Starred Review

The Lost Future of Pepperharrow

by Natasha Pulley

In this engrossing follow-up to The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, British novelist Natasha Pulley returns to the 1880s, trading Victorian Britain for a steampunk-influenced Japan, where her heroes encounter a ghostly mystery while shaping international events. 

Synesthetic translator and pianist Thaniel initially balks when the British Foreign Office assigns him to Tokyo. The job takes on greater appeal when his lover, Mori, a watchmaker and samurai who can remember potential futures, offers to join

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The Velvet Rope Economy: How Inequality Became Big Business

by Nelson D. Schwartz

New York Times business reporter Nelson D. Schwartz's deceptively breezy The Velvet Rope Economy offers an all-inclusive VIP survey of one ever-widening American gulf: the divide between the first-class, fast-pass, pay-for-comfort experiences of a wealthy elite, and the slow, soiling reality shared by us suckers in steerage.

Schwartz guides readers into the worlds of high-end cruise packages, exclusive airport terminals, luxury ballpark suites and line-jumping amusement park tickets, illuminating the history,

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We Are Water Protectors

by Carole Lindstrom, illus. by Michaela Goade

Flowing words by Carole Lindstrom and lush art by Michaela Goade appear in immaculate synchronicity on every page of We Are Water Protectors. A young girl, instructed by her wise Nokomis--grandmother--acts as the story's guide, creating a beckoning entry for even young children to become conscious of the plight of Mother Earth.

"Water is the first medicine," the girl repeats Nokomis's lesson. "It nourished us inside our mother's body. As it nourishes us here on Mother Earth." Despite humanity's irrefutable

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This Town Sleeps

by Dennis E. Staples

A young gay man on an Ojibwe reservation in northern Minnesota awakens a tragic spirit in this elegiac exploration of family, community and identity.

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Mercy House

by Alena Dillon

This moving debut about nuns fighting to protect their women's shelter from a doctrinaire bishop conveys the painful trials they face while remaining steadfast in their love for each other.

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by Michael Farris Smith

A directionless man trying to come to terms with his past confronts more than he bargained for when he returns to the town of his tragic childhood.

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Post Hill Press: Finding Mrs. Ford by Deborah Goodrich Royce

Media Heat

Thursday, March 26, 2020

KCRW's Bookworm: Rebecca Solnit, author of Recollections of My Nonexistence: A Memoir (Viking, $26, 9780593083338).

Monday, March 23, 2020

The View: Rahm Emanuel, author of The Nation City: Why Mayors Are Now Running the World (Knopf, $26.95, 9780525656388).

Thursday, March 19, 2020

KCRW's Bookworm: Stephen Wright, author of Processed Cheese: A Novel (Little, Brown, $28, 9780316043373).

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Fresh Air: Jesse Wegman, author of Let the People Pick the President: The Case for Abolishing the Electoral College (St. Martin's Press, $27.99, 9781250221971).

Thursday, March 12, 2020

KCRW's Bookworm: Jenny Offill, author of Weather (Knopf, $23.95, 9780385351102).
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