Starred Review

That Was Now, This Is Then

by Vijay Seshadri

Delving deep into the American psyche, That Was Now, This Is Then by Vijay Seshadri explores the collapse of time and boundaries that accompany aging, the merging of roles of parent and child, poet and reader. The narrator is nostalgic for days gone by, relationships extinguished and shifting memories that are alternately comforting and unsettling.

India-born Seshadri is the poetry editor at the Paris Review and won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for 3 Sections. His Midwestern upbringing features more

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African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song

by Kevin Young, editor

With 670 poems arranged into eight sections and a scholarly yet accessible introduction by editor Kevin Young (Brown: Poems; Book of Hours)--a National Book Award finalist (Blue Laws), the poetry editor of the New Yorker and newly named director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture--African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song is one impressive collection.

The "successive eras can give a sense of the steady march and percussive drum circle of poetry," Young

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All Thirteen: The Incredible Rescue of the Thai Boys' Soccer Team

by Christina Soontornvat

In 2018, the world held its breath while a large international team gathered in Thailand to save a boys' soccer team trapped in a cave that was filling with water. Christina Soontornvat (A Wish in the Dark) thrillingly recounts this harrowing tale in All Thirteen.

One June afternoon, after the Wild Boars soccer team finished practice, some of the boys asked Coach Ek to accompany them on a hike to Tham Luang Nang Non, a local cave. Coach Ek agreed and the spirited young athletes wandered deep into the cave.

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Invisible Girl

by Lisa Jewell

In this absorbing psychological study, neighbors suspect one another when a string of sexual assaults occurs and a teenage girl disappears.

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To Hold Up the Sky

by Cixin Liu

These stories are emotionally insightful thought experiments that will appeal to readers of literary fiction and classic science fiction alike.

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In a Holidaze

by Christina Lauren

This funny Groundhog Day-esque romance gives a woman a chance to live the Christmas holiday over and over again as she tries to show her crush how much he means to her.

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Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster: Group: How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life by Christie Tate

Media Heat

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Bryan Washington, author of Memorial: A Novel (Riverhead, $27, 9780593087275).

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Fresh Air: Evan Osnos, author of Joe Biden: The Life, the Run, and What Matters Now (Scribner, $23, 9781982174026).

Monday, October 26, 2020

Fresh Air: Marcus Samuelsson, author of The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food: A Cookbook (Voracious, $38, 9780316480680).

Here & Now: Matthew McConaughey, author of Greenlights (Crown, $30, 9780593139134).

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Jeff Tweedy, author of How to Write One Song: Loving the Things We Create and How They Love Us Back (Dutton, $23, 9780593183526).

Thursday, October 22, 2020

KCRW's Bookworm: Charles Yu, author of Interior Chinatown: A Novel (Pantheon, $25.95, 9780307907196).

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Andrew Cuomo, author of American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic (Crown, $30, 9780593239261).

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Fresh Air: Sigrid Nunez, author of What Are You Going Through: A Novel (Riverhead, $26, 9780593191415).

Today Show: Steve Madden, author of The Cobbler (Radius Book Group $26.99, 9781636766950).
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