Starred Review

Orange World and Other Stories

by Karen Russell

Karen Russell, the author of Swamplandia!, offers eight fantastical tales in Orange World and Other Stories. In "The Prospectors," two friends must survive a night at a party of denial-ridden ghosts. In "Bog Girl," a young boy falls in love with a girl he discovers buried in peat and mud in a nearby swamp. Other standouts from the collection include the post-apocalyptic, poisonous Everglades of "The Gondoliers" and the bargain a woman makes with the devil to save her family by breast-feeding a fiend in the

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Hybrida

by Tina Chang

Tina Chang is the poet laureate of Brooklyn and, based on the content of her collection Hybrida, the title is well-deserved. This is a searing, often devastating book of poems that centers on her mixed race child, Roman, and her alarm over his well-being as black men and women are regularly killed by the police: "I envision, now, my son rising, arms above him,/ like hosanna out of a car." Yet Chang is never content to create a hundred stanzas out of a single idea. The book is a weaving of a hundred threads

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Hurricane Season

by Nicole Melleby

Sixth-grader Fig knows a lot about artist Vincent van Gogh now that she's studying his life in art class. Fig isn't interested in art but she enrolled because "art and music, the whole language her dad spoke and played and hummed, made very little sense to her." Fig's dad was once a famous pianist and composer; she believes that learning more about his "language" will help her connect with him. Now, though, he lives in extremes: buzzing with frantic energy, trying to create his art, or barely able to get out

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The Favorite Daughter

by Kaira Rouda

As a narcissistic wife and mother tries to regain control of her image and family, the tragic and devious truths behind her plan begin to rise to the surface.

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If She Wakes

by Michael Koryta

A woman with locked-in syndrome--appearing comatose while being mentally awake--struggles to communicate that she's not only present but the victim of attempted murder.

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Empty Words

by Mario Levrero, trans. by Annie McDermott

Uruguayan novelist Mario Levrero's first novel to be translated into English reflects on the absurdities of life and the written word.

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Flatiron Books: The Guest Book by Sarah Blake

Media Heat

Monday, May 20, 2019

Fresh Air: John Waters, author of Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $27, 9780374214968).
 
Late Show with Stephen Colbert: William H. McRaven, author of Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations (Grand Central, $30, 9781538729748). He is also on CBS This Morning.

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Ann Beattie, author of A Wonderful Stroke of Luck: A Novel (Viking, $25, 9780525557340).

Thursday, May 16, 2019

KCRW's Bookworm: Terrance Hayes, author of American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin (Penguin Books, $18, 9780143133186).
 
Fresh Air: Katherine Eban, author of Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom (Ecco, $28.99, 9780062338785).

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Fresh Air: Howard Stern, author of Howard Stern Comes Again (Simon & Schuster, $35, 9781501194290).

Monday, May 13, 2019

Good Morning America: Howard Stern, author of Howard Stern Comes Again (Simon & Schuster, $35, 9781501194290).

NPR's Here & Now: David Wallace-Wells, author of The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming (Tim Duggan Books, $, 9780525576709).

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Fresh Air: Daniel Okrent, author of The Guarded Gate: Bigotry, Eugenics, and the Law that Kept Two Generations of Jews, Italians, and Other European Immigrants Out of America (Scribner, $32, 9781476798035).
 
The View: Jill Biden, author of Where the Light Enters: Building a Family, Discovering Myself (Flatiron, $27, 9781250182326).
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