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The Resurrection of Joan Ashby

by Cherise Wolas

Joan Ashby always knew she would become a writer. In a notebook titled How to Do It, the 13-year-old listed the necessary steps for success. "Ignore Eleanor when she tells me I need friends," she wrote, referring to her mother. "Avoid crushes and love. Do not entertain any offer of marriage. Never ever have children. Never allow anyone to get in my way."

When Joan later meets Martin Manning, she finds a like-minded partner who "believes the same as I do--work is paramount, absolutely no children." Her

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by Rafia Zakaria

Veil by Rafia Zakaria is a powerful meditation on the most visible emblem of the Islamic faith, its symbolic impact upon Muslims and non-Muslims and the controversy surrounding variations of the veil, including the headscarf, hijab and burqa.

Zakaria, a journalist and author (The Upstairs Wife), informs readers that "there are no verses in the Holy Quran that specifically prescribe the veil for women," and yet Muslim women who choose not to veil are often judged harshly by other Muslims. Zakaria herself is

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Jane, Unlimited

by Kristin Cashore

Ever since her beloved Aunt Magnolia was lost while on a photography expedition to Antarctica, Jane has floundered, "trapped in the wrong version of [her] life." She drops out of college, works part time in the campus bookstore and rents a bedroom the size of "a glorified closet." She becomes obsessed with making umbrellas, her art form of choice, "almost as if one perfect umbrella might make Aunt Magnolia come back." 

Before she left on her final trip, Aunt Magnolia inexplicably made Jane promise never

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by Lisa Scottoline

The DiNunzio & Rosato law firm is torn by a conflict that pits partner against partner.

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by Adam Abramowitz

The hyped-up bike messenger Zesty Myers drives the compulsive narrative of Adam Abramowitz's streetwise debut Boston crime novel.

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The Party

by Elizabeth Day

The tension between two couples erupts in violence at an evening celebration, the culmination of their complex history as shared through a police interrogation.

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Avery Publishing Group: The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains by Robert H. Lustig

Media Heat

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Fresh Air: Danielle Allen, author of Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A. (Liveright, $24.95, 9781631493119).

Conan: Jeff Bauman, co-author of Stronger (Grand Central, $8.99, 9781478920403).

Daily Show: Ellen Pao, author of Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change (Spiegel & Grau, $28, 9780399591013).

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Fresh Air: E.J. Dionne Jr., Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann, authors of One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported (St. Martin's Press, $25.99, 9781250164056).

CBS This Morning: Ellen Pao, author of Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change (Spiegel & Grau, $28, 9780399591013).

Also on CBS This Morning: Lenora Chu, author of Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve (Harper, $27.99, 9780062367853).

Rachael Ray: Graham Norton, author of Holding: A Novel (Atria, $25, 9781501173264).

Also on Rachael Ray: Jonathan and Drew Scott, authors of It Takes Two: Our Story (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $27, 9781328771476).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Celeste Ng, author of Little Fires Everywhere (Penguin Press, $27, 9780735224292).

Monday, September 18, 2017

Fresh Air: Hillary Clinton, author of What Happened (Simon & Schuster, $30, 9781501175565).

CBS This Morning: Ray Dalio, author of Principles: Life and Work (Simon & Schuster, $30, 9781501124020).

Daily Show: Gucci Mane, co-author of The Autobiography of Gucci Mane (Simon & Schuster, $27, 9781501165320).

Thursday, September 14, 2017

KCRW's Bookworm: Mark Z. Danielewski, author of The Familiar (Pantheon, $27.95, 9780375714948).

Fresh Air: Fred Hersch, author of Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life in and out of Jazz (Crown Archetype, $28, 9781101904343).

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The View: Hillary Clinton, author of What Happened (Simon & Schuster, $30, 9781501175565).

CBS This Morning: Sally Quinn, author of Finding Magic: A Spiritual Memoir (HarperOne, $28.99, 9780062315502).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Action Bronson, co-author of F*ck, That's Delicious: An Annotated Guide to Eating Well (Abrams, $27.50, 9781419726552).
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