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In Search of Sir Thomas Browne: The Life and Afterlife of the Seventeenth Century's Most Inquiring Mind

by Hugh Aldersey-Williams

In Search of Sir Thomas Browne: The Life and Afterlife of the Seventeenth Century's Most Inquiring Mind is neither a biography of Browne nor a critical study of his writings. Instead, it is the intellectual equivalent of a buddy road trip.

Science writer Hugh Aldersey-Williams (Anatomies) became interested in Sir Thomas Browne--a physician, scientist and debunker of popular myths--more than 20 years ago. In the intervening years, he found himself stumbling over Browne at unexpected moments. Finally, feeling

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Lanterne Rouge: The Last Man in the Tour de France

by Max Leonard

Even non-cycling fans recognize the Tour de France as the sport's biggest annual event. Naturally, the attention of the press and the viewer is focused at the front of the race, where attacks, group sprints and winners are born. In Lanterne Rouge: The Last Man in the Tour de France, Max Leonard directs overdue consideration to a different segment of the Tour, where he finds a less fairytale-like but very sincere story.

Ever since the Tour was founded in 1903, as a struggling newspaper's publicity stunt,

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Shadowshaper

by Daniel José Older

In his first novel for young adults, Daniel José Older (Half-Resurrection Blues) infuses modern Brooklyn with magic and mythology in a fresh urban fantasy.

Sierra lives with her mother, Maria, and her abuelo, Grandpa Lázaro, in a Bedford-Stuyvesant brownstone. She's looking forward to spending her summer partying with her best friend, Bennie, and painting a mural off the Junklot where her abuelo's friends spend their days playing dominos. Her plans go south when she sees the subject of an adjoining

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The Cartel

by Don Winslow

Don Winslow's sequel to The Power of the Dog details the corrupting influence of power and the cat-and-mouse dance between the law and a master criminal.

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Marry, Kiss, Kill

by Anne Flett-Giordano

There's mile-a-minute banter between police detectives Nola and Tony as they attempt to catch a killer in sunny Santa Barbara.

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The Cost of Courage

by Charles Kaiser

The suspenseful story of three members of the French Resistance who did everything possible to obstruct the Germans while they occupied Paris.

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Media Heat

Thursday, July 2, 2015

On KCRW's Bookworm: Vendela Vida, author of The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty (Ecco, $25.99, 9780062110916).

On Diane Rehm: Kathleen DuVal, author of Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution (Random House, $28, 9781400068951).

On the Daily Show: Sarah Vowell, author of Lafayette in the Somewhat United States (Riverhead, $27.95, 9781594631740).

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

On the Daily Show: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, author of Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World (Ballantine, $26, 9780804179072).

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

On Fresh Air: Vendela Vida, author of The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty: A Novel (Ecco, $25.99, 9780062110916).

Monday, June 29, 2015

On Fresh Air: Mat Johnson, author of Loving Day: A Novel (Spiegel & Grau, $26, 9780812993455).

Thursday, June 25, 2015

On KCRW's Bookworm: Aleksandar Hemon, author of The Making of Zombie Wars: A Novel (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $26, 9780374203412).
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