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The Warlow Experiment

by Alix Nathan

The year is 1793 and Herbert Powyss, gentleman farmer and amateur botanist, has hit upon an idea for an experiment to establish him as a true scientist: for seven years, a volunteer will live in complete isolation in a set of apartments two stories below his manor. This man will be given the same food that Powyss is served, with books and writing material to record his experience. Upon the completion of the experiment, he will receive £50 a year for the rest of his life. The only person who answers Powyss's

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Or What We'll Call Desire: Poems

by Alexandra Teague

Alexandra Teague's third collection of poems, Or What We'll Call Desire, is a lyrical, emotional dance between high art and popular culture, mythology and history. The poet ponders love, representation, mental illness, loss and patriarchy, ultimately considering across the pages the depiction of, and the making of, a woman's form.

Everything gets folded together into layered musings both embedded in and separated from the now--snapshots of landscapes and moments in time dissected and woven into each other.

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Manhattan: Mapping the Story of an Island

by Jennifer Thermes

"Millions of years ago when the glaciers melted, before anything had a name, the island lay sheltered in an estuary." For thousands of years, the Lenape people lived on the island of Mannahatta, "using what they needed and nothing more." In 1609, Englishman Henry Hudson saw the island and told his Dutch employer about the land; the Dutch then claimed its southern port as their own.

So begins Jennifer Thermes's (Charles Darwin's Around-the-World Adventure) picture book history of New York City, Manhattan: Mapping

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The World Doesn't Require You: Stories

by Rion Amilcar Scott

Set in a fictional town founded following the only slave revolt in the U.S., The World Doesn't Require You delivers unforgettable characters and acerbic observations about race, masculinity and diminishing faith in institutions.

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The Downstairs Girl

by Stacey Lee

In this polished YA novel set in 1890 Atlanta, a Chinese teenager anonymously vents her progressive ideas about gender and race in a newspaper advice column.

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The Bird Boys

by Lisa Sandlin

A freshly minted private investigator and his capable, ex-con secretary solve several cases in 1970s Texas while facing their own personal obstacles.

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Lion Forge: No Ivy League by Hazel Newlevant

Media Heat

Thursday, August 22, 2019

KCRW's Bookworm: Peter Orner, author of Maggie Brown & Others: Stories (Little, Brown, $27, 9780316516112).

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Fresh Air: Charles King, author of Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century (Doubleday, $30, 9780385542197).

Monday, August 19, 2019

Fresh Air: Jill Heinerth, author of Into the Planet: My Life as a Cave Diver (Ecco, $29.99, 9780062691545).

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Fresh Air: Hannah Shaw, author of Tiny But Mighty: Kitten Lady's Guide to Saving the Most Vulnerable Felines (Plume, $25, 9781524744069).
 
Tonight Show: Mary Beth Keane, author of Ask Again, Yes: A Novel (Scribner, $27, 9781982106980).

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Good Morning America: Sarah M. Broom, author of The Yellow House (Grove Press, $26, 9780802125088).
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