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Gun Island

by Amitav Ghosh

Amitav Ghosh's Gun Island captures the reader's imagination with a bold rendering of accelerated climate change and migration. It follows on the heels of the author's nonfiction work, The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable, in which he challenged fiction writers to confront the greatest existential threat to mankind. Ghosh rises to the summons himself by crafting a surreal, fantastical story of displacement caused by extreme weather.

Deen is an Indian American rare books dealer dividing

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For the Love of Music: A Conductor's Guide to the Art of Listening

by John Mauceri

Classical music can be a divisive genre--some people love it, others dislike it, still more are intimidated by it. But no matter what one's relationship to classical might be, this meditation on the genre by esteemed conductor John Mauceri (Maestros and Their Music) is sure to give all readers a new, or deeper, insight into what they are listening to when they listen to a piece of music.

Despite the title, For the Love of Music isn't really a how-to, and instead peels back the decades and the histories and

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Our Favorite Day

by Joowon Oh

Papa is an elderly creature of habit: every day begins with a cup of tea, tending to his plants, tidying up and getting dressed to ride the bus into town. His regular walk takes him by familiar stores and lands him at the same restaurant for his "usual" lunch of dumplings before he makes his return homeward. Thursdays, however--although they start the same, with tea, plants, town--are different: he shops at the craft store and takes his double order of dumplings to go. Back at home, the ecstatic cry of "Papa!"

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The Starlet and the Spy

by Ji-Min Lee, trans. by Chi-Young Kim

In 1954 Seoul, a war-weary young Korean woman and Marilyn Monroe share a brief but crucial sojourn, and learn they have more in common than they thought.

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Father's Day

by Matthew Zapruder

A tender, wise collection of poetry touching on subjects like fatherhood, political anxiety and the beauty found in tiny moments.

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Cold Storage

by David Koepp

A deadly fungus threatens total annihilation to life on Earth, and it's up to two security guards and a retired military man to destroy it before it's too late.

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A Song for a New Day

by Sarah Pinsker

In this speculative novel, public gatherings are outlawed after massive, lethal terrorist attacks, but an underground musician helps keep hope alive for a resurgence of human connections.

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Grove Press: Elements of Fiction by Walter Mosley

Media Heat

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Fresh Air: Edward Snowden, author of Permanent Record (Metropolitan Books, $30, 9781250237231).

KCRW Bookworm: Cathleen Schine, author of The Grammarians: A Novel (Sarah Crichton, $27, 9780374280116).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Margaret Atwood, author of The Testaments (Nan A. Talese, $28.95, 9780385543781).

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Good Morning America: Catherine Oxenberg, author of Captive: A Mother's Crusade to Save Her Daughter from the Terrifying Cult NXIVM (Gallery, $16.99, 9781982100667).

CBS This Morning: Josh Campbell, author of Crossfire Hurricane: Inside Donald Trump's War on the FBI (Algonquin Books, $28.95, 9781616209506).

Daily Show: Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, authors of She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement (Penguin Press, $28, 9780525560340).

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Morning Edition: Attica Locke, author of Heaven, My Home (Mulholland Books, $27, 9780316363402).

Fresh Air: Eric Foner, author of The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution (Norton, $26.95, 9780393652574).
CBS This Morning: Jacqueline Woodson, author of Red at the Bone: A Novel (Riverhead, $26, 9780525535270).

Monday, September 16, 2019

Fresh Air: Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, authors of The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation (Portfolio, $29, 9780593084397).
CBS This Morning: Brian Grazer, author of Face to Face: The Art of Human Connection (Simon & Schuster, $25, 9781501147722).

Daily Show: Sonia Sotomayor, author of Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You (Philomel, $17.99, 9780525514121).

Thursday, September 12, 2019

KCRW's Bookworm: Mary Ruefle, author of Dunce (Wave Books, $25, 9781940696850).
Fresh Air: Kate O'Neill, author of Waste (Polity, $22.95, 9780745687407).
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