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The Enlightened Army

by David Toscana, trans. by David William Foster

Early in Mexican author David Toscana's The Enlightened Army, a friend of the protagonist Ignacio Matus asks him to "just promise me that this adventure is for the fatherland, and not revenge for the medal the gringos stole from you." Matus, a history teacher, still grieves the outcome of the Mexican-American War--in 1848--and his "adventure" is to lead a group of pubescent students from Mexico into Texas to reconquer the Alamo. The medal refers to an Olympic bronze that Matus believes he deserved--he staged

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Bluff City: The Secret Life of Photographer Ernest Withers

by Preston Lauterbach

Delving into the life of Memphis photographer Ernest Withers, popular historian Preston Lauterbach (Beale Street Dynasty) offers readers a new vantage point on a pivotal time in United States history. Withers began his informal training in photography as a teenager. In the army, he received a formal education in the art and its related technology as part of his basic training. And when he deployed to the South Pacific during World War II, Withers picked up a side gig taking pictures for soldiers to send home

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The Wicked King

by Holly Black

In The Cruel Prince, human Jude used her place among fey royalty and her training as a knight to install a puppet monarch on the throne. Doing so meant working closely with her bitter rival, the hateful Prince Cardan, but allowed her to keep her murderous adoptive father, Madoc, off the throne, and her young, fey brother, Oak, safe from the court. 

The Wicked King sees Jude playing the part of seneschal to High King Cardan, though, in truth, she is "the hand behind the throne." She's tricked Cardan into

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Joy Enough

by Sarah McColl

Sarah McColl's luminous debut memoir explores her mother's life story and her fierce commitment to joy.

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The Blood

by E.S. Thomson

Featuring a feminist Sherlock Holmes in a Dickensian setting, The Blood delivers quick pacing and satisfyingly grotesque set pieces.

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Dragon Pearl

by Yoon Ha Lee

Dragon Pearl takes readers on an epic journey to a diverse, inclusive world effortlessly infused with elements of Korean mythology.

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Broken Ground

by Val McDermid

A shocking cold case will unveil secrets involving the highest echelons of Scottish power in Val McDermid's new thriller.

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Annelies

by David R. Gillham

David Gillham's powerful second novel vividly imagines Anne Frank struggling to adjust to life in postwar Amsterdam.

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Media Heat

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Fresh Air: Jon Ward, author of Camelot's End: Kennedy vs. Carter and the Fight that Broke the Democratic Party (Twelve, $28, 9781455591381).

Monday, January 7, 2019

Fresh Air: Hillary Frank, author of Weird Parenting Wins: Bathtub Dining, Family Screams, and Other Hacks from the Parenting Trenches (TarcherPerigee, $17, 9780143132554).
 
The View: Malala Yousafzai, author of We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World (Little, Brown, $18.99, 9780316523646).

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

CBS This Morning: Gisele Bündchen, author of Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life (Avery, $28, 9780525538646).

Daily Show: Charlamagne Tha God, author of Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me (Touchstone, $26, 9781501193255).

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Tonight Show: Michelle Obama, author of Becoming (Crown, $32.50, 9781524763138).

Monday, December 17, 2018

Fresh Air: David W. Blight, author of Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom (Simon & Schuster, $37.50, 9781416590316).
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