Starred Review

The Lonely Witness

by William Boyle

William Boyle's The Lonely Witness is a knockout combination of in-depth character work, Brooklyn atmosphere and straight-up gritty noir. The devotion Boyle (Gravesend) demonstrates for character, story and place is perhaps the one unadulterated emotion on display in a story imbued with ambiguous morality and loyalty.

When Amy Falconetti's girlfriend Alessandra leaves her to pursue a career in Hollywood, she rebounds by quitting her bar job, ditching her semi-goth style, moving into a basement apartment and

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Born with Wings: The Spiritual Journey of a Modern Muslim Woman

by Daisy Khan

Daisy Khan is a highly educated Muslim community leader for whom spirituality, the promotion of peace, gender equality and human dignity all go hand in hand. Born with Wings is an intimate and engaging portrayal of the conflicted journey Khan's faith takes after she moves to the United States from Kashmir, and her activism on behalf of Muslim women worldwide.

Khan is searingly honest about her crisis of faith following the 1979 Iranian revolution and the hijacking of Islam by extremists. Working as a young

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Julián Is a Mermaid

by Jessica Love

Riding the subway after a visit to the pool with his grandmother, young Julián notices three glamorous fellow passengers he's convinced are mermaids. "Julián LOVES mermaids." On the stroll home, he asks, "Abuela, did you see the mermaids?" Walking in sync, she replies, "I saw them, mijo." That confirmation is all Julián needs to reveal, "Abuela, I am also a mermaid."

At home, Abuela announces she's off to take a bath. Left alone, Julián gets down to the business of self-expression.

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by Carys Davies

In this tale of fantasy, hope and risk, a mule breeder heads west to search for a mythic beast while his daughter struggles quietly at home.

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Ship It

by Britta Lundin

As she navigates online fandom, fanfic and realizations about her sexuality, 16-year-old Claire falls in love with a young woman for the first time.

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Like Brothers

by Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass

Indie film favorites, the Duplass brothers pen a heartfelt and insightful memoir that is essential reading for film buffs.

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The Emissary

by Yoko Tawada, trans. by Margaret Mitsutani

Yoko Tawada considers how an isolated, fantastic version of post-Fukushima Japan suffers when its youth die prematurely and the elderly are doomed to immortality.

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Harper: Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces by Michael Chabon

Media Heat

Thursday, May 17, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: Joyce Carol Oates, author of A Book of American Martyrs: A Novel (Ecco, $19.99, 9780062643056).

Thursday, May 10, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: Leslie Jamison, author of The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath (Little, Brown, $30, 9780316259613).

CBS This Morning: Phil Knight, author of Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike (Scribner, $20, 9781501135927).

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Daily Show: Diane Guerrero, author of My Family Divided: One Girl's Journey of Home, Loss, and Hope (Holt, $18.99, 9781250134868).

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Gayle King, author of Note to Self: Inspiring Words from Inspiring People (Simon & Schuster, $20, 9781982102081).

The Opposition with Jordan Klepper: Nell Scovell, author of Just the Funny Parts:... And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking into the Hollywood Boys' Club (Dey Street, $27.99, 9780062473486).

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Fresh Air: Mark and Jay Duplass, authors of Like Brothers (Ballantine, $28, 9781101967713).

Morning Edition: Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen, author and illustrator, respectively, of Square (Candlewick, $15.99, 9780763696078).

Daily Show: Jon Meacham, author of The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels (Random House, $30, 9780399589812).

Monday, May 7, 2018

Fresh Air: Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, author of My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family, and Food (Knopf, $28.95, 9781524731618).

NPR's the Takeaway: Jimmy Carter, author of Faith: A Journey for All (Simon & Schuster, $25.99, 9781501184413).

Daily Show: Ronan Farrow, author of War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence (Norton, $27.95, 9780393652109).
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