Starred Review

Klara and the Sun

by Kazuo Ishiguro

In his first novel since winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2017, Kazuo Ishiguro (The Buried Giant) steps into a possible near future in this heartwarming story of an AI learning about the curious and complicated heart of humanity.

As a B2 model Artificial Friend, Klara does not have the same acrobatic abilities as the new B3 series and, despite industry specifications, her series is known for having difficulties staying fully charged. Still, the manager of the shop where Klara and other AFs have their

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The Committed

by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Viet Thanh Nguyen's sequel to his 2016 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Sympathizer, is a dark and comic investigation of themes that include identity, morality and the clash of civilizations brought about by French and American colonialism. Above all, it is both a striking standalone novel and an impressive successor to Nguyen's earlier work.

Set in Paris in the early 1980s, the novel relies on the beguiling voice of the same unnamed narrator, now in his mid-30s, whose worldview has been shaped by the fact

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Hello Earth!: Poems to Our Planet

by Joyce Sidman, illus. by Miren Asiain Lora

Newbery Honoree Joyce Sidman (Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night; Round) teams up with Miren Asiain Lora (illustrator, The Mermaid Atlas) for this heartfelt poetry collection featuring the voices of Earth's children--"the human ones"--as they speak directly to the planet.

Melding scientific research with poetry, Sidman's words encourage readers to think philosophically. In "Floating," she questions how humans can be "climbing trees, walking paths,/ staring up at constellations" while also out "in deepest

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Science Fiction

by Sherryl Vint

An expert on science fiction offers an insightful primer on where this popular genre intersects with technology, modern-day anxieties and how people think about the world.

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Love at First

by Kate Clayborn

Kate Clayborn pairs neighbors with opposite approaches to attachment--and apartments--in a deeply emotional contemporary romance.

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The Postscript Murders

by Elly Griffiths

The top-flight second book in the Harbinder Kaur series finds the West Sussex detective joining a trio of amateur sleuths in investigating the death of a self-described murder consultant.

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Never Far Away

by Michael Koryta

A woman with a past braves the wilderness of northern Maine with her children to protect them from killers in this taut thriller.

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Harper: The Lowering Days by Gregory Brown

Media Heat

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Good Morning America: Hilary Duff, author of My Little Brave Girl (Random House Books for Young Readers, $18.98, 9780593300725).

Marketplace Morning Report: Karen Petrou, author of Engine of Inequality: The Fed and the Future of Wealth in America (Wiley, $29.95, 9781119726746).

Drew Barrymore Show: Stephen King, author of Later (Hard Case Crime, $14.95, 9781789096491).

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Good Morning America: Stephen King, author of Later (Hard Case Crime, $14.95, 9781789096491).

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Neil deGrasse Tyson, co-author of Cosmic Queries: StarTalk's Guide to Who We Are, How We Got Here, and Where We're Going (National Geographic, $30, 9781426221774).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Chang-rae Lee, author of My Year Abroad: A Novel (Riverhead, $28, 9781594634574).

Monday, March 1, 2021

Good Morning America: Danielle Steel, author of The Affair (Delacorte, $28.99, 9781984821409).

Fresh Air: Derek DelGaudio, author of Amoralman: A True Story and Other Lies (Knopf, $27, 9780525658559).

Thursday, February 25, 2021

KCRW's Bookworm: Ann Beattie, author of A Wonderful Stroke of Luck: A Novel (Penguin Books, $17, 9780525557364).

NPR's Morning Edition: Michaeleen Doucleff, author of Hunt, Gather, Parent: What Ancient Cultures Can Teach Us About the Lost Art of Raising Happy, Helpful Little Humans (Avid Reader Press/Simon & Schuster, $27, 9781982149673).

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Fresh Air: Tim O'Brien, author of Dad's Maybe Books (Mariner Books, $16.99, 9780358362784).
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