Starred Review

Man of the Year

by Caroline Louise Walker

Crowned "Sag Harbor Citizen of the Year," Dr. Robert Hart is at a fancy soiree with his wife and son, Elizabeth and Jonah. The one thing sticking in his craw is the presence of Jonah's visiting college friend, Nick. Although Nick has been good for Jonah, Robert's gut is telling him something about the kid isn't quite right, and he bristles when Elizabeth wants Nick included in the family photograph on Robert's big day.

Robert's antennae tingle further when Elizabeth suggests her stepson's friend stay in their

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The Shanghai Free Taxi: Journeys with the Hustlers and Rebels of the New China

by Frank Langfitt

As veteran journalist Frank Langfitt begins his second stint as NPR's China correspondent, he looks for people who will speak openly--not an easy feat in a country known for its tight control of expression. Thus, his free taxi business is born, offering rides in exchange for unfiltered conversation. Shanghai Free Taxi: Journeys with the Hustlers and Rebels of the New China is "a revealing snapshot of China... a striking veneer with cracks just beneath the surface."

Shanghai, with a population of more than

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Camp Tiger

by Susan Choi, illus. by John Rocco

In her picture book debut, adult author Susan Choi (Trust Exercise) teams up with Caldecott Honor recipient John Rocco (Blackout; Noah Builds an Ark) to create a moving story about a young boy finding his independent spirit.

Choi's main character, a dark-haired little boy in a bucket hat and too-big hiking boots, hopes his family's summer camping trip will last forever. He feels apprehensive about starting first grade, and his mother pushes him to be more independent. Arriving at the campsite, the family finds

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Sleepless Summer

by Bram Dehouck, trans. by Jonathan Reeder

Sleepless Summer draws elements from crime fiction and horror to describe a small town's descent into chaos after the installation nearby of a wind farm.

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Girl of the Southern Sea

by Michelle Kadarusman

Aspiring writer Nia longs to attend high school in her Jakarta neighborhood but her plan to earn the necessary fees by taking advantage of local superstitions goes dangerously awry.

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Joe Country

by Mick Herron

In this clever spy thriller, an overabundance of ego and a lack of cooperation between British intelligence services result in two dead bodies.

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Donna Has Left the Building

by Susan Jane Gilman

A disillusioned woman flees her pedestrian Michigan life in a quest for self-fulfillment, but her misadventures lead her around the world and immersion in a global crisis.

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Zenobia July

by Lisa Bunker

For middle-schooler Zenobia July, a fresh start in a new home and new school with new friends means she'll finally be able to live as her authentic self.

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The Islanders

by Meg Mitchell Moore

Three strangers' lives and secrets intertwine on Block Island in Meg Mitchell Moore's breezy, big-hearted fifth novel.

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Fix Her Up

by Tessa Bailey

Fix Her Up is a romance full of laughs and peppered with serious moments dealing with family and friendship.

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G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers: The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante

Media Heat

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Here & Now: Tim McGraw and Jon Meacham, authors of Songs of America: Patriotism, Protest, and the Music That Made a Nation (Random House, $30, 9780593132951).

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Fresh Air: Charles Fishman, author of One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon (Simon & Schuster, $29.99, 9781501106293).
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Ocean Vuong, author of On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel (Penguin Press, $26, 9780525562023).

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Fresh Air: Anna Fifield, author of The Great Successor: The Divinely Perfect Destiny of Brilliant Comrade Kim Jong Un (PublicAffairs, $28, 9781541742482).
Here and Now: Jim Acosta, author of The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America (Harper, $27.99, 9780062916129).

Daily Show: Kwame Onwuachi, co-author of Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir (Knopf, $26, 9781524732622).

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Tim McGraw and Jon Meacham, authors of Songs of America: Patriotism, Protest, and the Music That Made a Nation (Random House, $30, 9780593132951).

Monday, June 10, 2019

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Ash Carter, author of Inside the Five-Sided Box: Lessons from a Lifetime of Leadership in the Pentagon (Dutton, $30, 9781524743918).

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Fresh Air: Jim DeRogatis, author of Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly (Abrams, $26, 9781419740077).
Daily Show: Amber Scorah, author of Leaving the Witness: Exiting a Religion and Finding a Life (Viking, $28, 9780735222540).
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