Starred Review

The Witch Elm

by Tana French

Edgar winner Tana French (The Trespasser) diverges from her Dublin Murder Squad procedural series for the first time with a hair-raising standalone that asks if knowing oneself is truly possible.
Toby Hennessy always thought of himself as the lucky sort, until burglars break into his apartment and savagely beat him. Left with fractures and a head injury, he wakes up in the hospital forever changed. Not only does he have a long rehabilitation ahead of him, but the brain trauma has also blurred segments

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Passing for Human: A Graphic Memoir

by Liana Finck

How often do we reinvent ourselves throughout our lifetimes? And what do we gain and lose each time we redefine who we are, to ourselves and to the world at large? These are some of the intriguing questions Liana Finck explores in her graphic memoir, Passing for Human.
In Finck's case, she felt like an outsider, different than most people, with desires and dreams that didn't mesh with the conventional standards of being a woman. She called this otherness her shadow, which disappears and reappears throughout

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Hey, Kiddo

by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

In Hey, Kiddo, author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka puts his talents to use on a sophisticated project: delving into his own chaotic past.
Krosoczka's mother, Leslie, "started using when she was just thirteen years old" and wasn't sure who his father was until Jarrett was born. When Leslie's "terrible decisions" became too dangerous for three-year-old Jarrett, his grandfather Joe insisted on becoming the boy's legal guardian. Jarrett's grandfather, usually depicted puffing a cigarette, frequently

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The Echo Room

by Parker Peevyhouse

In this time-looping sci-fi thriller, two orphaned teens with foggy memories escape a prison only to realize they may have been safer inside.

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So Far So Good

by Ursula K. Le Guin

This is the final book of poetry by the acclaimed author Ursula K. Le Guin, on themes of the natural world, memories, mortality and William Bligh.

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by Michael Harvey

Michael Harvey's second crime novel set in 1970s Boston is rich in the ambience of a city facing problems of race, crime, technology and neighborhood loyalty.

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Thank You, Omu!

by Oge Mora

The tantalizing scent of Omu's stew brings hungry strangers to her door until her intended dinner disappears, but then an impromptu neighborhood feast appears.

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God Is Young

by Pope Francis, trans. by Anne Milano Appel

Pope Francis discusses God, politics and the nature of hope in this extensive book-length interview.

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by Daniel Torday

Daniel Torday tackles the issue of generational conflict in 21st-century America in a sharp satire.

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Callaway Arts & Entertainment: Theophrastus' Characters: An Ancient Take on Bad Behavior by James Romm, translated by Pamela Mensch, illustrated by André Carrilho

Media Heat

Thursday, October 11, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: Gary Shteyngart, author of Lake Success: A Novel (Random House, $28, 9780812997415).

Fresh Air: Vanessa Grigoriadis, author of Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power, and Consent on Campus (Eamon Dolan/Mariner, $15.99, 9781328511935).

Daily Show: Nicole Chung, author of All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir (Catapult, $26, 9781936787975).

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

CBS This Morning: Brené Brown, author of Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. (Random House, $28, 9780399592522).

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Fresh Air: P.W. Singer and Emerson T. Brooking, authors of LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media (Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28, 9781328695741).

Daily Show: Mark Leibovich, author of Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times (Penguin Press, $28, 9780399185427).

Thursday, October 4, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: Patrick deWitt, author of French Exit: A Novel (Ecco, $25.99, 9780062846921).

NPR's Here & Now: Stormy Daniels, author of Full Disclosure (St. Martin's Press, $27.99, 9781250205568).

Tonight Show: Gisele Bündchen, author of Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life (Avery, $28, 9780525538646).

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

NPR's Here and Now: Imogen Hermes Gowar, author of The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock (HarperCollins, $28.99, 9780062859952).

Daily Show: Neil deGrasse Tyson, author of Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military (Norton, $30, 9780393064445).
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