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American Meteor

by Norman Lock

Veteran writer Norman Lock (The Boy in His Winter; Love Among the Particles) follows the life of the directionless Stephen Moran, from his role as a 16-year-old bugler for the Union Army during the Civil War to footman on the Transcontinental Railroad and official George Custer photographer during the Battle of Little Bighorn. In the early 20th century, Moran colors his first-person narrative with anachronistic anecdotes of a future that comes to him in the dreams Chief Crazy Horse bestowed upon him like a

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Men of War: The American Soldier in Combat at Bunker Hill, Gettysburg, and Iwo Jima

by Alexander Rose

Alexander Rose's third book on American history, Men of War: The American Soldier in Combat at Bunker Hill, Gettysburg, and Iwo Jima, is a work of considerable ambition. Focused on the day-to-day experience of American soldiers and the ways that it changed (or didn't) over time, Rose's book is heavily indebted to The Face of Battle, in which John Keegan "investigated the experience of the common British soldier--what he felt, heard, and saw--in three epic battles: Agincourt in 1415, Waterloo in 1815, and the

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Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer

by Kelly A. Jones, illus. by Katie Kath

Debut novelist Kelly A. Jones introduces brave, highly intelligent and resourceful Sophie Brown, a 12-year-old poultry farmer in the making.

Jones takes readers into Sophie's world with a series of funny, insightful letters. Sophie's father has lost his job, prompting the family to leave Los Angeles and move to Gravenstein, Calif., where her recently deceased Great-Uncle Jim has left them a farm. While Sophie's father sends out his resumé and her mother writes articles, Sophie writes to Redwood Farm

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by Yoel Hoffmann, trans. by Peter Cole

A fragmented, fictionalized memoir by Israeli writer and poet Yoel Hoffmann.

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Media Heat

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

On Fresh Air: Vendela Vida, author of The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty: A Novel (Ecco, $25.99, 9780062110916).

Monday, June 29, 2015

On Fresh Air: Mat Johnson, author of Loving Day: A Novel (Spiegel & Grau, $26, 9780812993455).

Thursday, June 25, 2015

On KCRW's Bookworm: Aleksandar Hemon, author of The Making of Zombie Wars: A Novel (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $26, 9780374203412).

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

On Fresh Air: Jorja Leap, author of Project Fatherhood: A Story of Courage and Healing in One of America's Toughest Communities (Beacon Press, $24.95, 9780807014523).

On Diane Rehm: readers review Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (Penguin, $16, 9780143127550).

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

On Fresh Air: Noah Charney, author of The Art of Forgery: The Minds, Motives and Methods of the Master Forgers (Phaidon, $35, 9780714867458).
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