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The Majesties

by Tiffany Tsao

Since comparisons to Kevin Kwan's Crazy Rich Asians seem unavoidable, here's what might be familiar: yes, crazy, rich, Asian characters populate Tiffany Tsao's The Majesties. Differences, however, immediately overshadow superficial similarities, most obviously from the very first sentence: "When your sister murders three hundred people, you can't help but wonder why--especially if you were one of the intended victims." As the sole survivor of her sister's deadly machinations, Gwendolyn--called

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Life in a Cold Climate: Nancy Mitford: The Biography

by Laura Thompson

Beautiful, aristocratic and controversial, the Mitford sisters are still famous, largely because the oldest, Nancy, enriched her eight novels with details from her family's eccentric lives. In Life in a Cold Climate, Laura Thompson (The Six: Lives of the Mitford Sisters) investigates this enigmatic woman through her books and letters, and through interviews with two of her sisters, casting a brilliant light upon a writer whose glamour kept her books from receiving the respect they deserved.

Nancy Mitford (1904-1973)

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Dark and Deepest Red

by Anna-Marie McLemore

Anna-Marie McLemore's fifth novel, the National Book Award-longlisted Dark and Deepest Red, is an artful, spellbinding YA reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Red Shoes."

Lala and her Tante Dorenia moved to Strasbourg because, as Tante says, "What we are, they have made it a crime in our own country. So we will go somewhere no one knows us." She refers to a law that forces the Romani out of home after home: "Whoever harms a Gypsy commits no crime." Then "la fièvre de la danse" takes over the

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The Tenant

by Katrine Engberg

The first Kørner and Werner thriller published in the United States finds the Copenhagen detectives looking for a killer who took inspiration from a scene in a crime novel.

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The Runaway Princess

by Johan Troïanowski

This middle-grade graphic novel starring an adventuresome princess has fairy tale motifs, modern touches and an irresistible improvised quality.

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The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison

by John F. Callahan , Marc C. Conner, editors

This monumental collection of Ralph Ellison's letters over seven decades illuminates the writer's personal life, writer's block and astute opinions on social issues and the literary landscape.

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Black Is a Rainbow Color

by Angela Joy, illus. by Ekua Holmes

Black Is a Rainbow Color is a bright picture book that shines a light on the history and importance of black personhood within the United States.

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Crown Books for Young Readers: Clean Getaway by Nic Stone

Media Heat

Thursday, January 23, 2020

KCRW's Bookworm: Daniel Mendelsohn, author of Ecstasy and Terror: From the Greeks to Game of Thrones (New York Review Books, $18.95, 9781681374055).

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Philip Rucker and Carol Leonnig, authors of A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump's Testing of America (Penguin Press, $30, 9781984877499).

Daily Show: Kim Ghattas, author of Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry That Unraveled Culture, Religion, and Collective Memory in the Middle East (Holt, $30, 9781250131201).

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Good Morning America: Candace Cameron Bure, author of Grow, Candace, Grow (Zonderkidz, $17.99, 9780310762836).

Thursday, January 16, 2020

KCRW's Bookworm: Jonathan Blum, author of The Usual Uncertainties: Stories (Rescue Press, $17.99, 9780999418659).

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Fresh Air: Joe Palazzolo and Michael Rothfeld, authors of The Fixers: The Bottom-Feeders, Crooked Lawyers, Gossipmongers, and Porn Stars Who Created the 45th President (Random House, $28, 9780593132395).

Today Show: Colin O'Brady, author of The Impossible First: From Fire to Ice--Crossing Antarctica Alone (Scribner, $28, 9781982133115).

Daily Show: Rick Wilson, author of Running Against the Devil: A Plot to Save America from Trump--and Democrats from Themselves (Crown Forum, $28, 9780593137581).
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