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A People's History of Heaven

by Mathangi Subramanian

In her poetic first novel for adults, A People's History of Heaven, Indian American author Mathangi Subramanian (Dear Mrs. Naidu) imagines the lives of five teen girls in a Bangalore slum on the brink of destruction.

"Heaven" takes its name from the Sanskrit words on a nearby sign, though the "ragged jigsaw of tilted tents, angry quilt of rusted roofs, maze of sagging sofas" make the ramshackle neighborhood look anything but celestial. In fact, the government has sent a demolition crew to tear down Heaven

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On Being 40(ish)

by Lindsey Mead, editor

In On Being 40(ish), 15 women muse on what being 40 years old--give or take--means in their lives. This anthology, edited by freelance writer Lindsey Mead, offers diverse viewpoints and concerns but as a whole aims to inspire. As Mead writes in her introduction, "These are not reflections on the dying of the light, but rather a full-throated celebration of what it means to be an adult woman at this moment in history."

The contents are varied, including celebrations, uncertainties and elegies. Some writers

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The Boy Who Grew a Forest: The True Story of Jadav Payeng

by Sophia Gholz, illus. by Kayla Harren

Debut author Sophia Gholz tells the inspiring story of Jadav "Molai" Payeng, a boy from a "large river island" in India, whose passion for nature inspired him to rebuild his home's ecosystem.

Distraught by damage caused by floodwaters, Jadav consulted with village elders. They "explained [to him] that the only way to help animals was to create new homes for them," so they gave him 20 bamboo saplings, unknowingly setting him off on a lifelong conservation effort. He planted the seedlings, engineered an irrigation

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A Deadly Divide

by Ausma Zehanat Khan

The fifth book in the series starring Detectives Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty thoughtfully explores the enmity and fear-mongering that led to a shooting at a mosque in Quebec.

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Bom Boy

by Yewande Omotoso

A young man attempts to cure his loneliness in socially unacceptable ways, until he discovers the answer may lie in a curse placed upon his family years ago.

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Opposite of Always

by Justin A. Reynolds

In this young adult novel, an 18-year-old repeats the same stretch of time over and over again, each time trying to save his girlfriend from untimely demise.

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Lion Forge: Haphaven by Norm Harper, illustrated by Louie Joyce

Media Heat

Thursday, March 14, 2019

KCRW's Bookworm: Marlon James, author of Black Leopard, Red Wolf (Riverhead, $30, 9780735220171).
 
Daily Show: Jacob Tobia, author of Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story (Putnam, $26, 9780735218826).

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

NPR's 1A: Adam Rutherford, author of Humanimal: How Homo Sapiens Became Nature's Most Paradoxical Creature: A New Evolutionary History (The Experiment, $25.95, 9781615195312).
 
Daily Show: Karamo Brown, author of Karamo: My Story of Embracing Purpose, Healing, and Hope (Gallery, $27, 9781982111977).

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Fresh Air: David E. McCraw, author of Truth in Our Times: Inside the Fight for Press Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts (All Points Books, $28.99, 9781250184429).

Monday, March 11, 2019

Fresh Air: Barbara Brown Taylor, author of Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others (HarperOne, $25.99, 9780062406569).

Daily Show: Rutger Bregman, author of Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World (Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316471916).

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Fresh Air: Alex Kotlowitz, author of An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago (Nan A. Talese, $27.95, 9780385538800).

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Amber Tamblyn, author of Era of Ignition: Coming of Age in a Time of Rage and Revolution (Crown Archetype, $25, 9781984822987).
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