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The Store-House of Wonder and Astonishment

by Sherry Rind

In her learned and mischievous fourth collection, The Store-House of Wonder and Astonishment, Seattle poet Sherry Rind (Between States of Matter) ponders classical and medieval attitudes toward animals.

Rind quotes frequently from Ovid and Pliny in poem epigraphs as she records ancient natural history theories that have since been debunked. For example, Aristotle, unaware of birds' continent-crossing migrations, assumed they hibernate underwater: "Although fishermen may dredge hibernating swallows/ from the

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Sweat: A History of Exercise

by Bill Hayes

For Bill Hayes (How We Live Now; Insomniac City), the human body is a source of endless curiosity and delight. His earliest books (Sleep Demons; Five Quarts; The Anatomist) form a captivating library of historical research--on the subjects of sleep disorders, blood and anatomy--filtered through his own experiences. This makes Sweat: A History of Exercise an appealing, essential addition to the shelf.

Sweat is a brisk and amiable stroll through the history of vigorous activity. Hayes brings his resilient good

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Medusa

by Jessie Burton, illus. by Olivia Lomenech Gill

Jessie Burton (The Miniaturist) reimagines Greek myth in her first title for teens, the bold, empowering and atmospherically illustrated Medusa.

Four years have passed since Athena cursed Medusa, turning her hair to snakes. "Woe betide any man fool enough to look upon you now!" Athena warned, not explaining further. Medusa fled to an island with her sisters, where they remained alone--until Perseus sails ashore. The lonely, 18-year-old Medusa "wants to eat him up like honey cake," but she convinces him to

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The Mitford Vanishing

by Jessica Fellowes

In the scintillating fifth book in the Mitford Murders series, private detective Louisa Sullivan is hired to search for Jessica Mitford, the fifth of the six famous English sisters.

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The Year We Learned to Fly

by Jacqueline Woodson, illus. by Rafael López

A clever grandmother teaches her grandchildren how to fly in this tenderly written and brightly illustrated picture book from the team behind The Day You Begin.

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Tides

by Sara Freeman

In this stunning debut novel, a woman's life unravels, builds and unravels again across a series of sparse and staggering vignettes.

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Love & Other Disasters

by Anita Kelly

A cooking competition heats up as two queer amateur chefs fall for each other in this deeply emotional yet buoyant romantic comedy about finding love and self.

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Wiley: Prep, Push, Pivot: Essential Career Strategies for Underrepresented Women by Octavia Goredama

Media Heat

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

CBS This Morning: Kimberly Jones, author of How We Can Win: Race, History and Changing the Money Game That's Rigged (Holt, $23.99, 9781250805126).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Huma Abedin, author of Both/And: A Life in Many Worlds (Scribner, $30, 9781501194801).

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Good Morning America: Charity Morgan, author of Unbelievably Vegan: 100+ Life-Changing, Plant-Based Recipes: A Cookbook (Clarkson Potter, $29.99, 9780593232989).

Today Show: Valerie Bertinelli, author of Enough Already: Learning to Love the Way I Am Today (Harvest, $27, 9780358567363).

Fresh Air: Brian Cox, author of Putting the Rabbit in the Hat (Grand Central, $29, 9781538707296).

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Good Morning America: Nita Prose, author of The Maid: A Novel (Ballantine, $27, 9780593356159).

KCRW's Bookworm repeat: Joan Didion, author of Blue Nights (Knopf, $15.95, 9780307387387).

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Tamron Hall: Dr. Sanjay Gupta, author of Keep Sharp: Build a Better Brain at Any Age (Simon & Schuster, $17, 9781501166747).

The View: Alyssa Milano, author of Sorry Not Sorry (Dutton, $28, 9780593183298).

NPR's Here & Now: Echo Brown, author of The Chosen One: A First-Generation Ivy League Odyssey (Christy Ottaviano Books, $17.99, 9780316310666).

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Good Morning America: Jason Reynolds, author of Ain't Burned All the Bright (Atheneum, $19.99, 9781534439467).

NPR's the Takeaway: Rep. Adam Schiff, author of Midnight in Washington: How We Almost Lost Our Democracy and Still Could (Random House, $30, 9780593231524).

Fresh Air: the late Sidney Poitier in a 2000 interview about his autobiography The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography (HarperSanFrancisco, $16.99, 9780061357909).
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