Starred Review

At Night All Blood Is Black

by David Diop, trans. by Anna Moschovakis

Spare and devastating, At Night All Blood Is Black by French Senegalese author David Diop is a bone-chilling anti-war treatise. He chooses as backdrop a little-known chapter of World War I annals, when the French government drafted some 200,000 soldiers from its colonies, including Senegal. The unfolding tragedy, involving two 20-year-old "more-than-brothers" conscripted to kill strangers for incomprehensible reasons, resonates far beyond the geographic, political, racial and historical details.

Mademba Diop

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How Should One Read a Book?

by Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf's How Should One Read a Book? is an essay for both readers and writers, and this new edition is available as a standalone essay for the first time, framed with an introduction and afterword by Sheila Heti (How Should a Person Be?).  

Woolf's text recalls the inherent joys of different kinds of reading--no matter what any critics might have to say on the matter. Woolf writes about the personal nature of reading, and how it can be done "to refresh and exercise our own creative powers" as

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The Enigma Game

by Elizabeth Wein

Three teens in Scotland during World War II find an Enigma machine in Elizabeth Wein's riveting fourth historical YA novel in the Code Name Verity companion series, The Enigma Game.

In November 1940, 15-year-old Louisa Adair takes a job caring for an elderly German woman in the village neighboring the Windyedge Royal Air Force base. This is the closest she can come to her dreams of flying in the war effort since her gender and British-Jamaican heritage bar her from service. Ellen McEwen is an RAF volunteer

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Media Heat

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

The View: Michael Eric Dyson, author of Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America (St. Martin's Press, $25.99, 9781250276759).
Today Show: Kathie Lee Gifford, author of It's Never Too Late: Make the Next Act of Your Life the Best Act of Your Life (Thomas Nelson, $26.99, 9780785236641).

Monday, November 30, 2020

Fresh Air: Neal Gabler, author of Catching the Wind: Edward Kennedy and the Liberal Hour, 1932-1975 (Crown, $40, 9780307405449).

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Barack Obama, author of A Promised Land (Crown, $45, 9781524763169).

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Fresh Air: David Chang, author of Eat a Peach: A Memoir (Clarkson Potter, $28, 9781524759216).

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

NPR's Morning Edition: Kwame Alexander, author of Light for the World to See: A Thousand Words on Race and Hope (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $14.99, 9780358539414).

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Barack Obama, author of A Promised Land (Crown, $45, 9781524763169).

Monday, November 23, 2020

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Jeff Tweedy, author of How to Write One Song: Loving the Things We Create and How They Love Us Back (Dutton, $23, 9780593183526).

Late Late Show with James Corden: Michael J. Fox, author of No Time Like the Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality (Flatiron, $27.99, 9781250265616).
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