Starred Review

The Barefoot Woman

by Scholastique Mukasonga, trans. by Jordan Stump

The Barefoot Woman by Scholastique Mukasonga (Our Lady of the NileCockroaches) is a loving tribute to a strong mother and a striking work of memoir.

Mukasonga and her family lived as exiles in Rwanda in the years leading up to the genocide of the Tutsi. This time in her life, when they were all together and alive, was short, but Mukasonga has vivid memories, especially of her mother, Stefania, a leader in the makeshift village where they were regularly terrorized by Hutu soldiers. In an earlier

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The Re-Origin of Species: A Second Chance for Extinct Animals

by Torill Kornfeldt, trans. by Fiona Graham

"There is no way in which a lost species can really be brought back to life," writes Swedish science journalist Torill Kornfeldt in her fascinating debut, The Re-Origin of Species: A Second Chance for Extinct Animals. "The nearest thing we can manage is a substitute." But as each chapter reveals, the "substitutes" that many scientists think are possible would be nearly identical to--and just as astonishing as--the originals.

Kornfeldt travels the world to meet scientists who are attempting "de-extinction,"

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Blacklisted!: Hollywood, the Cold War, and the First Amendment

by Larry Dane Brimner

Before Senator Joseph McCarthy was leading the charge in the United States' Red Scare, the Cold War fear of Communism manifested itself in the House of Representatives' Committee on Un-American Activities, or HUAC, created to investigate potential threats. In Blacklisted, Larry Dane Brimner (Twelve Days in May) explores HUAC's 1947 campaign to reveal the political views of 19 writers and directors in the film industry, and the bold fight by the accused to preserve their First Amendment rights.

Quoting from

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A Light of Her Own

by Carrie Callaghan

Carrie Callaghan's debut novel vividly renders the artistic journeys of two young female painters in 17th-century Haarlem, in Holland.

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by Hannah Moskowitz

Four siblings sail the seas, fighting monsters and seeking their missing parents, in Hannah Moskowitz's irresistible YA novel Salt.

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North of Dawn

by Nuruddin Farah

This novel follows the consequences of a Somali family long-settled in Norway welcoming their Somali daughter-in-law and her children to Oslo.

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Media Heat

Monday, December 10, 2018

Fresh Air: Samuel Schwartz, author of No One at the Wheel: Driverless Cars and the Road of the Future (PublicAffairs, $28, 9781610398657).
Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Leadership: In Turbulent Times (Simon & Schuster, $30, 9781476795928).

Thursday, December 6, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: Barbara Kingsolver, author of Unsheltered: A Novel (Harper, $29.99, 9780062684561).

Fresh Air: Samin Nosrat, author of Salt Fat Acid Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking (Simon & Schuster, $35, 9781476753836).

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Today Show: Tal Ben-Shahar, author of Short Cuts to Happiness: Life-Changing Lessons from my Barber (The Experiment, $18.95, 9781615194872).

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Fresh Air: Alan Rusbridger, author of Breaking News: The Remaking of Journalism and Why It Matters Now (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $30, 9780374279622).

Thursday, November 29, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: Leland de la Durantaye, author of Hannah Versus the Tree (McSweeney's, $18, 9781944211509).
Fresh Air: Jonathan Santlofer, author of The Widower's Notebook: A Memoir (Penguin Press, $17, 9780143132493).
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