Starred Review

Fire Sermon

by Jamie Quatro

A lean first novel steeped in theology, suburban domesticity, literary criticism, child-rearing and, most dramatically, infidelity, Fire Sermon sizzles and cools to the rhythm of its narrator Maggie's moods and meanderings. Maggie and Thomas married in 1993 in a tony Malibu wedding, but she is a bit of a loose cannon. After stints in graduate school at Princeton and Vanderbilt, they have two children and settle down near Nashville.

In 2013, Maggie begins to correspond with James, a married theology-centric

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The Woman in the Window

by A.J. Finn

A.J. Finn's debut, The Woman in the Window, is a remarkably assured, compelling white-knuckle, cat-and-mouse psychological thriller. Fans of Shirley Jackson's neurotic heroines and Margaret Millar's explorations of loneliness, isolation and paranoia will rejoice in discovering Dr. Anna Fox, an agoraphobic alcoholic and former child physiatrist. She has not left her four-level Harlem townhouse in nearly a year. She is also the definition of an unreliable narrator as she self-medicates with copious amounts of

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Love

by Matt de la Peña, illus. by Loren Long

Matt de la Peña started writing Love as an uplifting poem for children, but he soon felt that something was missing. He had, in his words, failed to "acknowledge the other side." He decided he wanted to share with children an honest picture of love: the world holds sadness and loss in addition to comfort and sweetness. So Love became the moving book that it is today, in which a different child on each spread, in all colors of the human rainbow, learns about love in its multifarious forms.

After the tender,

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Late Essays

by J.M. Coetzee

South African Nobel Laureate J.M. Coetzee acts as book critic in this engaging collection of essays that focuses on literary classics.

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The Wanted

by Robert Crais

Elvis Cole and Joe Pike track down a missing teenager who has been robbing wealthy people and might have crossed the wrong person.

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Harper: The Wife by Alafair Burke

Media Heat

Monday, January 22, 2018

Fresh Air: Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, authors of How Democracies Die (Crown, $26, 9781524762933).

Daily Show: Michael Wolff, author of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House (Holt, $30, 9781250158062).

Thursday, January 18, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: Isabel Allende, author of In the Midst of Winter: A Novel (Atria, $28, 9781501178139).

Fresh Air: Christian Picciolini, author of White American Youth: My Descent into America's Most Violent Hate Movement--and How I Got Out (Hachette Books, $15.99, 9780316522908).

The Opposition with Jordan Klepper: David Cay Johnston, author of It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America (Simon & Schuster, $28, 9781501174162).

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Fresh Air: Jeanne Lenzer, author of The Danger Within Us: America's Untested, Unregulated Medical Device Industry and One Man's Battle to Survive It (Little, Brown, $28, 9780316343763).

Thursday, January 11, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: Chris Kraus, author of After Kathy Acker: A Literary Biography (Semiotext(e), $24.95, 9781635900064).

Daily Show: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, co-author of Becoming Kareem: Growing Up on and off the Court (Little, Brown, $17.99, 9780316555388).

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Opposition with Jordan Klepper: Brian Klaas, co-author of The Despot's Apprentice: Donald Trump's Attack on Democracy (Hot Books, $18.99, 9781510735859).
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