Starred Review

The Nickel Boys

by Colson Whitehead

The Nickel Boys forgoes the fantastical touches of Colson Whitehead's previous book, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Underground Railroad, for a no-less-harrowing account of a vicious reform school in the Jim Crow-era South.

Whitehead's protagonist is Elwood Curtis, a black boy living in Tallahassee, Fla., in the early 1960s. Elwood is something of an idealist, listening repeatedly to a recording of Martin Luther King Jr.'s speeches and taking to heart his moral vision. Elwood clings to this

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Everything Below the Waist: Why Health Care Needs a Feminist Revolution

by Jennifer Block

In her well-received first book, Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care, feminist journalist Jennifer Block exposed the concerning aspects of maternity care in the United States. With Everything Below the Waist, she sounds an alarm about the condition of women's health care in America, where women run greater risks of reproductive system surgery than in any other developed nation. Partly supported by a Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant, Block's chilling exposé

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Hungry Hearts: 13 Tales of Food & Love

by Elsie Chapman, Caroline Tung Richmond, editors

In Elsie Chapman (A Thousand Beginnings and Endings) and Caroline T. Richmond's (The Darkest Hour) Hungry Hearts, 13 stories of how people show "love through food" unfold and intertwine in the neighborhood of Hungry Heart Row. Featuring tales told from diverse points of view that discuss loss, love, family and how food can bring people of all cultures together, this collection of connected short stories combines a number of different genres--fantasy, crime, mystery, magical realism, romance--to create a vibrant

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Window on the Bay

by Debbie Macomber

Two middle-aged divorcées--friends since college--find their plans to visit Paris complicated by familial demands and the prospects of new love.

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Deep River

by Karl Marlantes

This epic family saga follows three Finnish immigrant siblings in turn-of-the-century Pacific Northwest logging country as the world around them is in flux.

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Hot Comb

by Ebony Flowers

Ebony Flowers pushes the bounds of the comic form in this intimate and poignant portrait of black womanhood.

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Media Heat

Monday, July 15, 2019

CBS This Morning: Colson Whitehead, author of The Nickel Boys: A Novel (Doubleday, $24.95, 9780385537070).

Thursday, July 11, 2019

CBS This Morning: Tim Alberta, author of American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump (Harper, $29.99, 9780062896445).

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

CBS This Morning: Lisa Taddeo, author of Three Women (Avid Reader Press/Simon & Schuster, $27, 9781451642292).
The View: Ellie Kemper, author of My Squirrel Days: Tales from the Star of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and The Office (Scribner, $17, 9781501163357).

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Fresh Air: Ari Berman, author of Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America (Picador, $20, 9781250094728).

Monday, July 8, 2019

Fresh Air: Travis Rieder, author of In Pain: A Bioethicist's Personal Struggle with Opioids (Harper, $27.99, 9780062854643).
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