Starred Review

Members Only

by Sameer Pandya

Members Only, the first novel by Sameer Pandya (author of the story collection The Blind Writer), is as provocative as it is comedic. In a horribly misguided attempt to bond with the first people of color since his own admission into a suburban Los Angeles tennis club, Raj's well-intended but inexcusable use of a slur sets off what will clearly be the worst week of his life. As a Bombay-born Indian American, Raj was the lone member of color at the Tennis Club. His welcome was indirect--because he's his

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Notes on a Silencing: A Memoir

by Lacy Crawford

The propulsive memoir Notes on a Silencing opens in October 1990, when Lacy Crawford, at age 15, was sexually assaulted by two star athletes at St. Paul's School in Concord, N.H.--described in the third person.

The facts carry readers along as they would in a crime novel, with clinical details that force observers to imagine the motives and emotions of the perpetrators and victim. Crawford then shifts to a first-person narrative. "What interests me," she writes, "is the near impossibility of telling what happened

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Burn Our Bodies Down

by Rory Power

Relationships are at the heart of Rory Power's creepy thriller about three generations of women who bear an uncanny resemblance to each other.

Margot Nielsen's mother, Jo, is quick to fight, quick to flinch from affection and so deeply involved with her secrets that Margot mostly fends for herself. Mother and daughter look so much alike--down to the same streaks of gray at their temples--that Margot wonders where her mother came from, but Jo won't open up. " 'Nobody but you and me,' " her mother

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Survivor Song

by Paul Tremblay

The horror master's twist on zombie fiction places a pregnant woman and her close friend into a desperate race for survival during an outbreak of "super rabies."

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Nine Shiny Objects

by Brian Castleberry

A utopian community's evolution and tragic demise are witnessed by outsiders in this atmospheric novel-in-stories set in the U.S. during the Cold War.

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The Voting Booth

by Brandy Colbert

Over the course of Election Day, civic-minded Marva and easy-going Duke grow close as they attempt to find and reach his polling station.

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Media Heat

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Fresh Air: Larry Tye, author of Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator McCarthy (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $36, 9781328959720).

Thursday, July 2, 2020

KCRW's Bookworm: Scott Spencer, author of An Ocean Without a Shore: A Novel (Ecco, $27.99, 9780062851628).

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Fresh Air: Dr. Danielle Ofri, author of When We Do Harm: A Doctor Confronts Medical Error (Beacon Press, $26.95, 9780807037881).

Good Morning America: Dr. Jill Biden, author of Joey: The Story of Joe Biden (Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman, $19.99, 9781534480537).

Monday, June 29, 2020

Today Show: Megha Majumdar, author of A Burning: A Novel (Knopf, $25.95, 9780525658696).

Thursday, June 25, 2020

KCRW's Bookworm: Brit Bennett, author of The Vanishing Half: A Novel (Riverhead, $27, 9780525536291).
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