Starred Review

Mother Noise

by Cindy House

Mother Noise, Cindy House's "graphic narrative piece," is an unexpectedly uplifting memoir that tells the story of House's heroin addiction, 20 years of recovery and the anxiety over sharing her past with her son.  

This collection of more than 20 nonlinear essays, interspersed with whimsical drawings, begins when House's son, Atlas, is nine years old. House reflects: "It is only now that I am thinking of how to tell him about my past that I realize how much danger I was in back then." Her honest narration

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City of Orange

by David Yoon

For those who think every post-apocalyptic novel is the same, City of Orange by David Yoon (Version Zero; Super Fake Love Song) argues otherwise. The opening is familiar: man wakes up in a desolate nowhere and can't remember his name or the traumas preceding this moment. But Yoon refuses to follow the typical script, taking readers on an often funny and always compelling journey through the mystery man's past, an alternative present and the uncertain future.

The novel begins in 2010 in California, all concrete

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The Patron Thief of Bread

by Lindsay Eagar

In the spectacular middle-grade novel The Patron Thief of Bread, an eight-year-old girl called Duck wages an internal battle over her loyalties. Are the Crowns, a ragtag band of orphans who roam the streets relieving townspeople of their pocket change, her family? Or does she belong with the kind "behemoth baker" to whom she is fake-apprenticed to keep the orphans in bread and coin?

Duck, "a pale and grimy girl with dull hair," and the Crowns move from "alleyway to bridge to lodge," always on the lookout for

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The Uncollected Essays of Elizabeth Hardwick

by Alex Andriesse, editor

Elizabeth Hardwick's popularity never matched the enormous regard critics had for her during her life. However, thanks to a string of publications following her death in 2007, the word is out. The Uncollected Essays of Elizabeth Hardwick, edited by Alex Andriesse, makes a fine companion to her Collected Essays, selected by Darryl Pinckney and published in 2017.

Featuring 35 essays, this anthology covers everything from headline news, such as the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal ("Head over Heels") and the O.J. Simpson

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Unequal: A Story of America

by Michael Eric Dyson, Marc Favreau

Michael Eric Dyson, author of The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, explodes onto the YA scene with co-writer Marc Favreau (Crash: The Great Depression and the Fall and Rise of America) in a potent and weighty collection of stories that demonstrate the ubiquity of racial inequality in the United States. With each unsettling case of racial disparity, the authors also introduce their teen audience to freedom-fighting Black Americans determined to bend the arc of the moral universe

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Francis Discovers Possible

by Ashlee Latimer, illus. by Shahrzad Maydani

In this warm and appealing picture book by debut author Ashlee Latimer, with art by Poetree illustrator Shahrzad Maydani, word-loving Francis faces classroom unkindnesses in a way that may encourage young readers.

Pig-tailed, rosy-cheeked, brown-skinned Francis loves words. And she loves Tuesdays because that's the day Mr. Prewett asks a student to pick a letter. It's Francis's turn and she is ready to choose the letter "P." But first the class reviews letters already chosen: "A is for antelope... R is for

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Inheritance: A Visual Poem

by Elizabeth Acevedo, illus. by Andrea Pippins

Elizabeth Acevedo's most famously performed, utterly empowering Inheritance: A Verse Poem lands on the page, enhanced with spectacular vibrancy by artist Andrea Pippins.

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Falling

by T.J. Newman

Former flight attendant and debut novelist T.J. Newman delivers a tense, Mission Impossible-worthy roller-coaster ride.

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Two Nights in Lisbon

by Chris Pavone

A woman's insistence that her husband has been kidnapped is met with resistance from the Lisbon police and the CIA in this superb thriller that combines domestic suspense with the spy novel.

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Never Coming Home

by Hannah Mary McKinnon

In this exceptional thriller,a charming con man who anonymously orchestrates his selfish wife's disappearance finds his confidence waning when he begins receiving threatening notes.

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Malibu Rising

by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Years of pent-up emotions explode at an infamous annual Malibu party in this absorbing and moving family drama.

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Hide

by Kiersten White

Sharp-witted and adrenaline-packed, Hide is a supernatural horror thriller that will fill readers with unease at the same time as it keeps them turning pages.

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The Dictionary of Lost Words

by Pip Williams

A young British woman quietly creates a compendium of words from women and the lower classes in this sweeping feminist bildungsroman set against the writing of the first Oxford English Dictionary.

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Are We Ever Our Own

by Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes

Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes's impressive BOA Short Fiction Prize-winning collection showcases 11 intricate stories linking the Armando Castell women through generations.

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Media Heat

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Good Morning America: Andy Baraghani, author of The Cook You Want to Be: Everyday Recipes to Impress (A Cookbook) (Lorena Jones Books, $35, 9781984858566).

Tamron Hall: Namina Forna, author of The Merciless Ones (Delacorte Press, $17.99, 9781984848727).

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Fresh Air: Diana Goetsch, author of This Body I Wore: A Memoir (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $28, 9780374115098).

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: James Stavridis, author of To Risk It All: Nine Conflicts and the Crucible of Decision (Penguin Press, $28, 9780593297742).

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Good Morning America: Colton Haynes, author of Miss Memory Lane: A Memoir (Atria, $28, 9781982176174).

The View: Kellyanne Conway, author of Here's the Deal: A Memoir (Threshold Editions, $30, 9781982187347).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Kwame Onwuachi, co-author of My America: Recipes from a Young Black Chef (Knopf, $35, 9780525659600).

Jimmy Kimmel Live: Van Lathan Jr., author of Fat, Crazy, and Tired: Tales from the Trenches of Transformation (Legacy Lit, $26, 9780306923722).

Monday, May 23, 2022

Fresh Air: Emma Straub, author of This Time Tomorrow (Riverhead, $28, 9780525539001).
 
Live with Kelly and Ryan: Seth Meyers, author of I'm Not Scared, You're Scared (Flamingo Books, $18.99, 9780593352373).

Thursday, May 19, 2022

The View: Selma Blair, author of Mean Baby: A Memoir of Growing Up (Knopf, $30, 9780525659495).
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