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The Dictionary of Lost Words

by Pip Williams

In her intriguing first historical novel, Pip Williams (One Italian Summer) follows an unconventional woman who makes the Oxford English Dictionary her life's work while secretly collecting working class and women's words deemed unworthy of its pages.

In late 19th-century England, Esme Nicoll spends her childhood hiding under tables in the Scriptorium, a garden shed in Oxford where a team of lexicographers, including her widowed father, work diligently at collecting and editing definitions on paper slips for

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Paradise, Nevada

by Dario Diofebi

In Paradise, Nevada, his staggering debut novel, Dario Diofebi has created a comic epic with the complexity and sweeping emotion to suit its singular setting, Las Vegas.

On a spring night in 2015, a bomb detonates inside the Positano Luxury Resort and Casino, a place built on the same paradoxes as Las Vegas itself, at once "both fiction and reality, both paradise and home." Months before the fateful event, four strangers converge on the Positano seeking salvation from their own personal crises: a digital poker

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I Sang You Down from the Stars

by Tasha Spillett-Sumner, illus. by Michaela Goade

A young Indigenous woman joyously awaits the birth of her child in this celebration of family and tradition by Cree and Trinidadian writer Tasha Spillett-Sumner (Surviving the City), with dazzling illustrations by Tlingit artist and Caldecott Medalist Michaela Goade (We Are Water Protectors).

"I loved you before I met you," the mother says. "Before I held you in my arms,/ I sang you down from the stars." Readers see her gazing up into an amethyst sky at sunset, longing for a child. The swirling white plume

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I'm Waiting for You: And Other Stories

by Bo-Young Kim, trans. by Sophie Bowman, Sung Ryu

Kim Bo-Young, one of Korea's most influential sci-fi literary stars, transforms a friend's request for assistance with a marriage proposal into a compelling four-story collection.

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Northern Heist

by Richard O'Rawe

One of the biggest bank heists in U.K. memory gets a gritty makeover in ex-IRA bank robber Richard O'Rawe's historical thriller.

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Hummingbird Salamander

by Jeff VanderMeer

A curious and entertaining eco-thriller, Hummingbird Salamander serves up a heavy dose of chaotic fun and fast-paced action to balance out its existential dread.

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Broken Horses

by Brandi Carlile

In her superb memoir, singer-songwriter and producer Brandi Carlile tells her captivating story, from hardscrabble beginnings to award-winning success. 

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William Morrow & Company: Mother May I by Joshilyn Jackson

Media Heat

Thursday, April 8, 2021

KCRW's Bookworm: Kazuo Ishiguro, author of Klara and the Sun (Knopf, $28, 9780593318171).

A Little Late with Lilly Singh: Padma Lakshmi, author of Tangy Tart Hot and Sweet: A World of Recipes for Every Day (Hachette Go, $17.99, 9780306926044).

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Here & Now: Julie Lythcott Haims, author of Your Turn: How to Be an Adult (Holt, $26.99, 9781250137777).

Fresh Air: Reem Kassis, author of The Arabesque Table: Contemporary Recipes from the Arab World (Phaidon Press, $39.95, 9781838662516).

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Michio Kaku, author of The God Equation: The Quest for a Theory of Everything (Doubleday, $22, 9780385542746).

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Fresh Air: Hanif Abdurraqib, author of A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance (Random House, $27, 9781984801197).

Today Show: Erin French, author of Finding Freedom: A Cook's Story; Remaking a Life from Scratch (Celadon, $28, 9781250312341).

Good Morning America: Jennifer Barrett, author of Think Like a Breadwinner: A Wealth-Building Manifesto for Women Who Want to Earn More (and Worry Less) (Putnam, $26, 9780593327890).

Late Late Show with James Corden: Neil deGrasse Tyson, co-author of Cosmic Queries: StarTalk's Guide to Who We Are, How We Got Here, and Where We're Going (National Geographic, $30, 9781426221774).

Monday, April 5, 2021

Good Morning America: Brandi Carlile, author of Broken Horses: A Memoir (Crown, $28, 9780593237243).

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: John Cena, author of Do Your Best Every Day to Do Your Best Every Day: Encouraging Words from John Cena (Random House, $14.99, 9780593377222).

Also on the Late Show: Senator Tammy Duckworth, author of Every Day Is a Gift: A Memoir (Twelve, $30, 9781538718506).
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