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Remote Control

by Nnedi Okorafor

World Fantasy Award-winning Nigerian-American sci-fi master Nnedi Okorafor (Binti: Home; Akata Witch) will enthrall readers with this Africanfuturist novella about a Ghanaian girl cursed with mysterious, deadly powers.

Before Ghana comes to know her as Sankofa, the Adopted Daughter of Death, she is Fatima, a malaria-prone five-year-old nicknamed "Starwriter" because she draws constellations and imaginary "sky words" in the soil. After a mysterious meteor shower, Fatima finds a glowing green seed beneath her

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Walking with Ghosts

by Gabriel Byrne

Irish actor Gabriel Byrne has maintained a lauded and diverse career on stage and screen for 40 years. And the story of his life--especially his formative years as the oldest child in a poor, hardworking family at a time when Ireland was struggling to find a place in the modern world and the twisty roads he's traveled as a performer--is as fascinating as his long list of credits.

Byrne was born in Dublin in 1950, a time when the Catholic Church anchored the lives of many in Ireland. The church's presence looms

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Ensnared in the Wolf's Lair: Inside the 1944 Plot to Kill Hitler and the Ghost Children of His Revenge

by Ann Bausum

Ann Bausum's engrossing Ensnared in the Wolf's Lair details Adolf Hitler's sweeping revenge against participants (and their families) in a failed coup and assassination attempt.

Bausum charts Hitler's rise to power and the subsequent resistance by German dissidents that culminated in a failed attack on Hitler at his isolated military outpost, the Wolf's Lair. Trusted associates and community leaders banded together against the regime to mount an assault code-named Operation Valkyrie. When the plot deployed

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This Small Blue Dot

by Zeno Sworder

In this welcome-to-the-world picture book, a girl dispenses all sorts of good advice to a newborn baby (a super-cute proxy for an older reader).

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Dog Flowers

by Danielle Geller

By confronting her elusive, late mother through letters, photographs, diaries and her own memories, Danielle Geller embarks on a difficult journey toward self-understanding.

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by Angie Hockman

This madcap escapade pits a driven workaholic for a cruise line against her handsome professional nemesis while sailing to the Galápagos Islands.

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Knock Knock

by Anders Roslund

An ex-informant and an about-to-retire police inspector are forced to team up in this edgy Scandinavian thriller.

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W. W. Norton & Company: The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine by Janice P Nimura

Media Heat

Thursday, January 21, 2021

KCRW's Bookworm: Eileen Myles, author of For Now (Why I Write) (Yale University Press, $18, 9780300244649).

Fresh Air: Daniel Lieberman, author of Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do Is Healthy and Rewarding (Pantheon, $29.95, 9781524746988).

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Wendy Williams: Tommy Davidson, co-author of Living in Color: What's Funny About Me: Stories from In Living Color, Pop Culture, and the Stand-Up Comedy Scene of the '80s & '90s (Kensington, $15.95, 9781496712967).

Thursday, January 14, 2021

KCRW's Bookworm: Alan Felsenthal and Peter Cole discuss Take Arms Against a Sea of Troubles: The Power of the Reader’s Mind over a Universe of Death by Harold Bloom (Yale University Press, $35, 9780300247282).

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Fresh Air: Kerri Greenidge, author of Black Radical: The Life and Times of William Monroe Trotter (Liveright, $19.95, 9781631498756).

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Fresh Air: Adam Jentleson, author of Kill Switch: The Rise of the Modern Senate and the Crippling of American Democracy (Liveright, $26.95, 9781631497773).

Good Morning America: Bevy Smith, author of Bevelations: Lessons from a Mutha, Auntie, Bestie (Andy Cohen Books, $24.99, 9781250311788).

Today Show: James Comey, author of Saving Justice: Truth, Transparency, and Trust (Flatiron, $29.99, 9781250799128).
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