Starred Review

Love and the Rocking Chair

by Leo and Diane

A couple purchases a beautiful rocking chair in anticipation of their new baby. They sing to their son and read stories together, and as he grows, he rocks "back and forth, pretending the chair [is] a wild horse racing across the plains." Over time the rocker is forgotten and put away. When the boy, now a man, marries and has a child of his own, he remembers the chair and "lovingly dust[s] it off and place[s] it back where it belong[ed]" in the nursery, continuing three generations of love and tradition.

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Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History

by Vashti Harrison, Kwesi Johnson

Inventors, authors, musicians, activists and others come to life in Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History by Vashti Harrison (Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History) with Kwesi Johnson. In 35 brief illustrated biographies, Harrison highlights the achievements of black men through centuries of world history, including renowned figures like Frederick Douglass and Prince and lesser-known, but equally important, men such as Benjamin Banneker, who built the first full-sized clock in America, and

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More to the Story

by Hena Khan

It's not necessary to be a fan of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women to enjoy Hena Khan's (Amina's Voice) More to the Story, but it does add a soupçon of literary gratification. Jameela (Jam) is a 13-year-old aspiring journalist. She and her three sisters are loosely based on the March sisters, with counterpart-corresponding names (Jameela/Jo, Aleeza/Amy, etc.). Life in their happy, bickering Pakistani American Muslim family has always been pretty uneventful--until now. A cute Pakistani British boy moves

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by Meredith Russo

In Meredith Russo's Birthday, Morgan and Eric redefine their lifetime bond through various stages of friendship, separation and falling in love.

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American Royals

by Katharine McGee

American Royals reimagines the U.S. as a monarchy, following the first queen-to-be and her siblings through delicious scandals.

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Grand Central Publishing: A Minute to Midnight (Atlee Pine Thriller #2) by David Baldacci

Media Heat

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Daily Show: Alicia Menendez, author of The Likeability Trap: How to Break Free and Succeed as You Are (HarperBusiness, $28.99, 9780062838766).

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Fresh Air: Heidi Blake, author of From Russia with Blood: The Kremlin's Ruthless Assassination Program and Vladimir Putin's Secret War on the West (Mulholland Books, $15.99, 9780316417211).
Good Morning America: Vashti Harrison, author of Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $17.99, 9780316475143).

Monday, November 18, 2019

Good Morning America: Marie Kondo, co-author of Kiki & Jax: The Life-Changing Magic of Friendship (Crown Books for Young Readers, $17.99, 9780525646266).
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Jacqueline Woodson, author of Red at the Bone: A Novel (Riverhead, $26, 9780525535270).

Thursday, November 14, 2019

KCRW's Bookworm: Jeanette Winterson, author of Frankissstein: A Novel (Grove Press, $27, 9780802129499).

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Tonight Show: Rachel Maddow, author of Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth (Crown, $30, 9780525575474).
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