Starred Review

Zoey Punches the Future in the Dick

by David Wong

The future is simultaneously familiar and utterly ridiculous in Zoey Punches the Future in the Dick, the second Zoey Ashe thriller from David Wong, after Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits. As the story opens, Zoey is addressing a hostage crisis in one of the many businesses of various degrees of shadiness that she inherited from her extremely shady father. She and the team--whom she also inherited, and thinks of as the Suits--appear to resolve the situation, only to discover later that it isn't over when

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What Tech Calls Thinking: An Inquiry into the Intellectual Bedrock of Silicon Valley

by Adrian Daub

Silicon Valley and its take on technological improvements and problem-solving have so shaped contemporary life that its moguls are often uncritically held up as maverick geniuses who have broken past norms to build a new world. But, as Adrian Daub, professor of comparative literature and German studies at Stanford University, deftly explicates in What Tech Calls Thinking: An Inquiry into the Intellectual Bedrock of Silicon Valley, the so-called genius of leading tech thinkers may be less about inherent radical

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The Call Me Ishmael Phone Book: An Interactive Guide to Life-Changing Books

by Stephanie Kent, Logan Smalley

The Call Me Ishmael Project began with an impassioned conversation between book lovers Stephanie Kent and Logan Smalley in a pub. Arguing over the best opening lines in literature, they finally agreed to compromise on Herman Melville's Moby-Dick. Moments later, they noticed the pun in the phrase. What would happen, they wondered, if readers could call Ishmael and leave a voice message? Several hours later, they had a working phone number with a message that challenged readers to tell "Ishmael" a story about

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by Alexa Martin

In this socially conscious romance, a Black pro football player, who has been kneeling during the national anthem, and the team's communications manager start falling for each other.

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I Am a Capybara

by Michela Fabbri

Michaela Fabbri gives readers a taste of poetry, friendship and other small wonders through the eyes of a capybara that delights in dressing up as a whale.

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Plain Bad Heroines

by Emily M. Danforth, illus. by Sara Lautman

In Emily Danforth's chilling adult debut, a curse that destroyed a boarding school over a century ago returns to bedevil three women involved in a movie about the school's haunted history.

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On Account of the Gum

by Adam Rex

In this picture-book comedy of errors, a kid finds that having bubble gum-blighted hair isn't as big a problem as the would-be solutions administered by well-meaning relatives and others.

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Attack Surface

by Cory Doctorow

This high-tech surveillance-state thriller offers real hope and warmth, even as it scares readers into permanent airplane mode.

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Andrews McMeel Publishing: Dkmh: Poems by Dacre Montgomery

Media Heat

Thursday, October 22, 2020

KCRW's Bookworm: Charles Yu, author of Interior Chinatown: A Novel (Pantheon, $25.95, 9780307907196).

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Andrew Cuomo, author of American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic (Crown, $30, 9780593239261).

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Fresh Air: Sigrid Nunez, author of What Are You Going Through: A Novel (Riverhead, $26, 9780593191415).

Today Show: Steve Madden, author of The Cobbler (Radius Book Group $26.99, 9781636766950).

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Today Show: Ali Rogin, author of Beat Breast Cancer Like a Boss: 30 Powerful Stories (Diversion, $17.99, 9781635767131).

Good Morning America: Natalie Portman, co-author of Natalie Portman's Fables (Feiwel & Friends, $19.99, 9781250246868).

The View: Alicia Garza, author of The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart (One World, $27, 9780525509684).

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Dolly Parton, co-author of Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics (Chronicle, $50, 9781797205090).

Monday, October 19, 2020

Good Morning America: Matthew McConaughey, author of Greenlights (Crown, $30, 9780593139134).

Fresh Air: H.W. Brands, author of The Zealot and the Emancipator: John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, and the Struggle for American Freedom (Doubleday, $30, 9780385544009).

Thursday, October 15, 2020

KCRW's Bookworm: Marilynne Robinson, author of Jack: A Novel (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $27, 9780374279301).
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