after his father's death, is quietly and innocuously making his way through high school. His family, however, intends to regain the wealth and social status they lost in the recession. His stepmother's plan involves a very public courtship

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Colette's Lost Pet

by Isabelle Arsenault

When new-kid-on-the-block Colette invents a lost pet, she quickly learns that all the neighborhood kids are willing to help fuel her indomitable imagination.

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Into the Water

by Paula Hawkins

A close-knit British community grapples with mysterious deaths--past and present--that occurred at a notorious local riverbank.

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Restart

by Gordon Korman

As a 13-year-old football star with amnesia restarts his life, he discovers that the bullying and arrogance he used to engage in no longer appeals in the slightest.

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Media Heat

Thursday, May 25, 2017

KCRW's Bookworm: Morgan Parker, author of There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce (Tin House Books, $14.95, 9781941040539).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Jessica Seinfeld, author of Food Swings: 125+ Recipes to Enjoy Your Life of Virtue & Vice (Ballantine, $32, 9781101967140).

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Fresh Air: Richard Barnett, author of The Smile Stealers: The Fine and Foul Art of Dentistry (Thames & Hudson, $35, 9780500519110).

Conan: Ben Falcone, author of Being a Dad Is Weird: Lessons in Fatherhood from My Family to Yours (Dey Street, $25.99, 9780062473622).

Monday, May 22, 2017

Fresh Air: Thomas E. Ricks, author of Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom (Penguin Press, $28, 9781594206139).

CBS This Morning: Jack Ewing, author of Faster, Higher, Farther: The Volkswagen Scandal (Norton, $27.95, 9780393254501).

Thursday, May 18, 2017

KCRW's Bookworm: Brad Gooch, author of Rumi's Secret: The Life of the Sufi Poet of Love (Harper, $28.99, 9780061999147).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Jeffrey Tambor, author of Are You Anybody?: A Memoir (Crown Archetype, $27, 9780451496355).

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Fresh Air: Ari Berman, author of Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America (Picador, $18, 9781250094728).

Daily Show: Susan Burton, co-author of Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women (The New Press, $25.95, 9781620972120).
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