Starred Review

Devil House

by John Darnielle

Devil House is a thrillingly experimental novel from John Darnielle, the lead singer of the Mountain Goats and author of the equally surprising Universal Harvester and Wolf in White Van. Darnielle's protagonist, Gage Chandler, is a true-crime writer looking for the subject of his next book. Hoping for inspiration, Chandler moves into a house where an infamous crime took place and begins his immersive method of investigation. Chandler's occupation allows Darnielle to reflect on the morality and limitations

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And the Category Is... Inside New York's Vogue, House and Ballroom Community

by Ricky Tucker

Fans of TV's Pose will devour Ricky Tucker's illuminating exploration of the history of the New York ballroom community. Ballroom, ball culture and house-vogue is a culture founded more than a century ago by LGBTQ+ African American and Latinx people in Harlem, where they found and continue to find acceptance and families of choice.

Tucker names each chapter after a dancefloor category ("Vogue," "Realness," "Body," etc.). The first chapter ("Werk") gives a fascinating history of ballroom culture's representation

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At the End of Everything

by Marieke Nijkamp

At the End of Everything is a stomach-churning thriller that delivers prudent social commentary on the complicated reality of being a teen with mental health issues and what it means to survive when no one cares if you live.

The Hope Juvenile Treatment Center in the Ozarks of Arkansas is a residential rehab facility that provides counseling and therapy to "emotionally troubled youth." But instead of rehabilitating teens, Hope tells them, "Don't speak up. Don't talk back. Don't question too much." When the

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Shady Hollow

by Juneau Black

This whimsical cozy mystery set in a town of animal characters will tickle and amuse alongside its whodunit plot.

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Light Years from Home

by Mike Chen

This combination of a cosmic adventure and the story of strained sibling ties packs high-stakes action and terrific emotional range into one dynamic novel.

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Call Me Cassandra

by Marcial Gala, trans. by Anna Kushner

Cuban author Marcial Gala's second novel translated into English is a fascinating examination of fluid identity set against cultural expectations.

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by Nilah Magruder

In a soul-stirring and accessible picture book about identity, a one-of-a-kind creature learns that it's okay to create one's own origin story.

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Greenwich Park

by Katherine Faulkner

A fast-paced British thriller speculates on a crime involving a pregnant woman, her family and a suspicious interloper.

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The Appeal

by Janice Hallett

This spellbinding epistolary mystery, told almost entirely in e-mails and texts, centers on an English amateur theater troupe, some of whose members are secretly playing roles in offstage lives.

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The Accomplice

by Lisa Lutz

In this entrancing mystery, two best friends are entangled in the investigation of a mysterious death, 17 years after another death occurred during their college years together.

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Media Heat

Thursday, January 27, 2022

KCRW's Bookworm: Antoine Wilson, author of Mouth to Mouth: A Novel (Avid Reader Press, $26, 9781982181802).
Tamron Hall: Chloe Gong, author of Our Violent Ends (S&S/McElderry Books, $19.99, 9781534457720).

Also on Tamron Hall: Jason Reynolds, author of Ain't Burned All the Bright (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy, $19.99, 9781534439467).

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Tamron Hall: Justice Sonia Sotomayor, author of Just Help!: How to Build a Better World (Philomel, $17.99, 9780593206263).

Also on Tamron Hall: Rachel Lindsay, author of Miss Me with That: Hot Takes, Helpful Tidbits, and a Few Hard Truths (Ballantine, $26, 9780593357071).

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Fresh Air: Imani Perry, author of South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation (Ecco, $28.99, 9780062977403).
Good Morning America: Jay Glazer, author of Unbreakable: How I Turned My Depression and Anxiety into Motivation and You Can Too (‎Dey Street, $27.99, 9780063062856).

Today Show: Justice Sonia Sotomayor, author of Just Help!: How to Build a Better World (Philomel, $17.99, 9780593206263).

Drew Barrymore Show: Huma Abedin, author of Both/And: A Life in Many Worlds (Scribner, $30, 9781501194801).

The View: Rachel Lindsay, author of Miss Me with That: Hot Takes, Helpful Tidbits, and a Few Hard Truths (Ballantine, $26, 9780593357071).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Mike Schur, author of How to Be Perfect: The Correct Answer to Every Moral Question (Simon & Schuster, $28.99, 9781982159313).

Monday, January 24, 2022

Good Morning America: Amy Weatherly and Jess Johnston, authors of I'll Be There (But I'll Be Wearing Sweatpants) (Nelson, $18.99, 9781400226757).

Today Show: Marc Brown, author of Believe in Yourself: What We Learned from Arthur (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, $15.99, 9780759554566).

Fresh Air: Dana Stevens, author of Camera Man: Buster Keaton, the Dawn of Cinema, and the Invention of the Twentieth Century (Atria, $29.99, 9781501134197).

Tamron Hall: Ginger Zee, author of A Little Closer to Home: How I Found the Calm After the Storm (Hyperion Avenue, $26, 9781368042000).

Thursday, January 20, 2022

KCRW's Bookworm: John Keene, author of Punks: New & Selected Poems (The Song Cave, $20, 9781737277521).
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