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Eclipse: Journeys to the Dark Side of the Moon

by Frank Close

Theoretical physicist Frank Close (The Particle Odyssey) chases a natural phenomenon that has haunted humankind since time immemorial in his enlightening science memoir Eclipse: Journeys to the Dark Side of the Moon.

Close is a professor of physics at Oxford University and former head of the theoretical physics division at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. Despite his hefty credentials, he eschews overly technical scientific jargon for a down-to-earth, lyrical account of solar eclipses, centering on his trips

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Mark Z. Danielewski's House of Leaves: Bookmarked

by Michael Seidlinger

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski is a postmodern typographical puzzle about a suburban home that's bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. Danielewski combines haunted house horror, domestic drama and paranoid obsession into a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. He layers narrative upon narrative: Johnny Truant, an unstable first-person narrator, curates and comments on the disorganized works of Zampanò, a recently deceased blind man who was studying The Navidson Record, a

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The Doorman's Repose

by Chris Raschka

Two stories about Mr. Bunchley, the new doorman at 777 Garden Street on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, frame this endearing, imaginative collection by Caldecott Award winner Chris Raschka.

Mr. Bunchley, who goes against the grain himself by preferring to talk flowers over baseball, opens the door to reveal the quirky inhabitants of this grand old (and equally quirky) apartment building, a "neo-proto-Aztec-Egyptian-Gothic"-style affair. Fred is the mysterious veteran of "some kind of war" who regulates gravity

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by Alan Felsenthal

A respected poetry publisher's debut is an elegant, multi-dimensional collection.

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Media Heat

Thursday, May 18, 2017

KCRW's Bookworm: Brad Gooch, author of Rumi's Secret: The Life of the Sufi Poet of Love (Harper, $28.99, 9780061999147).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Jeffrey Tambor, author of Are You Anybody?: A Memoir (Crown Archetype, $27, 9780451496355).

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Fresh Air: Ari Berman, author of Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America (Picador, $18, 9781250094728).

Daily Show: Susan Burton, co-author of Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women (The New Press, $25.95, 9781620972120).

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Daily Show: Gabourey Sidibe, author of This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $25, 9780544786769).

Monday, May 15, 2017

Daily Show: Timothy Snyder, author of On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century (Tim Duggan, $7.99, 9780804190114).

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

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Senator Ben Sasse, author of The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis--and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance (St. Martin's Press, $27.99, 9781250114402).

CBS This Morning: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, author of Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court (Grand Central, $29, 9781455542277).

Thursday, May 11, 2017

KCRW's Bookworm: Richard Bausch, author of Living in the Weather of the World: Stories (Knopf, $25.95, 9780451494825).
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