Starred Review

You Never Forget Your First

by Alexis Coe

If the cheeky title of historian Alexis Coe's biography of George Washington suggests anything, it should be this: You Never Forget Your First is not the typical, dry, academic biography of a Founding Father. On the contrary, Coe's work is at once entertaining and insightful, offering a fresh perspective on one of the most famous figures of American history--and one of the most mythologized.

Coe (Alice + Freda Forever) calls her work on Washington an "addition to a crowded bookshelf," and while that may be

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A Black Women's History of the United States

by Daina Ramey Berry, Kali Nicole Gross

A Black Women's History of the United States is a fascinating look at how Black women have always played a role in American history, although that role was, and still is, often downplayed. History professors Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross showcase hundreds of instances of strength, defiance and achievement by Black women. Their book begins with Isabel de Olvera, a woman of African descent who joined an expedition to New Spain in 1600, and ends with Patricia Okoumou, who climbed the Statue of Liberty

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The Body Under the Piano

by Marthe Jocelyn, illus. by Isabelle Follath

A wannabe sleuth, a new friend, a despised neighbor and a confounding murder splendidly combine in this novel based on the imagined childhood of Agatha Christie.

"I will tell you first about making a new friend and save the dead body for later. This follows the traditional rules of storytelling--lull the reader with pleasant scenery and lively dialogue, introduce a few appealing characters, and then--aha!--discover a corpse!" It's 1902, and 12-year-old Aggie Morton lives in a small coastal English town. She,

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We Wish You Luck

by Caroline Zancan

Graduate students form inseparable friendships and catastrophic rivalries in a tale that will linger with readers long after the last page.

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Women Artists A to Z

by Melanie Labarge, illus. by Caroline Corrigan

Women Artists A to Z is a lush, vibrant and empowering abecedarian showcasing women luminaries (past and present) of the art world.

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A Good Man

by Ani Katz

A slow-burn psychological thriller, this compact novel is a portrait of white male rage taken to its violent breaking point.

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Universal Love

by Alexander Weinstein

These short stories introduce a near-future world where the bonds of human love and interaction struggle against technological advancements.

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All the Ways We Said Goodbye

by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, Karen White

Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig and Karen White team up in their passionate third historical fiction collaboration, set largely at the glamorous Paris Ritz.

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Media Heat

Thursday, February 13, 2020

KCRW's Bookworm: Tobias Wolff, author of This Boy's Life: A Memoir (Grove Press, $16, 9780802136688).

Fresh Air: James Jacoby, director of the two-hour PBS Frontline documentary Amazon Empire: The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos, which airs next Tuesday, February 18.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Fresh Air: Jill Wine-Banks, author of The Watergate Girl: My Fight for Truth and Justice Against a Criminal President (Holt, $27.99, 9781250244321).

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Good Morning America: Allison Pataki, author of The Queen's Fortune: A Novel of Desiree, Napoleon, and the Dynasty That Outlasted the Empire (Ballantine, $28, 9780593128183).

Monday, February 10, 2020

Daily Show: Tochi Onyebuchi, author of Riot Baby (Tor, $19.99, 9781250214751).

Thursday, February 6, 2020

KCRW's Bookworm: Fanny Howe, author of Love and I: Poems (Graywolf Press, $16, 9781644450048).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Paul Yoon, author of Run Me to Earth (Simon & Schuster, $26, 9781501154041).
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