Starred Review

We Two Alone: Stories

by Jack Wang

The Chinese diaspora is dispersed across continents and decades in Jack Wang's magnificent debut, We Two Alone (selected as one of the CBC's 2020 Best Canadian Fiction and Quill & Quire's 2020 Books of the Year). Wang's seven-story collection traverses North America, Europe, Africa and Asia, pausing at pivotal moments over a century of history, each presented through a peripatetic Chinese lens.

Wang's opening story, "The Valkyries," features a Vancouver orphan teen, indentured to an opium-addicted laundry

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Better Not Bitter: Living on Purpose in the Pursuit of Racial Justice

by Yusef Salaam

They called Yusef Salaam and the other boys now known as the Exonerated Five "super-predators." Yet Salaam is much more than those initial racist media reports made him out to be, and his book Better Not Bitter: Living on Purpose in the Pursuit of Racial Justice is a testament to his leadership and service. An award-winning motivational speaker and bestselling author (Punching the Air, co-authored with Ibi Ziboi), Salaam, who spent nearly seven years in jail after he was wrongly convicted of rape and assault,

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Sisters of the Neversea

by Cynthia L. Smith

Muscogee Creek author Cynthia Leitich Smith (Ancestor Approved; Hearts Unbroken) reimagines J.M. Barrie's beloved yet problematic children's classic Peter Pan in this wry, immersive fantasy about female friendship, inclusivity and the meaning of family.

Although relatives remember a recent time "when the girls were inseparable," the friendship between 12-year-old stepsisters Wendy Darling and Lily Roberts has hit turbulence. Their parents are separating for the summer, with Wendy and her father traveling to

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The Great Mistake

by Jonathan Lee

This affectingly wistful biographical novel about Andrew Haswell Green, the city planner behind several Manhattan landmarks, probes two mysteries: his violent death and his unfulfilling life.

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Fire with Fire

by Destiny Soria

Dragon slayer-in-training Dani Rivera questions everything her family stands for when she unwillingly forms a soul bond with a dragon in this exciting, contemporary take on dragon lore.

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For the Wolf

by Hannah Whitten

Hannah Whitten's debut is a spellbinding fantasy novel that will appeal to readers who enjoy fairytale retellings, possibly doomed romance, ancient curses and bloodthirsty trees.

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The Bombay Prince

by Sujata Massey

Sujata Massey continues her entertaining, enlightening mystery series with a third installment starring Perveen Mistry, India's first female solicitor, in 1920s Bombay.

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Harper: The Hidden Palace: A Novel of the Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

Media Heat

Monday, June 14, 2021

CBS This Morning: Amanda Kloots, co-author of Live Your Life: My Story of Loving and Losing Nick Cordero (Harper, $27.99, 9780063078253).

The View: Andy Slavitt, author of Preventable: The Inside Story of How Leadership Failures, Politics, and Selfishness Doomed the U.S. Coronavirus Response (St. Martin's Press, $28.99, 9781250770165).

NPR's Morning Edition: Hakeem Oluseyi, co-author of A Quantum Life: My Unlikely Journey from the Street to the Stars (Ballantine, $28, 9781984819093).

Thursday, June 10, 2021

KCRW's Bookworm: Robert Coover and Art Spiegelman, author and illustrator of Street Cop (isolarii, $19.95, 9781735075037).

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Seth Rogen, author of Yearbook (Crown, $28, 9781984825407).

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Fresh Air: Daisy Hernández, author of The Kissing Bug: A True Story of a Family, an Insect, and a Nation's Neglect of a Deadly Disease (Tin House, $27.95, 9781951142520).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Bill Cowher, co-author of Heart and Steel (Atria, $28, 9781982175795).

Monday, June 7, 2021

Good Morning America: James Patterson and Bill Clinton, authors of The President's Daughter: A Thriller (Little, Brown, $30, 9780316540711). They will also be on Live with Kelly and Ryan tomorrow.

The View: Denise Huskins and Aaron Quinn, co-authors of Victim F: From Crime Victims to Suspects to Survivors (Berkley, $27, 9780593099964).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Quinta Brunson, author of She Memes Well: Essays (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $25, 9781328638984).

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Chris Matthews, author of This Country: My Life in Politics and History (Simon & Schuster, $28.99, 9781982134846).

Thursday, June 3, 2021

KCRW's Bookworm: Edward St. Aubyn, author of Double Blind: A Novel (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $27, 9780374282196).
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