Starred Review

Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice

by Rupa Marya, Raj Patel

Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice invites readers on an illuminating journey through the human body, exploring the inflammatory damage wrought by poverty, racism and injustice. Rupa Marya, a physician, and Raj Patel (The Value of Nothing) encourage a renewed, post-pandemic reckoning with ongoing systems of oppression.

"Inflammation" is used as a medical term as well as a metaphor for the damaged state of our overheated planet as Marya and Patel take aim at the dehumanizing impact of colonialism's

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Pilgrim Bell: Poems

by Kaveh Akbar

Pilgrim Bell, the second poetry collection by Kaveh Akbar (Calling a Wolf a Wolf), is a playful and profound meditation on life as a Muslim American.

Scriptural themes and echoes abound here. Prose poem "The Miracle" is about Muhammad the Prophet, an illiterate man who nevertheless read God's words at an angel's command. Akbar ponders the fears and addictions that hold people back from assenting to revelation. The multi-part title piece probes identity, forgiveness and vulnerability. Its short, punctuated

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I Am the Subway

by Kim Hyo-eun, trans. by Deborah Smith

The Seoul subway system's line #2 is a circular route that's also the city's busiest; it happens to include Gangnam--as in "Gangnam Style"--among its dozens of popular stations. Author/illustrator Kim Hyo-eun's magnificent I Am the Subway highlights a train traveling along the clockwise inner circle, with passengers--rushing, relaxing, attentive, distracted--continually boarding and disembarking as they move about their day. Each gets a moment to share their thoughts, while the subway's lulling "ba-dum, ba-dum

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The People We Keep

by Allison Larkin

In this propulsive, empathetic novel, a teenaged singer-songwriter takes to the road, both hoping for and running from an experience of love and acceptance.

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Rabbit Hole

by Mark Billingham

In this gripping standalone from British author Mark Billingham, a former police detective admitted to a psych ward tries to solve two murders while working on her own mental health.

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Media Heat

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Good Morning America: Stephen King, author of Billy Summers (Scribner, $30, 9781982173616).

Also on GMA: Sarah Ferguson, author of Her Heart for a Compass: A Novel (Morrow, $28.99, 9780062976529).

Fresh Air: James Lapine, author of Putting It Together: How Stephen Sondheim and I Created 'Sunday in the Park with George' (FSG, $40, 9780374200091).

Monday, August 2, 2021

Tamron Hall: Rebecca Minkoff, author of Fearless: The New Rules for Unlocking Creativity, Courage, and Success (‎HarperCollins, $25.99, 9781400220717).

The View: Mary L. Trump, author of The Reckoning: Our Nation's Trauma and Finding a Way to Heal (‎St. Martin's Press, $28.99, 9781250278456).

Thursday, July 29, 2021

KCRW's Bookworm: part two of an interview with Yaa Gyasi, author of Transcendent Kingdom (‎Vintage, $16, 9781984899767).

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Fresh Air: Dr. Leana Wen, author of Lifelines: A Doctor's Journey in the Fight for Public Health (Metropolitan Books, $27.99, 9781250186232).

Good Morning America: Mena Suvari, author of The Great Peace: A Memoir (Hachette Books, $28, 9780306874529).

Also on GMA: Tyler Cameron, author of You Deserve Better: What Life Has Taught Me About Love, Relationships, and Becoming Your Best Self (Plume, $26, 9780593183564).

Monday, July 26, 2021

Good Morning America: Georgina Pazcoguin, author of Swan Dive: The Making of a Rogue Ballerina (Holt, $27.99, 9781250244307).
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