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Bitter Orange

by Claire Fuller

Bitter Orange, Claire Fuller's follow-up to Swimming Lessons (2017), details the life of a woman obsessed with the young couple she lives above. It's 1969, and for the first time, Frances is leading a life independent of her mother. She's come to Lyntons, an old British country house, to study the gardens, but is distracted by Peter and Cara, who seem to be just as infatuated with her as she is with them. The three drink, eat and lounge the summer away together, but soon their relationships turn stale. Frances

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Everything's Trash, but It's Okay

by Phoebe Robinson

The title of comedian Phoebe Robinson's second book of essays may sound glib, but she means it seriously: Everything's Trash, but It's Okay. According to Robinson (You Can't Touch My Hair), everyone--nuns, parents, celebrities and the author herself--has ridiculous moments. And between climate change, battles for human rights, the resurgence of neo-Nazis and much more, the problems in the world can feel overwhelming. But, Robinson says, recognizing that everything is trash allows us to see ourselves and the

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Louisiana's Way Home

by Kate DiCamillo

Readers who first met Louisiana Elefante in Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo's Raymie Nightingale will be thrilled to get to know her better in Louisiana's Way Home. According to the quietly dramatic 12-year-old, this stand-alone middle-grade novel is "a long and tragic story full of dark alleys and twists and turns and many unexpected happenings." Oh, "[a]nd also curses." The curse is one of "sundering," attached to the story of Louisiana's great-grandfather, a "most elegant and deceitful" magician, who in

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by Molly Idle

In Caldecott artist Molly Idle's Pearl, a young mermaid is disappointed with the seemingly menial job she is assigned until, with perseverance, she realizes the remarkable power of small actions.

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Forever and a Day

by Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz recounts James Bond's inaugural assignment as 007, investigating murder and the drug trade on the French Riviera.

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Aladdin: Limitless: 24 Remarkable American Women of Vision, Grit, and Guts by Leah Tinari

Media Heat

Thursday, November 15, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: Brian Phillips, author of Impossible Owls: Essays (FSG Originals, $16, 9780374175337).

NPR's Marketplace: Thomas Ramge, co-author of The Global Economy as You've Never Seen It: 99 Ingenious Infographics That Put It All Together (The Experiment, $35, 9781615195176).

Daily Show: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, author of Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote (Knopf, $18.99, 9780525579014).

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Fresh Air: Karina Longworth, author of Seduction: Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes's Hollywood (Custom House, $29.99, 9780062440518).

Good Morning America: Michelle Obama, author of Becoming (Crown, $32.50, 9781524763138).

Daily Show: Jenifer Lewis, author of The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir (Amistad, $15.99, 9780062410412).

Monday, November 12, 2018

Fresh Air: Rob Dunn, author of Never Home Alone: From Microbes to Millipedes, Camel Crickets, and Honeybees, the Natural History of Where We Live (Basic Books, $28, 9781541645769).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: David Sedaris, author of Calypso (Little, Brown, $28, 9780316392389).

Thursday, November 8, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: Eileen Myles, author of Evolution (Grove Press, $25, 9780802128508).

NPR's 1A: Irene Butter, author of Shores Beyond Shores: From Holocaust to Hope, My True Story (White River Press, $20, 9781935052708).

The View: April Ryan, author of Under Fire: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House (Rowman & Littlefield, $24.95, 9781538113363).

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, author of Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote (Knopf, $18.99, 9780525579014).

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Daily Show: Rebecca Traister, author of Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger (Simon & Schuster, $27, 9781501181795).

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Major Garrett, author of Mr. Trump's Wild Ride (All Points Books, $28.99, 9781250185914).
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