Starred Review

Oh William!

by Elizabeth Strout

Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout (My Name Is Lucy Barton; Anything Is Possible) has the remarkable ability to engage audiences immediately with just a few opening sentences. Her marvelous eighth novel, Oh William!, is no different, made even more inviting by continuing her Amgash series. Reading all three in chronological order promises gratifying insights, but, as with all of Strout's work, each title is satisfying on its own.

"I would like to say a few things about my first husband, William,"

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Orwell's Roses

by Rebecca Solnit

It is no surprise that a writer as talented as Rebecca Solnit (Recollections of My Nonexistence: A Memoir) considers George Orwell, who once wrote that "good prose is like a windowpane," to be "a foundational influence on my own meander toward becoming an essayist." In Orwell's Roses, she repays some of her debt by viewing her subject's work through the prism of his connection to the natural world.

Solnit's touchstone is the roses Orwell planted, in 1936, at the cottage he rented in the Hertfordshire

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Black Birds in the Sky: The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

by Brandy Colbert

For decades, one of the most distressing acts of racial violence in the United States, the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, had been largely suppressed. But the events that led up to the horrendous attack against a prominent African American community in Tulsa, Okla., are illuminated for teen readers in the year of its centennial anniversary, with a riveting and fearlessly written narrative by author Brandy Colbert (The Voting Booth; Little & Lion).

In the early hours of June 1, 1921, a mob of white people crossed

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A Line to Kill

by Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz takes his fictional self through another delightful mystery as sidekick to and documentarian of private detective Daniel Hawthorne's brilliant exploits.

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Plain Bad Heroines

by Emily M. Danforth, illus. by Sara Lautman

In Emily Danforth's chilling adult debut, a curse that destroyed a boarding school over a century earlier returns to bedevil three women involved in a movie about the school's haunted history.

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Bluebird

by Sharon Cameron

The life of postwar Nazis is a relatively underexamined theme in YA literature, but this riveting work of historical fiction reveals even more evil than expected.

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The Constant Rabbit

by Jasper Fforde

This satirical fantasy parallels right-wing attitudes toward immigrants in an alternate England, where more than a million human-sized, talking rabbits are being oppressed by the government.

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Abrams Comicarts: Dune: The Graphic Novel, Book 1: Deluxe Collector's Edition by Frank Herbert, Brian Herbert, and Kevin J Anderson

Media Heat

Thursday, October 21, 2021

KCRW's Bookworm: Jackie Kay, author of Bessie Smith: A Poet's Biography of a Blues Legend (Vintage, $16.95, 9780593314272).

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Today Show: Lidia Bastianich, co-author of Lidia's a Pot, a Pan, and a Bowl: Simple Recipes for Perfect Meals: A Cookbook (Knopf, $29.95, 9780525657408).

Fresh Air remembered the late Gary Paulsen.

Drew Barrymore Show: Ron Howard and Clint Howard, authors of The Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family (Morrow, $28.99, 9780063065246).

Tamron Hall: Shelly Tygielski, author of Sit Down to Rise Up: How Radical Self-Care Can Change the World (New World Library, $25.95, 9781608687442).

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Fresh Air: Billy Porter, author of Unprotected: A Memoir (Abrams Press, $28, 9781419746192).

Good Morning America: Michael Wolff, author of Too Famous: The Rich, the Powerful, the Wishful, the Notorious, the Damned (Holt, $29.99, 9781250147622).

Also on GMA: Andrew Morton, author of Meghan and the Unmasking of the Monarchy: A Hollywood Princess (Grand Central, $15.99, 9781538747339).

The View: Ree Drummond, author of The Pioneer Woman Cooks--Super Easy!: 120 Shortcut Recipes for Dinners, Desserts, and More (Morrow, $29.99, 9780062962768).

Also on the View: Nick Offerman, author of Where the Deer and the Antelope Play: The Pastoral Observations of One Ignorant American Who Loves to Walk Outside (Dutton, $28, 9781101984697). He also appeared on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Monday, October 18, 2021

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Adam Schiff, author of Midnight in Washington: How We Almost Lost Our Democracy and Still Could (Random House, $30, 9780593231524).

Late Late Show with James Corden: Dave Grohl, author of The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music (Dey Street, $29.99, 9780063076099).

Thursday, October 14, 2021

KCRW's Bookworm: Rita Dove, author of Playlist for the Apocalypse: Poems (Norton, $26.95, 9780393867770).

NPR's Here & Now: Ron Howard and Clint Howard, authors of The Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family (Morrow, $28.99, 9780063065246).
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