Starred Review

Get a Life, Chloe Brown

by Talia Hibbert

Illness and disability are central to the U.S. debut novel from prolific British author Talia Hibbert. This first in a proposed series begins with Chloe Brown--a British woman of color who battles the invisible yet chronic and debilitatingly painful effects of fibromyalgia. As Chloe takes her daily walk--as prescribed by her physiotherapist--she witnesses a horrific car accident that nearly involves her. Shocked, the lovably eccentric, single computer geek walks away uninjured, and decides she wants more out

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Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Reliving

by Mo Rocca, Jonathan Greenberg

A good obituary is a thing of beauty. With "the sweeping drama of a life packed into a few inches of print," an obit aims to give each one of us the sendoff we deserve. But not always, and that's where Mo Rocca comes in.

In Mobituaries, a companion to the podcast of the same name, Rocca shares "mobits" for people who didn't quite get their due initially. Consider Beau Brummell, who almost single-handedly changed men's fashion, but suffered from syphilis-induced dementia at the end and died penniless. Vaughn

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Johnny's Pheasant

by Cheryl Minnema, illus. by Julie Flett

While driving home from the market, young Johnny asks his grandmother to pull over: he has spotted something by the side of the road. It turns out to be a pheasant; "Can I keep him?" he asks. Grandma is leery. She tells Johnny that she suspects that the bird has been struck by a car. Still, she acquiesces: "I can sure use his feathers for my craftwork." Johnny responds: "Hoot! Hoot!--the first of several such gleeful-goofy outbursts.

Once they've returned home, Johnny sets the pheasant in a box ("his bed until

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Shelf Discovery

Not a Bean

by Claudia Guadalupe Martinez, illus. by Laura González

The life cycle of the jumping bean moth is detailed in this picture book that also includes an introduction to Spanish numbers and vocabulary.

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The Innocents

by Michael Crummey

Inventive, dark, pathos-evoking, this sensitive novel of survival and discovery asks just how far innocence stretches in a remote cove of Newfoundland.

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr): Vroom! by Barbara McClintock

Media Heat

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Daily Show: Lupita Nyong'o, author of Sulwe (Simon & Schuster, $17.99, 9781534425361).
Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Samantha Power, author of The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir (Dey Street Books, $29.99, 9780062820693).

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Fresh Air: Peter Bergen, author of Trump and His Generals: The Cost of Chaos (Penguin Press, $30, 9780525522416).

Monday, December 9, 2019

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Tom Brokaw, author of The Fall of Richard Nixon: A Reporter Remembers Watergate (Random House, $27, 9781400069705).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Michael Lewis, author of The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy (Norton, $16.95, 9780393357455).

Thursday, December 5, 2019

KCRW's Bookworm: Lawrence Weschler, author of And How Are You, Dr. Sacks?: A Biographical Memoir of Oliver Sacks (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $28, 9780374236410).

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Fresh Air: Adam Minter, author of Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garbage Sale (Bloomsbury, $28, 9781635570106).
The View: Michael Eric Dyson, author of Jay-Z: Made in America (St. Martin's Press, $25.99, 9781250230966).
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