Starred Review

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

by Balli Kaur Jaswal

The Southall, London, Sikh community gets a sexual awakening when an adult literacy course becomes an adult literature workshop in Balli Kaur Jaswal's U.S. debut, Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows.

Modern but struggling Nikki begrudgingly agrees to post her traditional sister's profile on their Sikh temple marriage board. There she discovers an opportunity to prove to her family and herself that she's not a complete failure. She takes a job teaching what she thinks is a creative writing class for women.

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The Marsh King's Daughter

by Karen Dionne

Helena, a wife and mother of two daughters, loves hunting, fishing and being alone in the woods. She credits her father for her knowledge of the flora and fauna of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, plus the survival skills to live off the land, if she should need them; Jacob taught her everything she knows. But she hasn't told her husband, Stephen, anything about her father--a man who has killed two guards and escaped from prison, a man she must find before he does any more harm. Nor has she spoken of her childhood--living

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The Big Bad Fox

by Benjamin Renner

Best known as one of the directors of the 2014 Academy Award-nominated film Ernest and Celestine, French animator Benjamin Renner makes his American graphic novel debut with this comedy about a scraggly, underfed fox whose meal plans go hilariously awry.

Though he fancies himself "The Big Bad Fox," Renner's hero is more deserving of the title "worst fox ever." The unmotivated farm dog gripes at him for not cleaning up after himself, and the farm's pig and rabbit set aside baskets of turnips for him to eat when

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Superstar

by Mandy Davis

Mandy Davis's debut introduces Superstar Lester Musselbaum--a 10-year-old boy with autism--as he figures out how to handle public school for the first time.

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Isadora

by Amelia Gray

This work of historical fiction about the early 20th-century dancer Isadora Duncan depicts the effect of a family tragedy on her life and work.

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Nest in the Bones

by Antonio Di Benedetto, trans. by Martina Broner

Nest in the Bones collects short stories from Argentinian author Antonio Di Benedetto, world-acclaimed but only now available in English.

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Claymates

by Dev Petty, illus. by Lauren Eldridge

In this bright, clever picture book, two animated lumps of clay create and re-create themselves over and over using sculpting tools and their imagination.

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Media Heat

Thursday, June 22, 2017

KCRW's Bookworm: Alan Felsenthal, author of Lowly (Ugly Duckling Presse, $15, 9781937027872).

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The View: Eddie Izzard, author of Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens (Blue Rider, $28, 9780399175831).

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Jeffrey Tambor, author of Are You Anybody?: A Memoir (Crown Archetype, $27, 9780451496355).

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The View: David Grann, author of Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI (Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385534246).

Monday, June 19, 2017

Daily Show: Janet Mock, author of Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me (Atria, $24.99, 9781501145797).

Thursday, June 15, 2017

KCRW's Bookworm: Yiyun Li, author of Dear Friend, from My Life I Write to You in Your Life (Random House, $27, 9780399589096).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Rakesh Satyal, author of No One Can Pronounce My Name: A Novel (Picador, $26, 9781250112118).
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