Starred Review

Bring Out the Dog

by Will Mackin

Every war seems to spawn its own bookshelf of fiction (e.g., Hemingway, Heller, O'Brien, Stone and, more recently, Klay, Powers and Ackerman), and the writers who endure display talents for observation, voice and narrative that outlive the high-strung emotion of the battlefield. A navy veteran with multiple deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, Will Mackin is one of those with staying power. The stories in his debut, Bring Out the Dog, are told with such verisimilitude, such balance between compassion and cynicism,

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Girls Burn Brighter

by Shobha Rao

Girls Burn Brighter is a testament to the strength of female friendship in the face of unimaginable trauma. The small Indian village of Indravalli has offered few comforts to young Poornima, who's been left under the command of her abusive father after the death of her mother. Her friendship with the brilliant, resilient Savitha is the only hope Poornima has for happiness in the future, particularly after she is betrothed to marry a man with a grudge against the world. But after a horrifying act of violence,

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Hello Hello

by Brendan Wenzel

2017 Caldecott Honor recipient Brendan Wenzel (They All Saw a Cat) shares his passion for conservation in a vibrant romp starring a cornucopia of wildlife and two house cats.

In a dazzling variety of media, including cut paper, pencils, oil pastels, marker and digital art, author/illustrator Wenzel presents a prodigious cast of fauna. His read-aloud-ready rhyming text compares and connects disparate species, pairing a cheetah and a yellow boxfish for "Hello Spots" or a tiny chameleon with a vast whale shark

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Green Sun

by Kent Anderson

In Anderson's stellar third beat cop novel, cynical, fearless Officer Hanson tries a congenial spin to policing crime-ridden East Oakland.

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Prometheus Books: Disarmed: Unconventional Lessons from the World's Only One-Armed Special Forces Sharpshooter by Izzy Ezagui

Media Heat

Thursday, March 22, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: Roberta Allen, author of The Princess of Herself (Pelekinesis, $18, 9781938349706).

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The View: Amy Chua, author of Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations (Penguin Press, $28, 9780399562853).

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Fresh Air: Bart Ehrman, author of The Triumph of Christianity: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World (Simon & Schuster, $28, 9781501136702).

Monday, March 19, 2018

Fresh Air: Jonathan Weisman, author of (((Semitism))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump (St. Martin's Press, $25.99, 9781250169938).

Daily Show: Mitch Landrieu, author of In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History (Viking, $25, 9780525559443).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Tayari Jones, author of An American Marriage: A Novel (Algonquin, $26.95, 9781616208776).

Thursday, March 15, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: Ann Beattie and Richard Bausch discuss Peter Taylor: The Complete Stories (Library of America, $75, 9781598535419).
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