Starred Review

Cornelius Sky

by Timothy Brandoff

The underbelly of New York City during the summer of 1974 is the setting of Timothy Brandoff's meticulously rendered first novel, Cornelius Sky. The story maps the travails of Connie, a troubled, down-on-his-luck doorman at a posh Fifth Avenue apartment building.

Hard-living Connie finds it tough to hold a job. Having been employed at a half-dozen buildings over a period of 10 years, he lands a swing shift working at an upscale building that houses a widowed former First Lady and her 13-year-old son. Connie

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The Bells of Old Tokyo: Meditations on Time and a City

by Anna Sherman

The Bells of Old Tokyo: Meditations on Time and a City is Anna Sherman's exploration of a city that is not originally her own, which perhaps makes her perspective all the more closely attentive, thoughtful and serious. Through Tokyo's Bells of Time, which rang out the hours for hundreds of years, Sherman examines many aspects of both city and time. Her prose is careful, contemplative, even solemn. The result is philosophy, travel writing, elegy and love letter.

"Tokyo is one vast timepiece," begins Sherman.

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Why?

by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Caldecott Medal-winner and Geisel Award-honoree Laura Vaccaro Seeger (the Dog and Bear series) tells a sweet and simple tale of friendship between a bear and an enthusiastically curious rabbit in Why?

As young readers turn the pages of this picture book, the seasons slowly change from summer to winter. The rabbit's question, however, remains the same: "Why?" When bear (shown guzzling honey) eats too much or rabbit falls out of the tree (tumbling head over fuzzy tail), rabbit wants to know "Why?" Bear always

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Things You Save in a Fire

by Katherine Center

In this delightful novel, a woman works to earn a permanent spot in the Boston fire department, while trying to avoid falling in love with a rookie firefighter.

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Minotaur Books: The Bitterroots by CJ Box

Media Heat

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Fresh Air: Hannah Shaw, author of Tiny But Mighty: Kitten Lady's Guide to Saving the Most Vulnerable Felines (Plume, $25, 9781524744069).
 
Tonight Show: Mary Beth Keane, author of Ask Again, Yes: A Novel (Scribner, $27, 9781982106980).

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Good Morning America: Sarah M. Broom, author of The Yellow House (Grove Press, $26, 9780802125088).

Monday, August 12, 2019

CBS This Morning: Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to Be an Antiracist (One World, $27, 9780525509288).
 
Fresh Air: Helen Prejean, author of River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey (Random House, $27, 9781400067305).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: George Takei, co-author of They Called Us Enemy (Top Shelf Productions, $19.99, 9781603094504).

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Good Morning America: Marty Smith, author of Never Settle: Sports, Family, and the American Soul (Twelve, $28, 9781538732991).
 
Daily Show: Senator Michael Bennet, author of The Land of Flickering Lights: Restoring America in an Age of Broken Politics (Atlantic Monthly Press, $27, 9780802147813).

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Fresh Air: Jia Tolentino, author of Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion (Random House, $27, 9780525510543).
 
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Tommy Orange, author of There There (Vintage, $16, 9780525436140).
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