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How Long 'Til Black Future Month?: Stories

by N.K. Jemisin

In the introduction to her first collection of short stories, Hugo Award winner N.K. Jemisin addresses the role of short story writing in her development as a writer. She explains: "Shorts gave me space to experiment with unusual plots and story forms--future tense, epistolic format, black characters." The 22 stories here (four of which have not been published before) are a testament to this experimental style. They range from a few pages to a few dozen pages; narrative perspective shifts from first person

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Breakfast with Einstein: The Exotic Physics of Everyday Objects

by Chad Orzel

In Breakfast with Einstein: The Exotic Physics of Everyday Objects, physicist and professor Chad Orzel  (How to Teach Quantum Physics to Your Dog) continues to make quantum physics not only accessible, but immensely enjoyable for non-scientists. "[It] turns out that our everyday world is profoundly influenced by the 'exotic' and 'abstract' phenomena of quantum physics," Orzel declares. And in each chapter he explains the science behind a particular quantum marvel and connects it to an everyday occurrence

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The Prophet Calls

by Melanie Sumrow

Thirteen-year-old Gentry Forrester loves music and playing her violin more than anything else, and she hopes to perform with her brother, Tanner, in the Santa Fe Music Festival. She and her 21 siblings live in the small polygamist community of Watchful, N.Mex., where they dutifully await (and follow) the commands from God handed down through the Prophet, who calls weekly from prison. Since Gentry just turned 13, it's time to prepare for her future as a wife and mother. But Gentry has her misgivings: "I know

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Lost Lake

by Emily Littlejohn

A Colorado police officer deals with a complicated personal life while trying to solve multiple crimes.

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Media Heat

Monday, December 17, 2018

Fresh Air: David W. Blight, author of Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom (Simon & Schuster, $37.50, 9781416590316).

Thursday, December 13, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: Katharine Weber, author of Still Life with Monkey (Paul Dry Books, $16.95, 9781589881297).
Daily Show: Bob Woodward, author of Fear (Simon & Schuster, $30, 9789526532998).

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Anthony Atamanuik, co-author of American Tantrum: The Donald J. Trump Presidential Archives (Morrow, $24.99, 9780062851888).

Monday, December 10, 2018

Fresh Air: Samuel Schwartz, author of No One at the Wheel: Driverless Cars and the Road of the Future (PublicAffairs, $28, 9781610398657).
Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Leadership: In Turbulent Times (Simon & Schuster, $30, 9781476795928).

Thursday, December 6, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: Barbara Kingsolver, author of Unsheltered: A Novel (Harper, $29.99, 9780062684561).

Fresh Air: Samin Nosrat, author of Salt Fat Acid Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking (Simon & Schuster, $35, 9781476753836).
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