Starred Review

Ninth House

by Leigh Bardugo

YA author Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crows; Shadow and Bone) makes her adult debut in an atmospheric novel that blends horror and mystery in a storied Ivy League setting.

A drop-out, former drug user and the lone survivor of a brutal multiple murder, 20-year-old Galaxy "Alex" Stern may look like a typical freshman, but she's nothing like her sheltered, carefully cultivated classmates. Recruited for her ability to see ghosts, Alex works for Lethe, the organization that oversees Yale's Ancient Eight secret societies

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The Collector of Leftover Souls: Field Notes on Brazil's Everyday Insurrections

by Eliane Brum, trans. by Diane Grosklaus Whitty

Eliane Brum's The Collector of Leftover Souls collects profiles and reported pieces that pay close attention to the thoughts, feelings and voices of ordinary Brazilians--and bring to mind Nobel-winner Svetlana Alexievich's work. Despite the country's size and large population, Brum notes in the introduction that "whenever I visit an English-speaking country, I notice Brazil doesn't exist for most of you. Or exists only in the stereotype of Carnival and soccer. Favelas, butts, and violence." Readers will

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Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All

by Laura Ruby

"Half-orphans" placed in the care of nuns after their mother's death, 14-year-old Frankie and her siblings eagerly await their father's biweekly visits. But when her father leaves Chicago with his new wife and takes only her brother along, Frankie "want[s] to be a boy. She want[s] to be someone somebody want[s]."

This "resigned sort of wisdom" troubles Pearl, the ghost narrating Frankie's story. Pearl watches Frankie become "both more careful and more reckless," which reminds her of her own wildness before

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The Good Luck Girls

by Charlotte Nicole Davis

In the world of The Good Luck Girls, where young, underprivileged girls are marked with a curse and sold to "welcome houses," five young women fight for freedom.

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by Jon Clinch

Marley offers a clever and atmospheric imagining of the events that might have brought Scrooge to A Christmas Carol.

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by Brittany Luby, illus. by Michaela Goade

When cultures collide in 16th-century North America, nature's inhabitants observe as a sailor and a fisherman bond despite their differences.

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Media Heat

Thursday, October 17, 2019

KCRW's Bookworm: Benjamin Moser, author of Sontag: Her Life and Work (Ecco, $39.99, 9780062896391).
Fresh Air: Gilbert Gaul, author of The Geography of Risk: Epic Storms, Rising Seas, and the Cost of America's Coasts (Sarah Crichton Books, $28, 9780374160807).

CBS This Morning: Ben Crump, author of Open Season: Legalized Genocide of Colored People (Amistad, $26.99, 9780062375094).

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

CBS This Morning: Marc Benioff, author of Trailblazer: The Power of Business as the Greatest Platform for Change (Currency, $28, 9781984825193).

Daily Show: Cyntoia Brown-Long, author of Free Cyntoia: My Search for Redemption in the American Prison System (Atria, $26, 9781982141103).

Also on the Daily Show: Ali Wong, author of Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life (Random House, $27, 9780525508830).

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Good Morning America: Mike Rowe, author of The Way I Heard It (Gallery, $28, 9781982130855).
Also on GMA: Adam Rippon, author of Beautiful on the Outside: A Memoir (Grand Central, $28, 9781538732403).

Also on GMA: Lupita Nyong'o, author of Sulwe (Simon & Schuster, $17.99, 9781534425361).

Jimmy Kimmel Live: Elton John, author of Me: Elton John Official Autobiography (Holt, $30, 9781250147608).

Thursday, October 10, 2019

KCRW's Bookworm: Salman Rushdie, author of Quichotte: A Novel (Random House, $28, 9780593132982) part two.

Fresh Air: Megan Phelps-Roper, author of Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $27, 9780374275839).

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Here & Now: William Richards, editor and contributor to Fantastic Fungi: How Mushrooms Can Heal, Shift Consciousness, and Save the Planet (Earth Aware Editions, $35, 9781683837046).

The View: Susan Rice, author of Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For (Simon & Schuster, $30, 9781501189975).
Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Jonathan Van Ness, author of Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love (HarperOne, $27.99, 9780062906373).
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