Starred Review

The Fireman

by Joe Hill

Joe Hill's great strength as a horror writer has always been his ability to play out finely observed interpersonal and emotional conflicts within the constructs of the genre. His fourth novel, The Fireman, expands the scope of his worldbuilding, but maintains his near-perverse level of compassion for characters that Hill (Nos4a2) constructs only to relentlessly pull apart.

It is an apocalyptic epic that depicts modern society falling apart in the face of a devastating plague. The culprit is Draco Incendia

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The Second Life of Nick Mason

by Steve Hamilton

In a stark departure from his Alex McKnight novels, Steve Hamilton kicks off an impressive new series featuring Nick Mason, a former car thief from Chicago who tries to go straight for the sake of his family, but is convicted of a murder he didn't commit. Now Mason is sitting in Terre Haute Penitentiary for 25 years to life. He learns the ropes of general population, doesn't make waves, but also doesn't let anyone get the better of him. Then everything changes when Darius Cole summons Mason to the Secure Housing

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Draw the Line

by Laurent Linn

Former Sesame Street Muppets creative director Laurent Linn's debut YA novel combines graphic novel and prose formats for a funny, sexy and moving experience.

Sixteen-year-old Adrian Piper knows how to fly below the radar better than anyone else at Rock Hollow High School, near Dallas, Tex. He wears monochromatic outfits, keeps his homosexuality firmly in the closet, and never signs his name to Graphite, the Renaissance-era superhero webcomic he draws in his spare time. When a school bully brutally attacks

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Villa Triste

by Patrick Modiano, trans. by John Cullen

Nobel Prize winner Patrick Modiano examines youth and nostalgia in a haunting story of young love in a resort town.

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Remember the Ladies

by Gina L. Mulligan

Amelia Cooke, lobbyist for women's suffrage in the late 19th century, acts on the adage "Remember the Ladies" in an often hostile Washington, D.C.

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Joe Gould's Teeth

by Jill Lepore

The author makes an astonishing, enthralling investigation of whether a man made famous in a 1942 New Yorker profile by Joseph Mitchell did or did not write a nine-million-word oral history.

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Hot Little Hands

by Abigail Ulman

Hot Little Hands is a promising debut story collection focusing on how a diverse group of young women make the difficult transition between childhood and adulthood.

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World Transformation: Freedom by Jeremy Griffith

Media Heat

Thursday, May 26, 2016

KCRW's Bookworm: John D'Agata, author of The Making of the American Essay (Graywolf Press, $25, 9781555977344).

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Fresh Air: J. Kael Weston, author of The Mirror Test: America at War in Iraq and Afghanistan (Knopf, $28.95, 9780385351126).

Diane Rehm
: Governor John Hickenlooper, co-author of The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and Politics (Penguin Press, $30, 9781101981672).

Daily Show: Corey Pegues, author of Once a Cop: The Street, the Law, Two Worlds, One Man (Atria, $26, 9781501110498).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Noah Hawley, author of Before the Fall (Grand Central, $26, 9781455561780).

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Diane Rehm: Barry Meier, author of Missing Man: The American Spy Who Vanished in Iran (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $27, 9780374210458).

Monday, May 23, 2016

Fresh Air: Susan Silverman, author of Casting Lots: Creating a Family in a Beautiful, Broken World (Da Capo, $24.99, 9780306824616).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, co-author of The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and Politics (Penguin Press, $30, 9781101981672).

Thursday, May 19, 2016

KCRW's Bookworm: Valeria Luiselli, author of The Story of My Teeth (Coffee House Press, $16.95, 9781566894098).

Diane Rehm: Roger Thurow, author of The First 1,000 Days: A Crucial Time for Mothers and Children--And the World (PublicAffairs, $26.99, 9781610395854).

Daily Show: Arianna Huffington, author of The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time (Harmony, $26, 9781101904008).
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