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The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt

by Ken Krimstein

Political thinker and philosopher Hannah Arendt was a genius, a survivor and a firebrand. Her distinctive perspective on politics and the human condition has influenced countless writers across genres and disciplines. Moreover, her advocacy of cultural critics like Walter Benjamin helped highlight their work. The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt is a graphic novel that plays with memory and thought, most interested in particular points in her life than an encyclopedic retelling of her biography.
 
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A Very Large Expanse of Sea

by Tahereh Mafi

In A Very Large Expanse of Sea, Tahereh Mafi, author of the bestselling Shatter Me series, detours from her usual fantasy novels and, for the first time, takes a leap into the world of contemporary fiction.
 
The story is told through the eyes of Shirin, a daughter of Iranian immigrants, who is entering her second year of high school a year after September 11, 2001. Shirin, taunted not only at school but also on the streets, feels cast out, humiliated, angry, and forms a shell between her and the world.

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Born Scared

by Kevin Brooks

A teen, with the help of the voice of his dead twin sister, overcomes mountainous challenges in Kevin Brooks's Born Scared.

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Africville

by Shauntay Grant, illus. by Eva Campbell

A young girl daydreams about the once-thriving community of Africville, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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The Craftsman

by Sharon Bolton

A Met Police assistant commissioner returns to the town where she captured a killer 30 years earlier, only to find the horrific killings may have continued.

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Harper: Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver

Media Heat

Thursday, October 18, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: Tommy Orange, author of There There (Knopf, $25.95, 9780525520375).

NPR's Here & Now: Sally Field, author of In Pieces (Grand Central, $29, 9781538763025).

The View: Jill Soloway, author of She Wants It: Desire, Power, and Toppling the Patriarchy (Crown Archetype, $27, 9781101904749).

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Morning Edition: Nadia Murad, author of The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State (Tim Duggan Books, $16, 9781524760441).

Here & Now: Ben Bradlee, Jr., author of The Forgotten: How the People of One Pennsylvania County Elected Donald Trump and Changed America (Little, Brown, $28, 9780316515733).

Daily Show: Julian Castro, author of An Unlikely Journey: Waking Up from My American Dream (Little, Brown, $28, 9780316252164).

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Fresh Air: Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author and illustrator of Hey Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt with Family Addiction (Graphix, $14.99, 9780545902489).

NPR's Here & Now: Pete Souza, author of Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents (Little, Brown, $30, 9780316421829).

CBS This Morning: James Clear, author of Atomic Habits: Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones (Avery, $27, 9780735211292).

Thursday, October 11, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: Gary Shteyngart, author of Lake Success: A Novel (Random House, $28, 9780812997415).

Fresh Air: Vanessa Grigoriadis, author of Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power, and Consent on Campus (Eamon Dolan/Mariner, $15.99, 9781328511935).

Daily Show: Nicole Chung, author of All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir (Catapult, $26, 9781936787975).
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