Starred Review

Watch the Girls

by Jennifer Wolfe

One can't help but become ensnared by Watch the Girls even before the first chapter opens. Starting with Jennifer Wolfe's dedication to her agent, "for liking it weird," followed by a John Updike quote, "Celebrity is a mask that eats into the face," Wolfe's nods to the odd are spot on, and the creepiness of the thriller is utterly engrossing.
 
Fifteen years after her youngest sister's disappearance, former teen star Olivia Hill (now Liv Hendricks) has distanced herself from her family, been fired from

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Give Me Your Hand

by Megan Abbott

Two ambitious post-doc scientists share a deadly secret in Edgar Award-winning crime writer Megan Abbott's Give Me Your Hand. That secret breeds more secrets while Kit Owens and Diane Fleming vie for professional kudos as investigators under the renowned Dr. Lena Severin. During high school, Kit and Diane shared difficult family home lives but were fierce academic and athletic competitors. Although they followed divergent paths to undergraduate scholarships, Ph.D.s and prestigious lab assignments, they get

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Finding Langston

by Lesa Cline-Ransome

After 11-year-old Langston's mother died, he and his father packed up their few belongings and headed north, hoping, as his daddy said, for a "chance for something better." Langston's new home in post-World War II Chicago's "Black Belt" is nothing like his old home in rural Alabama, and Langston's junior high is filled with kids who call him "country boy" and laugh at the overalls and "run-over" shoes he wears. But, like it or not, Chicago is home now. Langston aches for his mama and feels that he barely even

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Kismet

by Luke Tredget

A matchmaking app lies at the center of this fast-moving and witty love story for the digital age.

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So Done

by Paula Chase

So Done is a well-rounded narrative that emphasizes how complicated the layers of community and loyalty can be when you grow up in and belong to a hood.

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Media Heat

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

NPR's Here and Now: Allie Rowbottom, author of Jell-O Girls: A Family History (Little, Brown, $28, 9780316510615).
 
Daily Show: Jimmy O. Yang, author of How to American: An Immigrant's Guide to Disappointing Your Parents (Da Capo, $27, 9780306903496).

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Fresh Air: Karen Piper, author of A Girl's Guide to Missiles: Growing Up in America's Secret Desert (Viking, $27, 9780399564543).

Daily Show: Omarosa Manigault Newman, author of Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House (Gallery, $28, 9781982109707).

Monday, August 13, 2018

NPR's 1A: Arne Duncan, author of How Schools Work: An Inside Account of Failure and Success from One of the Nation's Longest-Serving Secretaries of Education (Simon & Schuster, $26.99, 9781501173059).

Also on 1A: Julie Schumacher, author of The Shakespeare Requirement: A Novel (Doubleday, $25.95, 9780385542340).

Thursday, August 9, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: Christian Kracht, author of The Dead: A Novel (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $25, 9780374139674).

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Fresh Air: David Kirkpatrick, author of Into the Hands of the Soldiers: Freedom and Chaos in Egypt and the Middle East (Viking, $28, 9780735220621).

On Point: Joan Morgan, author of She Begat This: 20 Years of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (Atria/37 INK, $24, 9781501195259).
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