Starred Review

Little Eyes

by Samanta Schweblin, trans. by Megan McDowell

Technology twists human relationships to the breaking point in Samanta Schweblin's thrilling dystopian novel, Little Eyes.

Expertly translated from Spanish by Megan McDowell, the novel is a deft and heartrending exploration of technology's capacity for both good and evil. Schweblin (Fever Dream) creates a present day in which new devices called "kentukis" explode in popularity until people are connected to them all over the world. The small devices come in many shapes, resembling bunnies, dragons, even crows.

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Braver than You Think: Around the World on the Trip of My (Mother's) Lifetime

by Maggie Downs

As a child, journalist Maggie Downs spent hours poring over National Geographic with her mother, hatching plans for the adventures they would have together. But when her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, Downs had to accept that many of their plans would never happen. As her mother's condition worsened, Downs--determined to travel for both their sakes--headed off on a trip around the world. Her first memoir, Braver than You Think, chronicles Downs's inner and outer journey to follow her curiosity

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The Henna Wars

by Adiba Jaigirdar

This debut YA novel about self-acceptance in the face of intolerance and ignorance is tactful, sincere and culturally immersive.

When 16-year-old Nishat decides to come out to her Bengali Muslim parents, she hopes that because they have a "love marriage" they'll be able to accept her for who she is. Instead, they think she's "confused" and needs time to "work it out." Shattered, Nishat distracts herself with a student-run business competition at her secondary school in Ireland. Encouraged by her younger sister,

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We Had No Rules

by Corinne Manning

Nuanced and interconnected short stories explore queerness through the lens of rules, and rules through the lens of queerness.

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Felix Ever After

by Kacen Callender

In a remarkable exploration of self-discovery, a Black, transgender, queer art student embarks on a quest to find true love while simultaneously tracking down an anonymous transphobic bully.

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Summer of Reckoning

by Marion Brunet, trans. by Katherine Gregor

In a thriller set in a claustrophobic town in the south of France, an unexplained pregnancy sparks a tragic chain of events fueled by racism and poverty.

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by Amy Jo Burns

Toxic faith, long-kept secrets and survival through sisterhood create a coming-of-age story that asks, if the story is different depending on the narrator, what is truth?

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Old Lovegood Girls

by Gail Godwin

This engaging novel explores the power of a brief friendship to resonate through decades, between two women who meet as roommates at a Southern college in 1958.

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Dear Beast

by Dori Hillestad Butler, illus. by Kevan Atteberry

This inaugural title in a series about a mismatched pair of pets is a terrific introduction to early chapter books, packed with funny correspondence and enormously appealing illustrations.

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Media Heat

Thursday, May 21, 2020

KCRW's Bookworm: Victoria Chang, author of Love, Love (Sterling Children's Books, $16.95, 9781454938323).

Fresh Air: Brigid Schulte, author of Overwhelmed: How to Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time (Picador, $18, 9781250062383).

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Fresh Air: Barton Gellman, author of Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State (Penguin Press, $30, 9781594206016).

Good Morning America: Anna Solomon, author of The Book of V. (Holt, $27.99, 9781250257017).

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Fresh Air: Dan Harris, author of 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story (Dey Street Books, $16.99, 9780062917607).

Thursday, May 14, 2020

KCRW's Bookworm: Victoria Chang, author of Obit (Copper Canyon Press, $17, 9781556595745).

Fresh Air: John M. Barry, author of The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History (Penguin Books, $19, 9780143036494).

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Fresh Air: Dr. David Fajgenbaum, author of Chasing My Cure: A Doctor's Race to Turn Hope into Action: A Memoir (Ballantine Books, $27, 9781524799618).
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