Starred Review

The Overnight Guest

by Heather Gudenkauf

A terrifying thriller crafted by an acclaimed master of the genre, Heather Gudenkauf's The Overnight Guest is set in the town of Burden, Iowa, where a night of murders still haunts its residents. Gudenkauf merges multiple intriguing storylines, exposing readers to both the horror of the crimes as they unfolded in real time and also the long-term implications for those involved.

In the summer of 2000, Josie Doyle invited her friend Becky Allen to a sleepover at Josie's family farm. Before the night was over,

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Architects of an American Landscape: Henry Hobson Richardson, Frederick Law Olmsted, and the Reimagining of America's Public and Private Spaces

by Hugh Howard

Upon finishing Architects of an American Landscape: Henry Hobson Richardson, Frederick Law Olmsted, and the Reimagining of America's Public and Private Spaces, readers may be inclined to add Richardson's and Olmsted's names to the list of history's great odd couples. Hugh Howard has written a stirring dual biography, documenting how his diametrically opposed subjects' collaborations throughout their two-decade friendship yielded era-defining and enduringly influential design work.

Raised in Hartford, Conn.,

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The Way I Say It

by Nancy Tandon

Middle school can be a minefield, especially when something sets a kid apart. In this honest and funny novel, first-time author Nancy Tandon's empathic account of one boy's trials is likely to strike a chord with many readers.

Starting sixth grade with a speech impediment and an ex-best friend who mocks you with his new friends is the kind of worst-case scenario no kid wants. Eleven-year-old Rory is dreading the school year, so he's surprised when his favorite time of day turns out to be speech therapy. Mr.

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Seoulmates

by Jen Frederick

Jen Frederick's enticing sequel to Heart & Seoul delivers a love-conquers-all international romance with a satisfying contemporary bite.

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The Hummingbird

by Sandro Veronesi, trans. by Elena Pala

This family saga set in Italy, with one life at its center, is moving, literary, philosophical and multi-layered.

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The Final Case

by David Guterson

This superb novel--inspired by an actual court case--confronts the multi-layered failures of family, community and a legal system that allowed a girl adopted from Ethiopia to die in her own backyard.

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Notes on an Execution

by Danya Kukafka

A thoughtful and empathetic portrait of the devastation left in the wake of violence, Notes on an Execution is an atmospheric thriller that doesn't shy away from complexity.

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A History of Me

by Adrea Theodore, illus. by Erin Robinson

A child discovers how to rise above isolation at school in a compassionate and rewarding picture book that portrays how self-esteem and racial pride intersect.

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Her Hidden Genius

by Marie Benedict

Marie Benedict's sixth novel is an overdue portrait of Rosalind Franklin, who played an integral role in the discovery of DNA while enduring chauvinism in her commitment to science.

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Desolation Canyon

by P.J. Tracy

A veteran with PTSD and a police detective team up in a dark, riveting novel that is part psychological thriller and part police procedural.

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William Morrow & Company: Insomnia by Sarah Pinborough

Media Heat

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Tamron Hall: Justice Sonia Sotomayor, author of Just Help!: How to Build a Better World (Philomel, $17.99, 9780593206263).

Also on Tamron Hall: Rachel Lindsay, author of Miss Me with That: Hot Takes, Helpful Tidbits, and a Few Hard Truths (Ballantine, $26, 9780593357071).

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Fresh Air: Imani Perry, author of South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation (Ecco, $28.99, 9780062977403).
 
Good Morning America: Jay Glazer, author of Unbreakable: How I Turned My Depression and Anxiety into Motivation and You Can Too (‎Dey Street, $27.99, 9780063062856).

Today Show: Justice Sonia Sotomayor, author of Just Help!: How to Build a Better World (Philomel, $17.99, 9780593206263).

Drew Barrymore Show: Huma Abedin, author of Both/And: A Life in Many Worlds (Scribner, $30, 9781501194801).

The View: Rachel Lindsay, author of Miss Me with That: Hot Takes, Helpful Tidbits, and a Few Hard Truths (Ballantine, $26, 9780593357071).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Mike Schur, author of How to Be Perfect: The Correct Answer to Every Moral Question (Simon & Schuster, $28.99, 9781982159313).

Monday, January 24, 2022

Good Morning America: Amy Weatherly and Jess Johnston, authors of I'll Be There (But I'll Be Wearing Sweatpants) (Nelson, $18.99, 9781400226757).

Today Show: Marc Brown, author of Believe in Yourself: What We Learned from Arthur (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $15.99, 9780759554566).

Fresh Air: Dana Stevens, author of Camera Man: Buster Keaton, the Dawn of Cinema, and the Invention of the Twentieth Century (Atria, $29.99, 9781501134197).

Tamron Hall: Ginger Zee, author of A Little Closer to Home: How I Found the Calm After the Storm (Hyperion Avenue, $26, 9781368042000).

Thursday, January 20, 2022

KCRW's Bookworm: John Keene, author of Punks: New & Selected Poems (The Song Cave, $20, 9781737277521).

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

CBS This Morning: Kimberly Jones, author of How We Can Win: Race, History and Changing the Money Game That's Rigged (Holt, $23.99, 9781250805126).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Huma Abedin, author of Both/And: A Life in Many Worlds (Scribner, $30, 9781501194801).
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