Starred Review

A Good Country

by Laleh Khadivi

Laleh Khadivi's A Good Country is the third in a loosely formed trilogy (after The Age of Orphans and The Walking) featuring three generations of Iranian men. In this final volume, 14-year-old Reza Courdee walks a careful line between his parents' Iranian heritage and his desire to fit in at the Laguna Beach, Calif., high school he attends.

As A Good Country unfolds over the span of his adolescence, Reza transforms and transforms again. He is a pot-smoking, partying, surfing American teen; then the dutiful

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The Long Drop

by Denise Mina

A lawyer, a businessman accused of killing his family and a lifelong criminal walk into a bar in 1950s Scotland. This isn't a joke, but rather the captivating opening gambit of Denise Mina's standalone psychological thriller The Long Drop. Fresh from prison, Peter Manuel claims to know who murdered William Watt's family. When Watt's lawyer departs, the remaining pair leaves the bar together and spends the next 12 hours drinking and scheming, each trying to gain the upper hand.

Manuel clearly has knowledge

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The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

by Mackenzi Lee

Roguish Henry Montague, his younger and more intellectual sister, Felicity, and his biracial, very sensible best friend and secret crush, Percy Newton (who suffers from epilepsy), are off on their European Grand Tour, a common event among the upper classes in 1720s Europe. Monty, an English earl's son, has his mind more on vice than virtue: sex (with both men and women), drinking, smoking and gambling are his proclivities and constant subjects of banter. But his interest in Percy--who Monty is not even sure

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The Summer House

by Hannah McKinnon

Stubborn septuagenarian Flossy Merrill gathers her three grown children and their families together for a final summer at their beach house.

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Behind the Moon

by Madison Smartt Bell

Bell packs the nuance of Native American symbolism and mythology into a straightforward, concise story of teen self-discovery.

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Random House Books for Young Readers: The Door Before (100 Cupboards Prequel) by Nathan D. Wilson

Media Heat

Monday, June 26, 2017

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Tom Shillue, author of Mean Dads for a Better America: The Generous Rewards of an Old-Fashioned Childhood (Dey Street, $26.99, 9780062656179).

Thursday, June 22, 2017

KCRW's Bookworm: Alan Felsenthal, author of Lowly (Ugly Duckling Presse, $15, 9781937027872).

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The View: Eddie Izzard, author of Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens (Blue Rider, $28, 9780399175831).

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Jeffrey Tambor, author of Are You Anybody?: A Memoir (Crown Archetype, $27, 9780451496355).

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The View: David Grann, author of Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI (Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385534246).

Monday, June 19, 2017

Daily Show: Janet Mock, author of Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me (Atria, $24.99, 9781501145797).
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