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Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory

by Raphael Bob-Waksberg

Creator of the hit Netflix series BoJack Horseman, Raphael Bob-Waksberg makes his short fiction debut with sidesplitting panache. It's perhaps unsurprising that a writer whose major cultural contribution is an animated dramedy about a talking horse living in a hallucinatory version of Hollywood would excel in realms of the absurd. And Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory has absurdity to spare.

After a few pages of throat clearing, the story collection hits its stride with "A Most Blessed and

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A Primer for Forgetting: Getting Past the Past

by Lewis Hyde

Is there an affliction more feared than dementia, with its relentless erasure of memory? Although acknowledging that dread, cultural critic Lewis Hyde reveals in his provocative A Primer for Forgetting: Getting Past the Past that there are times the conscious expungement of memory may be the only rational, humane response, especially to instances of profound trauma and injustice.

Hyde (The Gift) describes his book as a thought experiment designed to "test the proposition that forgetfulness can be

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Amelia Westlake Was Never Here

by Erin Gough

The sardonic, free-thinking Wilhelmina "Will" Everhart ("insolence is her trademark") and the naïve, overachieving Harriet Price, year-12 classmates, couldn't be more different. The one thing they can agree on is that something must be done about their school's swim coach, whose sexist comments have gone unchallenged long enough (even if Harriet is "fairly certain he does not mean them"). To expose him without incriminating themselves, they create Amelia Westlake, a fake student who uses political cartoons

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Time After Time

by Lisa Grunwald

Two lovers fight to make a life together against the constraints of time and place in a magical romance set in New York City's Grand Central Terminal.

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The Perfect Date

by Evelyn Lozada, Holly Lorincz

Romantic sparks fly between a feisty, down-on-her-luck nurse and single mother and a troubled star ballplayer trying to hide an injury.

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Brave Face: A Memoir

by Shaun David Hutchinson

A young adult writer tells his personal story of coming to terms with his sexual orientation and his battle with life-threatening depression.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Fresh Air: Michael Kranish, author of The World's Fastest Man: The Extraordinary Life of Cyclist Major Taylor, America's First Black Sports Hero (Scribner, $30, 9781501192593).

Monday, June 17, 2019

Fresh Air: Louise Aronson, author of Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life (Bloomsbury, $30, 9781620405468).
 
Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Preet Bharara, author of Doing Justice: A Prosecutor's Thoughts on Crime, Punishment, and the Rule of Law (Knopf, $27.95, 9780525521129).

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Here & Now: Tim McGraw and Jon Meacham, authors of Songs of America: Patriotism, Protest, and the Music That Made a Nation (Random House, $30, 9780593132951).

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Fresh Air: Charles Fishman, author of One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon (Simon & Schuster, $29.99, 9781501106293).
 
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Ocean Vuong, author of On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel (Penguin Press, $26, 9780525562023).

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Fresh Air: Anna Fifield, author of The Great Successor: The Divinely Perfect Destiny of Brilliant Comrade Kim Jong Un (PublicAffairs, $28, 9781541742482).
 
Here and Now: Jim Acosta, author of The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America (Harper, $27.99, 9780062916129).

Daily Show: Kwame Onwuachi, co-author of Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir (Knopf, $26, 9781524732622).

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Tim McGraw and Jon Meacham, authors of Songs of America: Patriotism, Protest, and the Music That Made a Nation (Random House, $30, 9780593132951).
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