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Stories from the Tenants Downstairs

by Sidik Fofana

Stories from the Tenants Downstairs, Sidik Fofana's electric debut, consists of eight stories featuring eight residents of a low-income apartment building in Harlem where rents are rising and eviction notices are multiplying. These men and women struggle at the edge of making ends meet and cope by various means, including hard work, stiff upper lips, bluffing, bluster and despair.

Mimi runs a hair salon out of apartment 14D, spends beyond her means and dreams of a house in the suburbs with her son's father,

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Magnolia: Poems

by Nina Mingya Powles

Magnolia, the lush first poetry collection of 39 pieces by essayist Nina Mingya Powles (Small Bodies of Water), crosses cultures and languages, searching for a home amidst a riot of colorful flora. "Mulan" translates as magnolia, and Disney's take on the Chinese legend of Mulan, as well as the magnolia tree and its hue, are recurring references. For the mixed-race Powles, the film was an introduction to Asian representation: "The first movie I watched with a Chinese character in it was Mulan./ To help

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Goblin Market

by Diane Zahler

Goblin Market is a delightfully imaginative story about the unbreakable bond between two sisters--one who unknowingly falls in love with a goblin, and the other who is driven to save her.

Sisters Lizzie and Minka are extremely close despite being very different: vivacious and outgoing Minka enjoys going into town; quiet and introspective Lizzie, for whom "each sound [is] a color," prefers to stay home. One day, when Minka comes home from the market, Lizzie notices that her words are "a little brighter than

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Slenderman: Online Obsession, Mental Illness, and the Violent Crime of Two Midwestern Girls

by Kathleen Hale

One of the most notorious crimes of the Internet Age took place in Waukesha, Wis., on May 31, 2014, when two 12-year-old girls stabbed a third girl 19 times, in order to appease a fictional ghoul they had become obsessed with online. As the victim recovered in a hospital and the assailants awaited trial, the media went viral with what was soon fearsomely misconstrued as the "Slenderman killings." But in the wildly unsettling Slenderman, Kathleen Hale, who originally covered the case for Vice, finds

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The Devouring Wolf

by Natalie C. Parker

Five tweens stand between their werewolf pack and a magic-devouring monster in Natalie C. Parker's first middle-grade novel.

"All her life, Riley Callahan had been looking forward to becoming a real wolf." Twelve-year-old "mosaic-green"-eyed Riley is the daughter of two werewolves and expects to join her family's pack when she transforms into a wolf "on the night of the first full moon of summer." But Riley and four other kids don't change when the full moon arrives. None of the pack leaders have an explanation

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As It Turns Out: Thinking About Edie and Andy

by Alice Sedgwick Wohl

It was likely with tongue in cheek that Andy Warhol titled one of his movies starring Edie Sedgwick (1943-1971) Poor Little Rich Girl. That's precisely how the world saw Sedgwick: "The gossip columns called her a debutante, an heiress, and a Boston Brahmin, but Edie was nothing of the sort." So writes Alice Sedgwick Wohl, Sedgwick's older sister, in As It Turns Out: Thinking About Edie and Andy, a remarkable biography centered on a tragic American icon.

As It Turns Out has three parts, each of which offers

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Estates Large and Small

by Ray Robertson

The life of a middle-aged used bookseller in Toronto might not sound like promising fictional material, but in Estates Large and Small, Canadian novelist and critic Ray Robertson provides a warmhearted and unconventional love story that's also an opportunity for a gentle encounter with some of life's fundamental questions.

After a rent increase and the complications of commerce in the time of covid-19 force Phil Cooper to close his physical bookstore, he moves his inventory of 10,000 books online. When

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Stay Awake

by Megan Goldin

Liv Reese doesn't know why she has a bloody knife or why police are in pursuit of her; she only knows she must stay awake to unravel this mind-bending murder mystery.

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The Neighborhood

by Matthew Betley

Standing in the way of deadly mercenaries who search a gated community for a package is an ex-marine in this explosively charged thriller.

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Lucy Checks In

by Dee Ernst

Dee Ernst's Lucy Checks In is a sparkling romantic comedy about a down-on-her-luck, middle-aged hospitality manager who heads to France to revive a historic hotel.

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by Winnie M. Li

Winnie M. Li's Complicit is a dynamically written and all-too-real novel of sexual assault within the film industry.

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To Kill a Troubadour

by Martin Walker

When a local police chief is called on to help solve a complicated terrorist plot, he learns his own local community and friends are at risk.

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Mad About You

by Mhairi McFarlane

This satisfying story of a woman facing down her toxic exes can be harrowing but boasts Mhairi McFarlane's trademark humor.

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Dirt Creek

by Hayley Scrivenor

A 12-year-old girl's disappearance from an economically depressed Australian town captures the disintegration of families, friendships and innocence in this stunning debut novel.

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by Jesse Ball

A series of non sequiturs about the author's life produces a singular portrait of sadness, eccentricity and loss.

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Media Heat

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Fresh Air: Beth Macy, author of Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America (Back Bay Books, $17.99, 9780316551304).

Monday, August 15, 2022

Tonight Show: Gabrielle Zevin, author of Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow: A Novel (Knopf, $28, 9780593321201).

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Fresh Air: Paul Holes, co-author of Unmasked: My Life Solving America's Cold Cases (Celadon Books, $28.99, 9781250622792).
Today Show: Colson Whitehead, author of Harlem Shuffle: A Novel (Anchor, $17, 9780525567271).

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Fresh Air: Dana Milbank, author of The Destructionists: The Twenty-Five Year Crack-Up of the Republican Party (Doubleday, $30, 9780385548137).
CBS Mornings: Sen. Tim Scott, author of America, a Redemption Story: Choosing Hope, Creating Unity (Thomas Nelson, $28.99, 9781400236497).

Good Morning America: Jennette McCurdy, author of I'm Glad My Mom Died (Simon & Schuster, $27.99, 9781982185824).

Monday, August 8, 2022

Good Morning America: Emiko Jean, author of Mika in Real Life: A Novel (Morrow, $27.99, 9780063215689).
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