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Father's Day

by Simon Van Booy

Simon Van Booy (The Illusion of Separateness) celebrates the parent-child bond through the story of an orphaned girl named Harvey, and the seemingly unsuitable uncle called upon to become her new father.

Van Booy follows two distinct periods in Harvey's life. The first begins with a visit to a duck pond with her father during early childhood; the other is set in Paris on Father's Day where Harvey, now grown, waits for her father to visit her. However, the men Harvey calls "Dad" are not the same person. When

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I Let You Go

by Clare Mackintosh

One minute, a young mother is walking home with her five-year-old son, Jacob. The next, he's dead, hit by a car; the driver takes off without stopping.

Jenna is shattered by the car accident. She leaves her house one day with no destination in mind, wanting only to get lost. She ends up in a remote Welsh seaside town, where she rents a rundown cottage and starts rebuilding her life.

Detective Inspector Ray Stevens and his junior officer, Detective Constable Kate Evans, catch the case but months pass with

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Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?

by Frans de Waal

Frans de Waal, celebrated biologist, primatologist and author of works such as The Bonobo and the Atheist, has a grudge to settle with animal intelligence skeptics. In Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?, de Waal challenges the long-held belief that "there was no need to worry about the internal lives of animals, and anyone who did was anthropomorphic, romantic, or unscientific." The title is an excellent summary of its contents, which is largely an argument against human-centric notions of

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Media Heat

Monday, May 2, 2016

Fresh Air: John Doe, co-author of Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk (Da Capo, $26.99, 9780306824081).

Diane Rehm: Michael Pollan, author, most recently, of Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation (Penguin Books, $17, 9780143125334).

On Point: Angela Duckworth, author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance (Scribner, $28, 9781501111105).

Thursday, April 28, 2016

KCRW's Bookworm: David Means, author of Hystopia: A Novel (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $26, 9780865479135).

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Diane Rehm: readers review My Name Is Lucy Barton: A Novel By Elizabeth Strout (Random House, $26, 9781400067695).

Daily Show: McKay Coppins, author of The Wilderness: Deep Inside the Republican Party's Combative, Contentious, Chaotic Quest to Take Back the White House (Little, Brown, $28, 9780316327411).

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Diane Rehm: Michael Kinsley, author of Old Age: A Beginner's Guide (Tim Duggan, $18, 9781101903766).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Tony Tulathimutte, author of Private Citizens: A Novel (Morrow, $14.99, 9780062399106).

Monday, April 25, 2016

Fresh Air: Mark Landler, author of Alter Egos: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and the Twilight Struggle Over American Power (Random House, $28, 9780812998856).

Diane Rehm: Pamela Haag, author of The Gunning of America: Business and the Making of American Gun Culture (Basic Books, $29.99, 9780465048953).
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