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Your Duck Is My Duck: Stories

by Deborah Eisenberg

Deborah Eisenberg (Twilight of the Superheroes) is a writer who constantly pushes the form in intellectually dazzling directions. Your Duck Is My Duck begins with the titular story, in which a young painter is whisked off to an exotic island retreat, courtesy of a wealthy patron couple. The premises are swarming with accountants, hinting at business troubles for the couple. Meanwhile, the painter meets a genius puppeteer who stages revolution in his productions, not unlike the political tumult consuming

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Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth

by Sarah Smarsh

The election of Donald Trump helped expose the fault lines separating Americans who inhabit different regions and economic strata. But long before class was a subject of newspaper columns, it was fundamental to Sarah Smarsh's life. Smarsh, a fifth-generation Kansas farm girl who comes from a long line of teenage moms, explores her family's experience and her struggle both to honor and escape her roots in her first memoir, Heartland.
Now a journalist, Smarsh delves into the many factors affecting

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Zora and Me: The Cursed Ground

by T.R. Simon

Growing up in 1903 Eatonville, Fla., is idyllic for 12-year-old Zora Neale Hurston and her friend Carrie Brown. Since Eatonville was incorporated as America's first "all-colored" town a few years before they were born, the girls have never known a different life. But their peace is abruptly shattered on the night their friend Mr. Polk, the "town mute," is mysteriously attacked. Suddenly, Eatonville's history begins catching up with its present.
Zora and Me: The Cursed Ground is told in two alternating

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by Randy Kennedy

Art journalist Randy Kennedy's inspired first novel is a story of two tough-luck brothers on a West Texas road trip that goes awry.

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The Caregiver

by Samuel Park

Shortly before dying of stomach cancer at 41, Samuel Park finished this quiet, heartfelt story of an undocumented Brazilian immigrant's tumultuous early years with her charismatic mother.

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Bethany House Publishers: The Cost of Betrayal: Three Romantic Suspense Novellas by Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, and Lynette Eason

Media Heat

Thursday, September 20, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: Joshua Cohen and Samuel Nicholson, author and editor of ATTENTION: Dispatches from a Land of Distraction (Random House, $28, 9780399590214).

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

CBS This Morning: Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice (Delacorte, $18.99, 9780525580034).

Daily Show: Eli Saslow, author of Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist (Doubleday, $26.95, 9780385542869).

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Fresh Air: Linda Kay Klein, author of Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free (Touchstone, $26, 9781501124815).

Monday, September 17, 2018

Fresh Air: Neil deGrasse Tyson, author of Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military (Norton, $30, 9780393064445).

Morning Edition: Reese Witherspoon, author of Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love, and Baking Biscuits (Touchstone, $35, 9781501166273).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Khaled Hosseini, author of Sea Prayer (Riverhead, $15, 9780525539094).

Thursday, September 13, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: Joshua Cohen, author of ATTENTION: Dispatches from a Land of Distraction (Random House, $28, 9780399590214).

Daily Show: José Andrés, author of We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time (Anthony Bourdain/Ecco, $27.99, 9780062864482).
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