Starred Review

Rules for Being Dead

by Kim Powers

Kim Powers's haunting and spellbinding novel Rules for Being Dead reads like an intoxicating blend of the best of Shirley Jackson, Alice Sebold and Fannie Flagg. But Powers has created an original novel that is both a tender coming-of-age tale and a fascinating mystery that builds to a nail-biting climax.

Set in a small Texas town in 1966, the novel begins with the suspicious death of Creola Perkins, an unhappily married 44-year-old grade-school teacher, wife to alcoholic dreamer L.E. and mother to sensitive

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Life of a Klansman: A Family History in White Supremacy

by Edward Ball

In 1998, Edward Ball won the National Book Award for Slaves in the Family, his unflinching history concerning slavery his father's ancestors perpetuated in South Carolina. He continues unraveling the tightly knotted legacy of white supremacy by studying his mother's ancestors in Louisiana: specifically, Polycarp Constant Lecorgne, "our klansman."

A fighter in the rebel army during the Civil War and in the white militias of Reconstruction, Constant is but a focal point in Ball's broader concern, bringing

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A Map to the Sun

by Sloane Leong

Vibrant art and rich storytelling combine in A Map to the Sun, Sloane Leong's deeply emotional graphic novel about five girls on a basketball team shouldering different burdens and learning to carry them together.

The summer before ninth grade, Ren and Luna meet. They spend the season together and then Luna moves away. She never calls. Then, in 10th grade, Luna transfers back, optimistic about reuniting with Ren. Except Ren's world didn't pause: her parents are separated, her dad struggles financially and

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Harrow the Ninth

by Tamsyn Muir

A worthy sequel to Gideon the Ninth, this novel expands the grotesque world of necromancers and skeletons within an unpredictable puzzle box structure.

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Media Heat

Monday, August 3, 2020

Fresh Air: Margaret Sullivan, author of Ghosting the News: Local Journalism and the Crisis of American Democracy (Columbia Global Reports, $15.99, 9781733623780).

Thursday, July 30, 2020

KCRW's Bookworm: Margot Livesey, author of The Boy in the Field: A Novel (Harper, $26.99, 9780062946393).

Fresh Air: Robert P. Jones, author of White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity (Simon & Schuster, $28, 9781982122867).

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The Takeaway: Steven Greenhouse, author of Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor (Anchor, $16.99, 9781101872796).

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Fresh Air: Natasha Trethewey, author of Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir (Ecco, $27.99, 9780062248572).

Monday, July 27, 2020

Fresh Air: Mike Birbiglia, author of The New One: Painfully True Stories from a Reluctant Dad (Grand Central, $28, 9781538701515).
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