Starred Review

Meddling Kids

by Edgar Cantero

The Blyton Summer Detective Club is four bored children and one dog. In 1977, as they search for cases, they stumble into a traumatizing event that is impossible to deal with. In Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero (The Supernatural Enhancements), what first appears to be deference to the predictable child detective trope swiftly becomes a darker and more terrifying story of necromancy and the hard truths of adulthood.

The four detectives, even 13 years later, are unable to move beyond their disastrous summer.

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Lessons on Expulsion

by Erika L. Sanchez

Poet and YA novelist (forthcoming I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter) Erika Sánchez brings a world of raw personal material to her striking debut poetry collection, Lessons on Expulsion. Her work fearlessly explores sexuality, Mexican narco violence and the frequent tension of being of two cultures while searching for one's own identity. These poems grow from her time in Chicago, Mexico, New York City, Madrid, New Mexico and Puerto Rico, and speak in the voice of a woman looking at herself and the

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The Only Fish in the Sea

by Philip C. Stead, illus. by Matthew Cordell

Little Amy Scott got a goldfish for her birthday and was so disdainful that she dumped him, plastic bag and all, into the sea. Sherman brings this distressing news to his pal Sadie, who immediately gears up for a fish rescue. "The important thing," Sadie says, "is that Ellsworth stays hopeful and brave, knowing that we're on our way." "Hey, Sadie, wait!" calls Sherman, "Who's Ellsworth?" Sadie responds without even looking up from her maps: "Sherman, you have to keep up. Every fish deserves a proper name."

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The Devil's Muse

by Bill Loehfelm

This gritty yet colorful crime thriller set in New Orleans presents Mardi Gras from the perspective of a female police officer.

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The Almost Sisters

by Joshilyn Jackson

A surprise pregnancy is just one crisis facing a comics artist whose beloved Grannie's dementia keeps her from explaining the skeleton in the attic.

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Media Heat

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Fresh Air: Max Brooks, author of Minecraft: The Island: The Novel (Del Rey, $17.99, 9780399181771).

Monday, August 14, 2017

Fresh Air: Molly McCully Brown, author of The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded: Poems (Persea, $15.95, 9780892554782).

Conan: Senator Al Franken, author of Al Franken, Giant of the Senate (Twelve, $28, 9781455540419).

Thursday, August 10, 2017

KCRW's Bookworm: Wallace Shawn, author of Night Thoughts (Haymarket, $14.95, 9781608468126).

Fresh Air: Philip Shenon, author of A Cruel and Shocking Act: The Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination (Picador, $22, 9781250060754).

Today Show: Jeannette Walls, author of The Glass Castle: A Memoir (Scribner, $17, 9780743247542).

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Fresh Air: Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter, author of Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life (Avery, $27, 9781101982556).

Conan: Wesley Snipes, co-author of Talon of God (Harper Voyager, $27.99, 9780062668165).

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Fresh Air: Howard Markel, author of The Kelloggs: The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek (Pantheon, $35, 9780307907271).
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