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Almost Infamous: A Supervillain Novel

by Matt Carter

Matt Carter's debut novel, Almost Infamous, explores superpowers with a distinctive, realistic perspective. If the good guys always win, what will they do when they run out of bad guys?

Aidan Salt, 18 years old and looking for attention, shrugs on a leather jacket and slams a motorcycle helmet onto his head to become supervillain Apex Strike. When his first foray into the public eye ends up killing a C-lister superhero, Aidan's evil alter ego becomes a lightning rod for a secret project run by a cabal of superheroes

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The Universe in Your Hand: A Journey Through Space, Time, and Beyond

by Christophe Galfard

What are gluons and how are they related to quarks? Why can't we see what the universe looked like before it was 380,000 years old? What exactly is space-time and why is "empty" space anything but? If these questions make your head hurt and heart race, have no fear: Christophe Galfard, a theoretical physicist from Cambridge University and former graduate student under Stephen Hawking comes to the rescue with The Universe in Your Hand: A Journey Through Space, Time, and Beyond.

The Universe in Your Hand is a

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Wolf Hollow

by Lauren Wolk

Eleven-year-old Annabelle McBride was hungering for change. She felt as if excitement waited for her "like an uncut cake." But now, everything's a terrible mess, and she wishes the blue-eyed, blonde-haired Betty Glengarry had never moved to Wolf Hollow that fateful fall of 1943. Readers of Wolf Hollow will immediately feel the chill this "dark-hearted" 14-year-old bully brings to a close-knit farming community in rural Pennsylvania.

When a rock, thrown from a nearby hill, blinds her friend Ruth in one eye,

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by Steve Toutonghi

This strong science fiction debut is a compelling cautionary tale that explores ethics and selfhood.

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The Exiled

by Christopher Charles

Charles neatly balances a New Mexico homicide detective's investigation into multiple drug-related murders with his violent NYPD background.

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I Am Pan

by Mordicai Gerstein

Caldecott artist Mordicai Gerstein takes delightful liberties with stories of the Greek god Pan in this effervescent picture book.

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Beautiful Country

by J.R. Thornton

This novel provides an insider's glimpse behind China's brutal and hierarchical state-supported tennis training programs for its young men.

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Media Heat

Thursday, April 28, 2016

KCRW's Bookworm: David Means, author of Hystopia: A Novel (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $26, 9780865479135).

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Diane Rehm: readers review My Name Is Lucy Barton: A Novel By Elizabeth Strout (Random House, $26, 9781400067695).

Daily Show: McKay Coppins, author of The Wilderness: Deep Inside the Republican Party's Combative, Contentious, Chaotic Quest to Take Back the White House (Little, Brown, $28, 9780316327411).

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Diane Rehm: Michael Kinsley, author of Old Age: A Beginner's Guide (Tim Duggan, $18, 9781101903766).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Tony Tulathimutte, author of Private Citizens: A Novel (Morrow, $14.99, 9780062399106).

Monday, April 25, 2016

Fresh Air: Mark Landler, author of Alter Egos: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and the Twilight Struggle Over American Power (Random House, $28, 9780812998856).

Diane Rehm: Pamela Haag, author of The Gunning of America: Business and the Making of American Gun Culture (Basic Books, $29.99, 9780465048953).

Thursday, April 21, 2016

KCRW's Bookworm: Helen Macdonald, author of H Is for Hawk (Grove Press, $16, 9780802124739).

Fresh Air: John Elder Robison, author of Switched On: A Memoir of Brain Change and Emotional Awakening (Spiegel & Grau, $28, 9780812996890).

Diane Rehm: Curtis Sittenfeld, author of Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice (Random House, $28, 9781400068326).

On Point: Andrew Solomon, author of Far and Away: Reporting from the Brink of Change (Scribner, $30, 9781476795041).
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