Starred Review

New York 2140

by Kim Stanley Robinson

In New York 2140, Kim Stanley Robinson (Shaman), one of the greatest living science fiction writers, presents a drastically changed city that retains many of its eternal charms and perils. In his vision, climate change has resulted in the First Pulse and the Second Pulse, massive sea level rises fueled by polar ice sliding into the ocean. After a period of devastating flooding, New York has adapted and survived as the newly christened "SuperVenice"--a city linked by boats, sky bridges and dirigibles rather

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No Friends but the Mountains: Dispatches from the World's Violent Highlands

by Judith Matloff

One quarter of the earth's surface is mountains, and about 10% of the population resides in them. Given the inclement weather, difficult travel conditions and relative isolation, this is perhaps unsurprising. In No Friends but the Mountains, journalist Judith Matloff does explore a surprising statistic: approximately 85% of the world's conflicts over the past two decades have been fought in mountain areas.

A professor of conflict reporting at the Columbia School of Journalism, Matloff is intimately familiar

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Star Scouts

by Mike Lawrence

Avani's dad wants her to go to Flower Scouts to make some friends in their new town, but she doesn't have much in common with the other girls and hates being a scout. When an alien scout accidentally abducts her, though, scouting becomes her lodestar. Avani's new alien friend Mabel introduces her to the Z-98s, "the worst troop in Star Scouts," and Avani's lonely days are transformed. But when her new troop heads to the galactic Camp Andromeda for a week, Avani stumbles into a competition for badges with an

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Turkish Delight

by Jan Wolkers, trans. by Sam Garrett

A Dutch novel of 1969 still titillates with its sexual content, but deserves serious consideration for style and themes, too.

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A Good Day for a Hat

by T. Nat Fuller, illus. by Rob Hodgson

A bear of many hats is forced to wear them all as the scene outside his door changes from rain to snow to the high seas, in this charming picture book about patience and adaptability.

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by Layli Long Soldier

Layli Long Soldier's debut poetry collection stands as a remarkable achievement of artistic innovation and personal revelation.

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by Domenico Starnone, trans. by Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri has translated this perfectly crafted Italian novel about marital infidelity.

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by Matthew Laurence

After sitting out several decades of human history, Freya, the Norse goddess of love and war, takes on a vast corporation determined to subvert divinity for its own shadowy ends.

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HarperCollins: Chester and Gus by Cammie McGovern

Media Heat

Thursday, March 23, 2017

KCRW's Bookworm: George Saunders, author of Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel (Random House, $28, 9780812995343).

Fresh Air: Kate Hennessy, author of Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty: An Intimate Portrait of My Grandmother (Scribner, $27.99, 9781501133961).

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Fresh Air: Jane Mayer, author of Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right (Anchor, $17, 9780307947901).

CBS This Morning: Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg, authors of How Google Works (Grand Central, $18.99, 9781455582327).

Good Morning America: Bruce Feiler, author of The First Love Story: Adam, Eve, and Us (Penguin Press, $28, 9781594206818). He was also on the View.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Fresh Air: Ron Powers, author of No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America (Hachette Books, $28, 9780316341172).

Daily Show: Bassem Youssef, author of Revolution for Dummies: Laughing through the Arab Spring (Dey Street, $26.99, 9780062446893).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Chris Hayes, author of A Colony in a Nation (Norton, $26.95, 9780393254228).

Thursday, March 16, 2017

KCRW's Bookworm: Emil Ferris, author of My Favorite Thing is Monsters (Fantagraphics, $39.99, 9781606999592).

Fresh Air: Elif Batuman, author of The Idiot (Penguin Press, $27, 9781594205613).

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Bassem Youssef, author of Revolution for Dummies: Laughing through the Arab Spring (Dey Street, $26.99, 9780062446893).
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