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Devotion

by Madeline Stevens

Something went deeply wrong while Ella was working as a nanny for Lonnie and James. Debut novelist Madeline Stevens opens Devotion six months after Ella's employment ends, when James drunkenly appears at the small apartment she shares with a roommate. She wonders if he realizes how many of the books on the shelves were taken from his house. Starting from that prologue, a sense of menace grabs the reader. When the first chapter jumps back to Ella's hiring and how working for the wealthy couple will change her

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Savage Appetites: Four True Stories of Women, Crime, and Obsession

by Rachel Monroe

Rachel Monroe has been "murder minded" since childhood, part of an overwhelmingly female demographic that consumes true-crime books, podcasts and television shows. It's an obsession that makes her a little uncomfortable. Monroe's first book, Savage Appetites: Four True Stories of Women, Crime, and Obsession, explores these interests through four case studies: detective, victim, defender and killer.

Frances Glessner Lee became an expert on early forensic studies and built the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained

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My Grandma and Me

by Mina Javaherbin, illus. by Lindsey Yankey

For a little girl growing up in Iran, her grandmother is her beloved conduit to the rest of the world. "I followed her everywhere," she explains. "When she swept, I swept. When she cooked, I cooked. When she prayed, I prayed like her, too." Without overt announcement, the family's Muslim practices are revealed through namaz (prayers) at dawn, iftar (post-sunset meal) during Ramadan and a lively gathering at the mosque. Girl and Grandma also share best friends who live down the hall. Their differences might

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Poop

by Poppy Champignon, illus. by Mark Hoffmann

This irresistible animal-centric picture book makes a rhyming game out of young kids' favorite word.

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Carnegie Hill

by Jonathan Vatner

This marvelous debut novel follows four couples who live or work in an Upper East Side co-op in a Manhattan that's changing too quickly for some, not quickly enough for others.

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Grove Press: Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

Media Heat

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Fresh Air: Hannah Shaw, author of Tiny But Mighty: Kitten Lady's Guide to Saving the Most Vulnerable Felines (Plume, $25, 9781524744069).
 
Tonight Show: Mary Beth Keane, author of Ask Again, Yes: A Novel (Scribner, $27, 9781982106980).

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Good Morning America: Sarah M. Broom, author of The Yellow House (Grove Press, $26, 9780802125088).

Monday, August 12, 2019

CBS This Morning: Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to Be an Antiracist (One World, $27, 9780525509288).
 
Fresh Air: Helen Prejean, author of River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey (Random House, $27, 9781400067305).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: George Takei, co-author of They Called Us Enemy (Top Shelf Productions, $19.99, 9781603094504).

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Good Morning America: Marty Smith, author of Never Settle: Sports, Family, and the American Soul (Twelve, $28, 9781538732991).
 
Daily Show: Senator Michael Bennet, author of The Land of Flickering Lights: Restoring America in an Age of Broken Politics (Atlantic Monthly Press, $27, 9780802147813).

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Fresh Air: Jia Tolentino, author of Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion (Random House, $27, 9780525510543).
 
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Tommy Orange, author of There There (Vintage, $16, 9780525436140).
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