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Shelf Discovery

The Best American Poetry 2014

by David Lehman and Terrance Hayes, editors

Another winner in a poetry series that offers up rich poems galore and new poets to explore.

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The Children Act

by Ian McEwan

A High Court judge responds to her husband's infidelity while considering a challenging legal case.

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The Distance

by Helen Giltrow

A dark, complex thriller about killers seeking prey and redemption.

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The Christmas Cat

by Melody Carlson

A single man is challenged with the task of finding suitable homes for six cats that belonged to his deceased grandmother.

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Prelude to Bruise

by Saeed Jones

A powerful debut collection of poems that wrestle over the intersections of identity, sex, politics and family.

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Station Eleven

by Emily St. John Mandel

A chilling version of life before and after the apocalypse, centered on a present-day film star's regrets and the end-time adventures of a traveling performance troupe.

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The Human Age: The World Shaped by Us

by Diane Ackerman

An engrossing look at the radical transformations humans have made globally and internally.

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The Hunting Gun

by Yasushi Inoue, trans. by Michael Emmerich

A timeless, elegiac and masterful novella about a tragic postwar love triangle by one of Japan's most prolific writers.

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Mr. Ferris and His Wheel

by Kathryn Gibbs Davis, illus. by Gilbert Ford

An entertaining and fact-filled story of the mechanical engineer who created a giant wheel for the 1893 World's Fair.

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Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms

by Katherine Rundell

An engaging, well-paced and adventurous story of a girl who learns to navigate two worlds.

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Hyperion: Strings Attached by Joanne Lipman & Melanie Kupchynsky

Media Heat

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).

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, author of Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World (Ballantine, $26, 9780804179072).

On NPR's On Point: H.D.S. Greenway, author of Foreign Correspondent: A Memoir (Simon & Schuster, $26, 9781476761329).

On the Colbert Report: Henry Kissinger, author of World Order (Penguin Press, $36, 9781594206146).

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

On the Colbert Report: Jason Segel, co-author of Nightmares! (Delacorte, $16.99, 9780385744256).

Monday, September 8, 2014

On Fresh Air: Maureen Corrigan, author of So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures (Little, Brown, $26, 9780316230070).

On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: Najla Said, author of Looking for Palestine: Growing Up Confused in an Arab-American Family (Riverhead, $16, 9781594632754).

On NPR's On Point: Christian Rudder, author of Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One's Looking) (Crown, $28, 9780385347372).

Thursday, September 4, 2014

On NPR's Diane Rehm Show: Liza Long, author of The Price of Silence: A Mom's Perspective on Mental Illness (Hudson Street Press, $25.95, 9781594632570).

On KCRW's Bookworm: Donald Antrim, author of The Emerald Light in the Air: Stories (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $22, 9780374280932).

On the Colbert Report: Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism (Simon & Schuster, $22, 9781416547877).

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