Starred Review

Let Me Be Like Water

by S.K. Perry

Let Me Be Like Water is a beautiful and heartbreaking story of young love and young loss. A meditation on grief and what could have been, S.K. Perry's debut offers glimpses of the sometimes magical ways the world works when life is shattered and we're left with nothing but the pieces.
 
Months after the sudden and unexpected death of her boyfriend, Holly leaves London, a city filled with memories of her lover, Sam, "our residue on pavements and seats of buses," for the seaside town of Brighton. The move

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Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women's Anger

by Soraya Chemaly

Most people are rightfully peeved when a scowling woman is prodded to smile; looking constantly pretty isn't expected of men, so they aren't routinely asked to turn that frown upside down. In Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women's Anger, media critic Soraya Chemaly champions a second reason to resent this double standard: a woman encouraged to smile is implicitly discouraged from showing anger. And anger, Chemaly argues, is a positive force for change.
 
"Anger remains the emotion that is least acceptable

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And the Ocean Was Our Sky

by Patrick Ness, illus. by Rovina Cai

Patrick Ness follows up his conceptual 2017 young adult novel, Release, with the esoteric, artful And the Ocean Was Our Sky, a (literal) upside-down retelling of Moby Dick. "Call me Bathsheba," Ness's narrator begins, here to tell her tale of "the final hunt that ever was. The hunt for a legend, a myth, a devil."
 
When she was 16, Bathsheba was a hunter, a "lowly but eager Third Apprentice" to Captain Alexandra, "the best hunter in the sea." The Captain had a "short, rusted end of a man's harpoon...

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The Story of H

by Marina Perezagua, trans. by Valerie Miles

A Japanese woman and an American soldier search for a girl who went missing in the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

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Evolution

by Eileen Myles

In a bold collection of poems, Eileen Myles reinforces their justifiable fame as the unabashed voice of what's left of New York's downtown edginess.

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Small Fry

by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

The daughter of Apple cofounder Steve Jobs writes an emotional, cathartic and haunting coming-of-age tale of family dysfunction.

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Dactyl Hill Squad

by Daniel José Older

Twelve-year-old Magdalys discovers she can talk to dinos in Daniel José Older's fantastical alternate history of New York during the Civil War.

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Lion Forge: Upgrade Soul by Ezra Claytan Daniels

Media Heat

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

CBS This Morning: Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice (Delacorte, $18.99, 9780525580034).

Daily Show: Eli Saslow, author of Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist (Doubleday, $26.95, 9780385542869).

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Fresh Air: Linda Kay Klein, author of Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free (Touchstone, $26, 9781501124815).

Monday, September 17, 2018

Fresh Air: Neil deGrasse Tyson, author of Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military (Norton, $30, 9780393064445).

Morning Edition: Reese Witherspoon, author of Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love, and Baking Biscuits (Touchstone, $35, 9781501166273).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Khaled Hosseini, author of Sea Prayer (Riverhead, $15, 9780525539094).

Thursday, September 13, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: Joshua Cohen, author of ATTENTION: Dispatches from a Land of Distraction (Random House, $28, 9780399590214).

Daily Show: José Andrés, author of We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time (Anthony Bourdain/Ecco, $27.99, 9780062864482).

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Fresh Air: Claire Tomalin, author of A Life of My Own: A Memoir (Penguin Press, $27, 9780399562914).

CBS This Morning: Suze Orman, author of Women & Money (Revised and Updated) (Spiegel & Grau, $24, 9780812987614).
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