Starred Review

Disappearing Earth

by Julia Phillips

Julia Phillips, a Fulbright Fellow, stuns with her elegant and suspenseful debut, Disappearing Earth. Set over the course of a year on the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East, the novel opens on a warm August afternoon. Two young girls are playing by the shore when a strange, limping man kidnaps them under the ruse of asking for help getting back to his car. The chapters that follow offer intimate portraits of people who knew the girls or were members of their tight-knit community. The characters wrestle

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The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation

by Brenda Wineapple

In 1868, three years after Abraham Lincoln's death, the impeachment of Andrew Johnson marked a time of great divide and turmoil in the United States. It also brought an opportunity: removing Johnson from office would help advance the rights of African Americans, continuing one of Lincoln's signature goals.

The Impeachers: The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation effectively captures the tumultuous events and pivotal characters from this crucial time in American history. Through her consideration

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Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens

by Tanya Boteju

It's the summer before senior year, and Nima has been "wizened by two major disappointments": her mom left inexplicably over a year ago and the straight friend she's crushed on for three years doesn't want to be her girlfriend. Wanting to escape the monotony of what life has become, she seeks a way to prove she's not just "simple, awkward, humdrum Nima," but instead a person worthy of "framing and displaying on someone's wall."

When she dares to attend a drag show, Nima is befriended by the "gregarious and

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White House Warriors

by John Gans

Policy expert John Gans explicates the history and influence of the elusive advisory body that has historically shaped the American way of warfare: the National Security Council.

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The Island

by Ragnar Jónasson, trans. by Victoria Cribb

The second thriller in a fine series set in Iceland goes back in time to show detective Hulda Hermannsdóttir attempting to solve both a murder and a personal problem.

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by Maya Motayne

In this Latinx YA fantasy, Prince Alfie and penniless thief Finn work together to keep the dark god, Sombra, from sweeping the world into endless night.

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Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers: The Things She's Seen by Ambelin Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina

Media Heat

Thursday, May 23, 2019

KCRW's Bookworm: Richard Powers, author of The Overstory: A Novel (Norton, $18.95, 9780393356687).

Here & Now: Jose Andres, co-author of Vegetables Unleashed: A Cookbook (Anthony Bourdain/Ecco, $39.99, 9780062668387).

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Morning Joe: Dan Abrams, co-author of Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense: The Courtroom Battle to Save His Legacy (Hanover Square Press, $27.99, 9781335016447).

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Fresh Air: Tia Powell, author of Dementia Reimagined: Building a Life of Joy and Dignity from Beginning to End (Avery, $27, 9780735210905).
Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Howard Stern, author of Howard Stern Comes Again (Simon & Schuster, $35, 9781501194290).

Monday, May 20, 2019

Fresh Air: John Waters, author of Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $27, 9780374214968).
Late Show with Stephen Colbert: William H. McRaven, author of Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations (Grand Central, $30, 9781538729748). He is also on CBS This Morning.

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Ann Beattie, author of A Wonderful Stroke of Luck: A Novel (Viking, $25, 9780525557340).

Thursday, May 16, 2019

KCRW's Bookworm: Terrance Hayes, author of American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin (Penguin Books, $18, 9780143133186).
Fresh Air: Katherine Eban, author of Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom (Ecco, $28.99, 9780062338785).
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