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New Pompeii

by Daniel Godfrey

Daniel Godfrey's New Pompeii is a time-travel thriller that pays homage to Michael Crichton, substituting ancient Romans for resurrected dinosaurs. Crichton's novels generally follow a basic, almost mathematical formula: overweening ambition plus entropy equals a lot of dead people. Godfrey proves the soundness of that formula by replicating it, with entertaining results.

In New Pompeii, a controversial company called Novus Particles has developed the capability to pull objects, animals and even people from

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A Million Years in a Day: A Curious History of Everyday Life from the Stone Age to the Phone Age

by Greg Jenner

In A Million Years in a Day, British historian Greg Jenner reveals the strange and quirky origins of many habits, objects and rituals of daily life that have evolved since humans first roamed the earth. Jenner writes, "I've scribbled this book as if it were describing the routine events of a modern Saturday, with each chapter focusing on a distinct activity.... I've used that to spring backwards into the past to explore where these routines came from."

Beginning with the concept of time itself, Jenner delves

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Being a Beast: Adventures Across the Species Divide

by Charles Foster

The premise of Being a Beast is as misleading as it is wacky: a man tries to live as a badger, then as an otter, a fox, a deer and a swift, in order to understand what it's like to experience the world as a wild animal. But beneath the surface, this series of philosophical essays represents nature writing of the highest order: probing, intellectual, alert, funny and astonishing.

Charles Foster is an Oxford fellow and self-described "writer, traveller, veterinarian and barrister." His publications range from

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Read Me Like a Book

by Liz Kessler

Seventeen-year-old Ashleigh Walker finds herself falling in love with the last person she ever expected in this poignant and engaging novel.

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The Bones of Grace

by Tahmima Anam

A Bangladeshi woman falls for an American at Harvard and struggles to reintegrate when she returns home to marry her childhood sweetheart.

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Media Heat

Thursday, June 23, 2016

KCRW's Bookworm: Joyce Carol Oates, author of The Man Without a Shadow: A Novel (Ecco, $27.99, 9780062416094).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Neil Gaiman, author of The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction (Morrow, $26.99, 9780062262264).

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Tavis Smiley: Yaa Gyasi, author of Homegoing: A Novel (Knopf, $26.95, 9781101947135).

Fresh Air
: Wendy Warren, author of New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America (Liveright, $29.95, 9780871406729).

CBS This Morning: Angela Duckworth, author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance (Scribner, $28, 9781501111105).

Daily Show: Tavis Smiley, co-author of Before You Judge Me: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson's Last Days (Little, Brown, $27, 9780316259095).

Monday, June 20, 2016

Fresh Air: Jonathan Balcombe, author of What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins (Scientific American/Farrar, Straus & Giroux).

Diane Rehm: Arun Sundararajan, author of The Sharing Economy: The End of Employment and the Rise of Crowd-Based Capitalism (MIT Press, $26.95, 9780262034579).

CBS This Morning: Elin Hilderbrand, author of Here's to Us (Little, Brown, $28, 9780316375146).

Tavis Smiley: D.L. Hughley, author of Black Man, White House: An Oral History of the Obama Years (Morrow, $27.99, 9780062399793).

Thursday, June 16, 2016

KCRW's Bookworm: A. Scott Berg, author of Max Perkins: Editor of Genius (NAL, $18, 9780399584831).

Fresh Air: Stephanie Danler, author of Sweetbitter: A Novel (Knopf, $25, 9781101875940).

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Fresh Air: David Daley, author of Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy (Liveright, $26.95, 9781631491627).
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