Starred Review

The Italian Teacher

by Tom Rachman

Canadian-English author Tom Rachman (The Rise and Fall of Great Powers) writes narratives that crisscross the globe. The Italian Teacher is a bittersweet novel that brings to mind Rachman's fellow Canadian Robertson Davies. It begins in 1950s Rome, then hops back and forth across the Atlantic as it follows the life of a man on the edge of greatness.

Charles "Pinch" Bavinsky grows up in Rome as the son of Bear Bavinsky, a prominent American avant-garde painter in the early 20th century, and Natalie, an aspiring

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The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind: My Tale of Madness and Recovery

by Barbara K. Lipska

Barbara Lipska was relentlessly motivated. She fled an unstable Poland in the late 1980s for the United States, where she became an expert in the relationship between mental illness and the brain. She and her family were accomplished professionals as well as competitive athletes. And Lipska survived a brush with cancer. Despite those achievements and challenges, nothing prepared her for the harrowing eight weeks when she lost her mind.

In The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind, readers accompany Lipska as she

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Mommy's Khimar

by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, illus. by Ebony Glenn

The young Muslim narrator of Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow's debut picture book delights in all the wonder of her mother's headscarves. She luxuriates in the bright, beautiful colors and styles: "Some have tassels. Some have beads. Some have sparkly things all over. And she has my favorite color... yellow!" She uncovers a sense of empowerment while wearing them: "When I wear Mommy's khimar, I am a superhero in a cape, dashing from room to room at the speed of light." And she eagerly embraces a special connection

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Lawn Boy

by Jonathan Evison

Jonathan Evison has written a fierce and funny novel about a young man's attempts to transcend class and poverty.

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To Die but Once

by Jacqueline Winspear

In this excellent historical mystery, Maisie Dobbs investigates the death of a teenage boy as the threat of German invasion looms in Britain in the early years of World War II.

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Blackfish City

by Sam J. Miller

In a dystopic future where climate change threatens human survival, a strange "orcamancer" might offer the only glimmer of hope for the inhabitants of the floating city of Qaanaaq.

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American by Day

by Derek B. Miller

Derek B. Miller's third novel, a sequel to Norwegian by Night, is a remarkable and enjoyable story filled with wisdom, humor and grace.

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Media Heat

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The View: James Comey, author of A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership (Flatiron, $29.99, 9781250192455).

Daily Show: Chelsea Clinton, author of She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History (Philomel, $17.99, 9780525516996).

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Fresh Air: James Comey, author of A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership (Flatiron, $29.99, 9781250192455). He also appeared on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Morning Joe: Cecile Richards, author of Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead--My Life Story (Touchstone, $27, 9781501187599).

Monday, April 16, 2018

Fresh Air: Lawrence Wright, author of God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State (Knopf, $27.95, 9780525520108).

Daily Show: Alex Wagner, author of Futureface: A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging (One World, $28, 9780812997941).

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Charlamagne Tha God, author of Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It (Touchstone, $16, 9781501145315).

Also on the Late Show: Nell Scovell, author of Just the Funny Parts: ...And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking into the Hollywood Boys' Club (Dey Street, $27.99, 9780062473486).

Thursday, April 12, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: Junot Díaz, author of Islandborn (Dial Books, $17.99, 9780735229860).

Fresh Air: Matthew Desmond, author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (Broadway Books, $17, 9780553447453).

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Daily Show: Martellus Bennett, author of Hey A.J., It's Bedtime! (Joe Books, $14.99, 9780996982030).

The Opposition with Jordan Klepper: Sally Kohn, author of The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity (Algonquin, $27.95, 9781616207281).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Retta, author of So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y'all Don't Even Know (St. Martin's Press, $26.99, 9781250109347).
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