Starred Review

Paris by the Book

by Liam Callanan

In Paris by the Book, Liam Callanan (All Saints, The Cloud Atlas) offers an enchanting survey of Paris and a nuanced portrait of a family struggling to understand one another. After her author husband, Robert, disappears--leaving the words I'm sorry scrawled in an old book--Leah moves from Wisconsin to Paris with her two teenage daughters to live out the plot of Robert's latest work in progress. Together, she and her daughters buy a quaint bookstore and begin to settle down in their magical new city. Still,

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Darwin Comes to Town: How the Urban Jungle Drives Evolution

by Menno Schilthuizen

"Never before in the history of our planet," writes research scientist Menno Schilthuizen, "has a single life form been so dominant." Here he refers to humans, and throughout his beautifully researched and immensely engaging Darwin Comes to Town, he explores the surprising ways in which city development has shaped the natural world, right down to its DNA.

Among the highlights is the story of Manchester's peppered moth, which first emerged in nature as a pale, white-winged insect. By the middle of the Industrial

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by Jed Alexander

A little girl cloaked in red has every intention of bringing a picnic basket to her grandmother, who lives in a house in the woods. While she's out walking, she encounters a big--and, it must be said, bad-looking--wolf. You know where this is going... or do you?

Red's left-hand pages tell the same old story: the imposing wolf tries to intimidate the girl in red. But the right-hand pages tell the real story: various woodland animals clutching balloons, streamers and so forth sneak past the squaring-off girl

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Women in Sunlight 

by Frances Mayes

Four very different American women experience reinvention and self-discovery when they settle in Tuscany and explore all that Italy has to offer.

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by Rebecca Harrington

Writing listicles instead of real reporting, Elinor finds her life trending nowhere until she posts a personal essay from the heart that goes viral.

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The Overstory

by Richard Powers

In a novel about the fight to save ancient forests, Richard Powers ponders the limits of environmental activism.

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by Christine Mangan

Former college roommates reunite in Morocco, with enigmatic tensions and references to a troubled past.

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by Samantha Irby

This augmented reissue of blogger Samantha Irby's first essay collection is a foulmouthed delight.

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Vault Comics: Stalag-X by Kevin J. Anderson, Steven L. Sears, and Mike Ratera

Media Heat

Monday, April 23, 2018

Fresh Air: Gregory Pardlo, author of Air Traffic: A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America (Knopf, $26.95, 9781524731762).

CBS This Morning: Ian Bremmer, author of Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism (Portfolio, $27, 9780525533184).

The Opposition with Jordan Klepper: Ross Douthat, author of To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism (Simon & Schuster, $26, 9781501146923).

Thursday, April 19, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: Christine Schutt, author of Pure Hollywood: And Other Stories (Grove Press, $23, 9780802127617).

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The View: James Comey, author of A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership (Flatiron, $29.99, 9781250192455).

Daily Show: Chelsea Clinton, author of She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History (Philomel, $17.99, 9780525516996).

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Fresh Air: James Comey, author of A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership (Flatiron, $29.99, 9781250192455). He also appeared on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Morning Joe: Cecile Richards, author of Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead--My Life Story (Touchstone, $27, 9781501187599).

Monday, April 16, 2018

Fresh Air: Lawrence Wright, author of God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State (Knopf, $27.95, 9780525520108).

Daily Show: Alex Wagner, author of Futureface: A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging (One World, $28, 9780812997941).

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Charlamagne Tha God, author of Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It (Touchstone, $16, 9781501145315).

Also on the Late Show: 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).
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