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Five-Carat Soul

by James McBride

National Book Award-winner James McBride (The Good Lord BirdKill 'Em and Leave) delivers pure gold with Five-Carat Soul, a collection of short stories. Each piece in this compilation features compelling characters with distinctive luster. As the richness of their interactions and relationships builds, readers are sure to find the resulting treasure irresistible.

Five-Carat Soul starts with "The Under Graham Railroad Box Car Set." A toy collector discovers the gem of

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The Ninth Hour

by Alice McDermott

The Ninth Hour, National Book Award-winner Alice McDermott's eighth novel, is a multi-generational saga set in Brooklyn, N.Y., in the early 20th century.

When Irish immigrant Jim commits suicide, he leaves his pregnant wife, Annie, in a tenement apartment that's almost burned down by his act. Suicide and depression are not spoken of in this mostly Catholic community, but the kind nuns of the local Little Nursing Sisters of the Sick Poor convent are determined to care for Annie and her new baby girl. Elderly

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Her Right Foot

by Dave Eggers, illus. by Shawn Harris

Early on in Her Right Foot, the omniscient narrator says, "Did you know that the Statue of Liberty comes from France? This is true. This is a factual book." The defensiveness is the tip-off to readers that this is not a typical biography of an iconic national monument--and hallelujah for that.

Her Right Foot's first half adopts something of the customary "fun facts" approach to children's biography. (Who knew of Thomas Edison's ultimately torpedoed idea to install a gigantic record player inside the statue

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The Player King

by Avi

In this historically accurate rags-to-riches story set in 1486 in Oxford, England, an orphaned kitchen boy becomes a king under the advisement of an ambitious friar.

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The Visitors

by Catherine Burns

When her authoritarian brother falls ill, a middle-aged woman must confront her gloomy life, along with what has been kept locked in the basement of the family home.

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Windows

by Julia Denos, illus. by E.B. Goodale

A young child walks the dog at dusk, seeing slices of life through all the windows in the neighborhood.

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Workman Publishing: The Spectrum of Hope: An Optimistic and New Approach to Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias by Gayatri Devi

Media Heat

Thursday, October 19, 2017

KCRW's Bookworm: a selection of past interviews with Kazuo Ishiguro, winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Fresh Air: John Green, author of Turtles All the Way (Dutton Books for Young Readers, $19.99, 9780525555360).

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Fresh Air: Jane Mayer, author of Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right (Anchor, $17, 9780307947901).

Morning Joe: Walter Isaacson, author of Leonardo da Vinci (Simon & Schuster, $35, 9781501139154).

Good Morning America: Bryant Johnson, author of The RBG Workout: How She Stays Strong... and You Can Too! (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $14.99, 9781328919120).

CBS This Morning: Oprah Winfrey, author of The Wisdom of Sundays: Life-Changing Insights from Super Soul Conversations (Flatiron, $27.99, 9781250138064)

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Fresh Air: Amy Tan, author of Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir (Ecco, $28.99, 9780062319296).

Today Show: Richard Branson, author of Finding My Virginity: The New Autobiography (Portfolio, $35, 9780735219427).

Monday, October 16, 2017

Fresh Air: Matthew Walker, author of Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams (Scribner, $27, 9781501144318).

CBS This Morning: Scott Kelly, author of My Journey to the Stars (Crown, $17.99, 9781524763770).

Thursday, October 12, 2017

KCRW's Bookworm: Stephen Greenblatt, author of The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve (W.W. Norton, $27.95, 9780393240801).

Fresh Air: Jimmy Fallon, author of Everything Is Mama (Feiwel & Friends, $16.99, 9781250125842).

CBS This Morning: Yotam Ottolenghi, co-author of Sweet: Desserts from London's Ottolenghi (Ten Speed Press, $35, 9781607749141).
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