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Under the Udala Trees

by Chinelo Okparanta

Marriage equality has created so much conversation in the United States recently that it is perhaps easy to forget that gay rights are a global battleground. This first novel from Chinelo Okparanta (after the story collection Happiness, Like Water) throws into sharp relief the historical and continuing struggles of the LGBTQ population of Nigeria.

After Ijeoma's father dies in a bombing raid during the Nigerian civil war in 1968, she is sent to live with a grammar school teacher and his wife while Ijeoma's

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The Dead Ladies Project: Exiles, Expats & Ex-Countries

by Jessa Crispin

Is it possible for a memoir to be at once introspective and yet fully embedded in the context of the world around it? The Dead Ladies Project seems to suggest that it is--or at least, that Bookslut founder Jessa Crispin is capable of making us believe it is. Crispin's story starts in Chicago, where she is explaining to two well-intentioned police officers that her threats of self-harm will not come to fruition. "It wasn't my physical life that needed to be destroyed," she writes, "only what I was doing with

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The Doldrums

by Nicholas Gannon

In Nicholas Gannon's warm and witty debut novel, The Doldrums, an isolated boy longs for adventure but discovers that friendship offers the most excitement of all.

Eleven-year-old Archer was born into the Helmsley family, best known for the grandparents he never met, Ralph and Rachel Helmsley, explorers extraordinaire who disappeared on an iceberg in Antarctica two years earlier. But Archer's mother fears her son has his daring grandparents' "tendencies, as she so often put it," and rarely permits him to step

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by Peter Kuper

Political cartoonist Kuper offers a poignant, richly illustrated graphic novel of a young New York couple trying to renew their marriage in the Mexican village of Oaxaca.

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The 50 States

by Gabrielle Balkan, illus. by Sol Linero

A delightful, oversized browsers' guide to the United States, with 50 state maps jam-packed with stellar facts of every stripe.

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Media Heat

Thursday, October 1, 2015

On KCRW's Bookworm: Dale Jamieson and Bonnie Nadzam, authors of Love in the Anthropocene (OR Books, 9781939293909).

On Fresh Air: D. Watkins, author of The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black in America (Hot Books, $21.99, 9781510703353).

On Diane Rehm: Steven Lee Myers, author of The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin (Knopf, $32.50, 9780307961617).

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

On Fresh Air: Joby Warrick, author of Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS (Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385538213).

On Diane Rehm: Erica Jong, author of Fear of Dying: A Novel (St. Martin's Press, $26.99, 9781250065919).

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

On Fresh Air: James O'Connell, author of Stories from the Shadows: Reflections of a Street Doctor (BHCHP Press, $19.95, 978-0692412343).

On Diane Rehm: Andrea Wulf, author of The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World (Knopf, $30, 9780385350662).

Monday, September 28, 2015

On Fresh Air: Theresa Brown, author of The Shift: One Nurse, Twelve Hours, Four Patients' Lives (Algonquin, $24.95, 9781616203207).

Thursday, September 24, 2015

On Fresh Air: Jim Gaffigan, author of Food: A Love Story (Three Rivers Press, $15, 9780804140430).

On Diane Rehm: David Maraniss, author of Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story (Simon & Schuster, $32.50, 9781476748382).
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