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Cities of Empire: The British Colonies and the Creation of the Urban World

by Tristram Hunt

Ten cities of the British Empire and how they grew.

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Talon

by Julie Kagawa

A suspenseful adventure of two dragon twins, attempting to assimilate as humans in a beach town, encountering dangers from all sides.

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The Vendetta of Felipe Espinosa

by Adam James Jones

A debut author offers his interpretation of the life of one of the nation's first serial killers.

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God'll Cut You Down: The Tangled Tale of a White Supremacist, a Black Hustler, a Murder, and How I Lost a Year in Mississippi

by John Safran

An unlikely account of the murder of a white supremacist in Mississippi from a Jewish Australian comedian.

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Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography

by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Pamela Smith Hill, editor

Laura Ingalls Wilder's original memoir, which formed the basis of her popular Little House books.

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Strongheart: The World's First Movie Star Dog

by Emily Arnold McCully

A picture-book biography certain to please animal lovers as well as history and movie buffs.

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The Barefoot Queen

by Ildefonso Falcones

An exotic and romantic tapestry of gypsy life in 18th-century Spain.

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Dirty Old London: The Victorian Fight Against Filth

by Lee Jackson

The muck of historic London, replete with colorful characters and wisdom for the modern age.

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An Innocent Abroad: Life-Changing Trips from 35 Great Writers

by Don George, editor

Adventures from around the world that altered the famous writers who experienced them.

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Tristana

by Benito Pérez Galdós, trans. by Margaret Jull Costa

A witty 19th-century Spanish classic about a compromised young woman and the two men who love her.

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Touchstone: Crazy Love You by Lisa Unger

Media Heat

Thursday, December 18, 2014

On KCRW's Bookworm: Marilynne Robinson, author of Lila (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $26, 9780374187613).

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

On Fresh Air: Robert Beachy, author of Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity (Knopf, $27.95, 9780307272102).

On the Colbert Report: Phil Klay, author of Redeployment (Penguin Press, $26.95, 9781594204999).

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

On Fresh Air: John Cleese, author of So, Anyway… (Crown Archetype, $28, 9780385348249).

Thursday, December 11, 2014

On KCRW's Bookworm: Martin Amis, author of The Zone of Interest (Knopf, $26.95, 9780385353496).

On Fresh Air: Scott Saul, author of Becoming Richard Pryor (Harper, $27.99, 9780062123305).

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

On Fresh Air: National Book Award–winner Jacqueline Woodson, author of Brown Girl Dreaming (Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Young Readers, $16.99, 9780399252518).

On the Daily Show: Suki Kim, author of Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea's Elite (Crown, $24, 9780307720658).

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