Starred Review

The Parisian

by Isabella Hammad

The Parisian is Isabella Hammad's remarkable exploration of a Palestinian man's life within the broader geopolitical context of World War I and the British Mandate in Palestine. Midhat Kamal is a teenager in Nablus, a city north of Jerusalem, at the cusp of the war, born into a wealthy merchant family. Eager for his son to avoid military duty, Midhat's widowed father sends him to Montpelier, France, to study medicine. At 19, he is restless for new adventures and promptly falls in love with his French host's

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Autumn Light: Season of Fire and Farewells

by Pico Iyer

Readers for whom the name Pico Iyer (The Year of StillnessThe Man Within My Head) conjures up images of a globetrotting journalist posting from places like Dharamsala may be surprised by the domesticated version of him they encounter in his elegiac memoir, Autumn Light. But with the beauty of its prose and the quality of its insight, this gentle, reflective reminiscence reveals again Iyer's literary virtuosity.

Focusing on two months in the late fall of 2013, Iyer eloquently describes his

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White Rose

by Kip Wilson

White Rose is the fictionalized story of historical figure Sophie Scholl, a student at the University of Munich killed for her rebellion against the Nazis.

Sophie sees her world changing drastically as Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich seize power. Desperate to do something to stop the tide of terror overtaking the country--and then the world--Sophie feels impotent, saying "the war booms/ on while I sit/ here helpless, unable/ to do anything to/ stop it." Her passion is clear as she joins her brother, Hans,

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Normal People

by Sally Rooney

Irish author Sally Rooney's second novel is a coming-of-age story whose protagonists come from different social classes but share intellectual acuity and an abiding affection.

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A Piglet Named Mercy

by Kate DiCamillo, illus. by Chris Van Dusen

Based on Kate DiCamillo's and Chris Van Dusen's hit early chapter book series, A Piglet Named Mercy gives porcine Mercy Watson the picture book treatment.

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Oxford University Press: The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffrey C. Stewart

Media Heat

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Fresh Air: Tyler Kepner, author of K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches (Doubleday, $28.95, 9780385541015).
KCRW's Bookworm: Nathan Englander, author of (Knopf, $24.95, 9781524732752).

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer, authors of The Hill to Die On: The Battle for Congress and the Future of Trump's America (Crown, $28, 9780525574743).

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Fresh Air: Bill McKibben, author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? (Holt, $28, 9781250178268).
Here & Now: Janny Scott, author of The Beneficiary: Fortune, Misfortune, and the Story of My Father (Riverhead Books, $28, 9781594634192).

Monday, April 15, 2019

Fresh Air: Robert Caro, author of Working (Knopf, $25, 9780525656340).
CBS This Morning: David Brooks, author of The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life (Random House, $28, 9780812993264).

Thursday, April 11, 2019

KCRW's Bookworm: Chris Cander, author of The Weight of a Piano (Knopf, $26.95, 9780525654674).
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