Starred Review

The Glass Hotel

by Emily St. John Mandel

In her first novel in more than five years, National Book Award Finalist Emily St. John Mandel (Station Eleven) abandons apocalyptic settings for another kind of crisis, but again thoughtfully examines the rebuilt lives people precariously arrange after a major collapse.

Mandel opens with the 2018 drowning of beautiful, adventurous young woman Vincent Smith, "plummeting down the side of the ship in the storm's wild darkness." A dying desire to see her older half-brother, Paul, brings her to him somehow, the

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The Death of Sitting Bear

by N. Scott Momaday

From Pulitzer Prize-winning author (House Made of Dawn in 1969), Oklahoma Centennial State Poet Laureate and acclaimed Kiowa artist N. Scott Momaday comes a vibrant collection of more than 100 new and selected poems, The Death of Sitting Bear.

Presented in three parts, some poems are quick tributes to natural phenomena ("It was full of angry sound/ It was not, but its fury was visible," from "This Morning the Whirling Wind"), but no less impactful for their brevity. Simple moments--a childhood recollection

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Nonsense!: The Curious Story of Edward Gorey

by Lori Mortensen, illus. by Chloe Bristol

Echoing a style used by the subject himself, Lori Mortensen (Away with Words) and Chloe Bristol use "words and pictures. And pictures and words" to capture the essence of well-known, eccentric creator Edward Gorey (1925-2000).

Gorey was born in Chicago, a brilliant, self-taught child who "gobbled up adventures and mysteries. Comics and poetry." Young Edward skipped grades in school and moved many times with his family, but "scribbled and sketched, sketched and scribbled, wherever he went." As an adult, he

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by Rob Harrell

Here is a miraculous thing: a middle-grade novel about cancer that's really about middle school, complete with awkward moments galore, embarrassing parents and a lovable and very human hero.

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In Five Years

by Rebecca Serle

After experiencing an unexplainable vision, a woman who's meticulously planned out her life grapples with the possibility her plans might go awry.

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

KCRW's Bookworm: Harry Dodge, author of My Meteorite: Or, Without the Random There Can Be No New Thing (Penguin Books, $18, 9780143134367).

Fresh Air: David Nott, author of War Doctor: Surgery on the Front Line (Abrams, $26, 9781419744242).

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Fresh Air: Bart D. Ehrman, author of Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife (Simon & Schuster, $28, 9781501136733).

Tonight Show: Jonathan Van Ness, author of Peanut Goes for the Gold (HarperCollins, $18.99, 9780062941008).

Monday, March 30, 2020

Fresh Air: Erik Larson, author of The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz (Crown, $32, 9780385348713).

The View: Jonathan Karl, author of Front Row at the Trump Show (Dutton, $28, 9781524745622).

Thursday, March 26, 2020

KCRW's Bookworm: Rebecca Solnit, author of Recollections of My Nonexistence: A Memoir (Viking, $26, 9780593083338).

Monday, March 23, 2020

The View: Rahm Emanuel, author of The Nation City: Why Mayors Are Now Running the World (Knopf, $26.95, 9780525656388).
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