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Blue Ticket

by Sophie Mackintosh

In a toxic society that dictates which women are allowed to raise children, one woman defiantly risks everything to become a mother in Sophie Mackintosh's brilliant and heartbreaking sophomore novel Blue Ticket.

There are two types of women: those with white tickets raise families, and those with blue tickets do not. Deemed unsuitable for motherhood, Calla, with a blue ticket, is encouraged to indulge in sexual promiscuity. But after a lifetime of being told she is flawed--"there was lack in my brain, my body,

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A History of My Brief Body: Essays

by Billy-Ray Belcourt

In A History of My Brief Body, Billy-Ray Belcourt, a member of the Driftpile Cree Nation, combines autobiographical vignettes with incisive analysis and decolonial theory, creating poetic meditations on how NDNs (Native Indians) can wield joy as a means of escaping a colonial world.

Belcourt (This Wound Is a World) begins by explaining how the "trauma of colonialism" is known to produce men who "self-destruct." Identifying as queer added another worrisome barrier to his future. Yet he didn't feel shame being

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Catch That Chicken!

by Atinuke, illus. by Angela Brooksbank

In Catch That Chicken!, Atinuke (Anna Hibiscus series) combines irresistible characters with an engaging narrative and sets her age-appropriate tale of self-empowerment in a cozy compound in West Africa.

Lami's compound is busy, with Sister Sadia, who is "speedy at spelling"; friend Fatima, who is "fast at braiding hair"; and big brother Bilal, who is "brave with bulls." But when it comes to catching chickens, Lami is speedier, faster and braver than anyone. In fact, Lami is "the best chicken catcher in the

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Death in Her Hands

by Ottessa Moshfegh

Ottessa Moshfegh takes on overtones of a deranged Agatha Christie, as aging anti-hero Vesta Gul tries to solve a murder mystery using her limited faculties.

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The Color of Air

by Gail Tsukiyama

In this sumptuous novel, a Depression-era sugar plantation community faces a threatening volcano in the lush seaside town of Hilo, Hawai'i.

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Soaked!

by Abi Cushman

In this hilarious debut picture book, a bear just wants to sulk about the rain, but a hula-hooping moose keeps interfering.

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Dark August

by Katie Tallo

The young woman in this haunting thriller must solve the mysterious case that got her police officer mother killed.

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Graydon House: A Good Family by A.H. Kim

Media Heat

Thursday, July 9, 2020

KCRW's Bookworm: Alex Halberstadt, author of Young Heroes of the Soviet Union: A Memoir and a Reckoning (Random House, $28, 9781400067060).

Fresh Air: Michele Harper, author of The Beauty in Breaking: A Memoir (Riverhead Books, $27, 9780525537380).

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Fresh Air: Sarah Posner, author of Unholy: Why White Evangelicals Worship at the Altar of Donald Trump (Random House, $28, 9781984820426).

Good Morning America: Hank Green, author of A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor: A Novel (Dutton, $27, 9781524743475).

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Fresh Air: Larry Tye, author of Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator McCarthy (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $36, 9781328959720).

Thursday, July 2, 2020

KCRW's Bookworm: Scott Spencer, author of An Ocean Without a Shore: A Novel (Ecco, $27.99, 9780062851628).

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Fresh Air: Dr. Danielle Ofri, author of When We Do Harm: A Doctor Confronts Medical Error (Beacon Press, $26.95, 9780807037881).

Good Morning America: Dr. Jill Biden, author of Joey: The Story of Joe Biden (Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman, $19.99, 9781534480537).
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