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The Grave on the Wall

by Brandon Shimoda

By the time Brandon Shimoda's grandfather died in 1996, he had been living with Alzheimer's for almost 20 years. Shimoda was then a college freshman, which meant he had had little opportunity to know the man without the disease. Reacting to "the loss--the losing," Shimoda started writing The Grave on the Wall almost a decade ago, collaging other people's memories, documentation and transcripts in search of Midori Shimoda, his father's father. The compelling result is a meditative memoir-of-sorts

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On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal

by Naomi Klein

As news about climate change grows more urgent, the writing of journalists like Naomi Klein, who's covered the subject for almost 10 years, has grown more vital than ever. On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal collects Klein's finest long-form essays on climate of the previous decade. Organized in chronological order, the collection begins with her 2011 coverage of BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a spill so large it's been described as "the largest environmental disaster

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by Jen Wang

When Moon Lin moves next door to Christine Hong, Christine is hesitant to meet this girl who, rumor has it, "beats people up." But Moon proves herself to be "confident," "funny" and the most "not Asian" Chinese-American Christine has ever met ("Really?" Christine's mom asks Moon, "Your mom doesn't speak Chinese to you?"). Christine and Moon quickly become best friends, and Moon shares with Christine that she sees "angel people" who will soon come to return her to her rightful place among the stars. When Christine's

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Mother Knows Best

by Kira Peikoff

A mother with a faulty gene undergoes DNA experimentation to ensure she has a healthy child and ends up disrupting her life in unforeseen ways.

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The Clever Tailor

by Srividhya Venkat, illus. by Nayantara Surendranath

Rupa Ram upcycles a beautiful fabric into useful things for his family in this stunning picture book.

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The Last Train to London

by Meg Waite Clayton

Two Austrian teens, one Jewish and the other Christian, fall in love during the rise of Hitler and the Nazi party, and become involved with Truus Wijsmuller's Kindertransport.

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by Randy Malamud

A compelling examination of how the magic of e-mail--instantaneous, ubiquitous, 24/7--is also its curse.

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Grove Press: Elements of Fiction by Walter Mosley

Media Heat

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Fresh Air: Edward Snowden, author of Permanent Record (Metropolitan Books, $30, 9781250237231).

KCRW Bookworm: Cathleen Schine, author of The Grammarians: A Novel (Sarah Crichton, $27, 9780374280116).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Margaret Atwood, author of The Testaments (Nan A. Talese, $28.95, 9780385543781).

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Good Morning America: Catherine Oxenberg, author of Captive: A Mother's Crusade to Save Her Daughter from the Terrifying Cult NXIVM (Gallery, $16.99, 9781982100667).

CBS This Morning: Josh Campbell, author of Crossfire Hurricane: Inside Donald Trump's War on the FBI (Algonquin Books, $28.95, 9781616209506).

Daily Show: Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, authors of She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement (Penguin Press, $28, 9780525560340).

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Morning Edition: Attica Locke, author of Heaven, My Home (Mulholland Books, $27, 9780316363402).

Fresh Air: Eric Foner, author of The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution (Norton, $26.95, 9780393652574).
CBS This Morning: Jacqueline Woodson, author of Red at the Bone: A Novel (Riverhead, $26, 9780525535270).

Monday, September 16, 2019

Fresh Air: Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, authors of The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation (Portfolio, $29, 9780593084397).
CBS This Morning: Brian Grazer, author of Face to Face: The Art of Human Connection (Simon & Schuster, $25, 9781501147722).

Daily Show: Sonia Sotomayor, author of Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You (Philomel, $17.99, 9780525514121).

Thursday, September 12, 2019

KCRW's Bookworm: Mary Ruefle, author of Dunce (Wave Books, $25, 9781940696850).
Fresh Air: Kate O'Neill, author of Waste (Polity, $22.95, 9780745687407).
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