Starred Review

Monkey Boy

by Francisco Goldman

That the protagonist's name is Francisco Goldberg--an amalgam of maternal Guatemalan immigrant and paternal Jewish parentage--presents an irresistible invitation to explore autobiographical overlaps with award-winning creator Francisco Goldman. The parallels are immediate: both are peripatetic journalist/writers with connections to Boston, New York, Mexico City, Latin America. Beware of quick assumptions, however, because Monkey Boy's subtitle could easily be "I didn't know," a phrase repeated throughout,

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Films of Endearment: A Mother, a Son and the '80s Films that Defined Us

by Michael Koresky

In this charming and moving mix of memoir and movie appreciation, film critic Michael Koresky (Terence Davies) and his mother, Leslie, decide to meet monthly to rewatch and discuss films from the 1980s with strong women in leading roles. Ten films: one for each year of the decade. Each film brings up memories from their lives.

Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean reminds Koresky of coming out and how the lack of gay characters in films from his youth made him feel invisible. "For me, movies

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Too Bright to See

by Kyle Lukoff

Kyle Lukoff has already received acclaim for his picture books, including his #OwnVoices 2020 Stonewall Award-winning When Aidan Became a Brother. Lukoff's middle-grade debut, Too Bright to See, is another illuminating story that explores gender identity, featuring a trans tween who's finally ready to "see myself in the mirror," and declare, "It's me. Just me."

Infant Bug, Bug's Mom and Mom's brother Roderick left New York City and moved to the family's rural vacation home after an accident killed Bug's father

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Second Place

by Rachel Cusk

In this meticulous and provocative psychological novel, a troubled woman's encounter with a powerful artist sparks a profound crisis.

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A Lonely Man

by Chris Power

In this deftly layered literary thriller, an author follows his friend into the perilous space between life and fiction.

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The Night Walk

by Marie Dorleans

In this intriguing and mysterious picture book, a family goes on a nighttime adventure, experiencing the marvels of nature all along the way.

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by Jennifer Saint

Jennifer Saint's debut is a deeply felt, well-executed feminist take on Greek mythology.

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Poisoned Pen Press: The Whispering Dead (Gravekeeper #1) by Darcy Coates

Media Heat

Thursday, May 6, 2021

KCRW's Bookworm: Rachel Cusk, author of Second Place: A Novel (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $25, 9780374279226).

Drew Barrymore Show: Patricia Heaton, author of Your Second Act: Inspiring Stories of Reinvention (Simon & Schuster, $17, 9781982141615).

Wendy Williams: Norma Kamali, author of Norma Kamali: I Am Invincible (Abrams, $35, 9781419747403).

The View: Emmanuel Acho, author of Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy (Roaring Brook Press, $17.99, 9781250801067).

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Good Morning America: Jason Goldstein, author of The Unhappy Sandwich: Scrumptious Sandwiches to Make You Smile (Familius, $19.99, 9781641704601).

Fresh Air: Alison Bechdel, author of The Secret to Superhuman Strength (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $24, 9780544387652).

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

CBS This Morning: Michael Lewis, author of The Premonition: A Pandemic Story (Norton, $30, 9780393881554).

Good Morning America: Emmanuel Acho, author of Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy (Roaring Brook Press, $17.99, 9781250801067).

The View: Senator Elizabeth Warren, author of Persist (Metropolitan Books, $27.99, 9781250799241).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: George Saunders, author of A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life (Random House, $28, 9781984856029).

Monday, May 3, 2021

Fresh Air: Nicole Lynn, author of Pregnant Girl: A Story of Teen Motherhood, College, and Creating a Better Future for Young Families (Beacon Press, $22.95, 9780807056035).

Good Morning America: Sunny Hostin, author of Summer on the Bluffs: A Novel (Morrow, $27.99, 9780062994172).

Tamron Hall: André Leon Talley, author of The Chiffon Trenches: A Memoir (Ballantine, $18, 9780593129272).

Thursday, April 29, 2021

KCRW's Bookworm: George Toles, author of Status Update (At Bay Press, $28.95, 9781988168371).

Fresh Air: Imbolo Mbue, author of How Beautiful We Were (Random House, $28, 9780593132425).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Leslie Jordan, author of How Y'all Doing?: Misadventures and Mischief from a Life Well Lived (Morrow, $26.99, 9780063076198).
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