Starred Review

A State of Freedom

by Neel Mukherjee

Neel Mukherjee's incredible third novel, A State of Freedom, presents a mosaic of life in modern-day India that is chaotic and tragic, but also inspiring.

The story follows a number of poor residents struggling to work their way up in a deeply stratified society. Two of the most compelling characters are domestic servants Renu and Milly, who both migrate from rural poverty to Mumbai and find work with well-to-do families. They live in the same seaside slum, folded into the city's infrastructure, almost

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Bullets into Bells: Poets and Citizens Respond to Gun Violence

by Brian Clements, Alexandra Teague, Dean Rader, editors

In the midst of an epidemic of violence in the United States, editors Brian Clements, Alexandra Teague and Dean Rader have brought together poets, politicians, survivors and activists to proclaim a crucial need for gun control. Contributor Jessica Pollock Mindich, president of the Caliber Foundation, explains, "Art creates change. It has the power to heal, inspire, teach, and unite."

Bullets into Bells offers a stunning array of such art, focusing on myriad tragedies occurring at the end of a gun barrel. Mass

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Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble

by Anna Meriano, illus. by Mirelle Ortega

"What's the point of having magic if you can't use it to fix things?" Eleven-year-old Leo Logroño has spent her life trying to catch up to her four older sisters. Her family's bakery, Amor y Azúcar Panadería (Love and Sugar Bakery), has hosted the local Día de los Muertos festival "for as long as there had been a Rose Hill, Texas, to celebrate it," but, much to Leo's chagrin, she will once again be left out of prepping for the festivities. This year's festival has a tent she's forbidden

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Year One

by Nora Roberts

Survivors of a viral plague are divided into good and evil as they learn to live all over again.

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Signal Loss

by Garry Disher

This atmospheric thriller set in Australia focuses on a serial rapist, a missing meth dealer and two dead bodies.

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Impossible Saints

by Clarissa Harwood

This historical novel of the early British suffrage movement is told through the love story of an activist and an Anglican priest.

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Media Heat

Thursday, January 18, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: Isabel Allende, author of In the Midst of Winter: A Novel (Atria, $28, 9781501178139).

Fresh Air: Christian Picciolini, author of White American Youth: My Descent into America's Most Violent Hate Movement--and How I Got Out (Hachette Books, $15.99, 9780316522908).

The Opposition with Jordan Klepper: David Cay Johnston, author of It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America (Simon & Schuster, $28, 9781501174162).

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Fresh Air: Jeanne Lenzer, author of The Danger Within Us: America's Untested, Unregulated Medical Device Industry and One Man's Battle to Survive It (Little, Brown, $28, 9780316343763).

Thursday, January 11, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: Chris Kraus, author of After Kathy Acker: A Literary Biography (Semiotext(e), $24.95, 9781635900064).

Daily Show: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, co-author of Becoming Kareem: Growing Up on and off the Court (Little, Brown, $17.99, 9780316555388).

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Opposition with Jordan Klepper: Brian Klaas, co-author of The Despot's Apprentice: Donald Trump's Attack on Democracy (Hot Books, $18.99, 9781510735859).

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Fresh Air: Patrice Banks, author of Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide (Touchstone, $25, 9781501144110).
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