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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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Media Heat

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).

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Fresh Air: B.J. Miller, co-author of A Beginner's Guide to the End: Practical Advice for Living Life and Facing Death (Simon & Schuster, $28, 9781501157165).
 
Good Morning America: Danielle Steel, author of Spy: A Novel (Delacorte, $28.99, 9780399179440).

Tonight Show: Tomi Adeyemi, author of Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Holt, $19.99, 9781250170996).

Monday, November 25, 2019

Tonight Show: Michael Eric Dyson, author of Jay-Z: Made in America (St. Martin's Press, $25.99, 9781250230966).

Thursday, November 21, 2019

KCRW's Bookworm: Lynda Barry, author of Making Comics (Drawn and Quarterly, $22.95, 9781770463691).
 
The View: Robert Bilott, author of Exposure: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer's Twenty-Year Battle against DuPont (Atria, $28, 9781501172816).
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