Starred Review

The Mutual UFO Network

by Lee Martin

The title of Lee Martin's (Pulitzer finalist for The Bright Forever) masterful short story collection, The Mutual UFO Network, suggests a dive into the supernatural. But the stories are actually deeply rooted in reality, each an illuminating examination of personal failure and redemption.
The titular opening story gives us a father who's driven away his wife by selling fake footage of UFOs. She's left him not because he's a con man, but because she's convinced that the real thing is out there--she just

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White Hot Grief Parade

by Alexandra Silber

If successful marks of a fond familial memoir include admiration and an intense sentiment of communal loss, Alexandra "Al" Silber's White Hot Grief Parade knocks it out of the park. At its core is Silber's father, who passed away when she was just 18 and "not done being raised." Michael was not just the gooey, magical center of the family, but a man who drew others to him, even the neighborhood "cool kids."
When Al and her mother, Catherine, are "cut off at the knees" by Mike's death following 10 years

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Salt Lane

by William Shaw

In this fast-paced thriller, a former London detective must solve two strange cases in the Kentish countryside.

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Hullmetal Girls

by Emily Skrutskie

On a starship that is humanity's last hope, four teens become government-controlled, machinery-enhanced warriors, only to discover that the governing body has been lying to citizens for generations.

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The Rhino in Right Field

by Stacy DeKeyser

Twelve-year-old Nick takes on zoo animals, girl ballplayers and his strict Greek immigrant dad to compete in a "batboy for a day" contest in this warm, wonderful novel set in 1948.

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by Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay writes about Haitians and the Haitian diaspora in stories imbued with tenderness, humor, passion, violence and resilience.

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Houghton Mifflin: Grave Mercy (#1), Dark Triumph (#2), and Mortal Heart (#3) (His Fair Assassin Trilogy) by Robin Lafevers

Media Heat

Monday, July 16, 2018

Fresh Air: Viv Albertine, author of To Throw Away Unopened: A Memoir (Faber & Faber, $24.95, 9780571326211).

Today Show: Daniel Silva, author of The Other Woman: A Novel (Harper, $28.99, 9780062834829).

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Fresh Air: Gabriel Sherman, author of The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News--and Divided a Country (Random House Trade Paperbacks, $18, 9780812982732).

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Fresh Air: Rob Schenk, author of Costly Grace: An Evangelical Minister's Rediscovery of Faith, Hope, and Love (Harper, $26.99, 9780062687937).

The View: D.L. Hughley, co-author of How Not to Get Shot: And Other Advice From White People (Morrow, $25.99, 9780062698544).

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Fresh Air: Alisa Roth, author of Insane: America's Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness (Basic Books, $28, 9780465094196).
CBS This Morning: Michael Chertoff, author of Exploding Data: Reclaiming Our Cyber Security in the Digital Age (Atlantic Monthly Press, $26, 9780802127938).

Monday, July 9, 2018

NPR's On Point: Richard Ratay, author of Don't Make Me Pull Over!: An Informal History of the Family Road Trip (Scribner, $27, 9781501188749).
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