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by Phillip B. Williams

Esteemed poet Phillip B. Williams (Thief in the InteriorMutiny) offers a vast and rapturous feat of fabulism in his first novel, Ours. This is a 19th-century historical epic created with both a vivacious enthusiasm for folkloric traditions and a deep contemplation of what it means to be freed from the violent machine of slavery in the U.S.

Ours is a town where freed men and women could build lives insulated, by enchantment, from white supremacy. The place springs from the audacity of a mysterious

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Slow Noodles: A Cambodian Memoir of Love, Loss, and Family Recipes

by Chantha Nguon, Kim Green

Slow Noodles tells a story that is heart-wrenching, inspiring, harrowing, and mouthwatering. Chantha Nguon's memoir, written with Kim Green, encompasses both world history and an intimate personal account.

Nguon, born the youngest child in a comfortable family in Cambodia's Battambang, had nine years of soft living and good eating before Pol Pot reset time to Year Zero in the 1970s. Moving first to Saigon, where she weathered the end of the Vietnam War, and then escaping as a refugee into Thailand, Nguon gradually

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Universal Guide to the Night Sky

by Lisa Harvey-Smith, illus. by Sophie Beer

Astronomer and author Lisa Harvey-Smith (The Secret Life of Stars) shares her space fascination with young readers in this detailed, accessible handbook to the heavens. Universal Guide to the Night Sky offers budding astronomers, engineers, and mathematicians a roadmap and equipment list for starting their explorations of space and its infinite possibilities.  

Harvey-Smith's enthusiasm for her subject matter is clear in her presentation of the awe-inspiring features of the cosmos in a casual, conversational

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A Suffragist's Guide to the Antarctic

by Yi Shun Lai

A young woman joins an Antarctic voyage at the dawning of World War I in this gripping--and sometimes gut-wrenching--adventure tale.

Eighteen-year-old Clara Ketterling-Dunbar is enraged at the pivot the women's suffrage movement has taken to serve the war effort instead of doubling down on women gaining their rightful place in society. Her response is to sign on to a "cockamamie" cross-Antarctic expedition. Her journal-style guide is addressed to the women she expects will follow in her footsteps, breaking

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Thick with Trouble

by Amber McBride

Amber McBride's poetic voice burst on the scene with the National Book Award finalist Me (Moth), a young adult novel in verse. Her first adult collection, Thick with Trouble, puts that voice on full display, insistent and fierce as it interrogates the many ways a person--especially a Black woman--can be identified. McBride (Gone Wolf; We Are All So Good at Smiling) draws on the Hoodoo tradition and evokes the spiritual throughout the collection, organizing what she calls her "[Troublesome] Poems" into sections

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Big Mall

by Kate Black

Big Mall, Canadian author Kate Black's meditation on the mall, is brief but powerful. Having grown up near West Edmonton, Alberta, Black didn't just go to the mall. She went to the mall. The West Edmonton Mall is the largest in North America and was the world's largest until 2004. It houses an amusement park; NHL regulation-size ice rink; and, for a time, live dolphins, along with hundreds of shops, eateries, and other attractions, all discussed in Black's brief book.

For better or worse, malls have been a

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Dead Things Are Closer Than They Appear

by Robin Wasley

An "unextraordinary" teenager must survive the extraordinary circumstances of a magical apocalypse in this thrilling and genre-bending YA novel that feels like a blend between The Last of Us and Ali Hazelwood.

"Magic used to be everywhere," but "people abused it, and it had to be locked in the ground forever," policed by chosen Guardians. Seventeen-year-old Isidora "Sid" Spencer lives in Wellsie, a town above one of the fault lines "where magic lies sealed beneath the earth." Tourists flock to Wellsie to see

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Averil Offline

by Amy Noelle Parks

Twelve-year old Averil searches for a reclusive coder in this middle-grade mystery about privacy and tracking in the digital age.

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The Frame-Up

by Gwenda Bond

Gwenda Bond's magical heist novel combines grand larceny with a love triangle, complex mother-daughter dynamics, and a century-old secret that raises the stakes.

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The Turtle House

by Amanda Churchill

Amanda Churchill's powerful debut novel weaves the stories of a Japanese war bride, her Texan granddaughter, and the complicated family they both love.

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Dinner on Monster Island

by Tania De Rozario

Tania De Rozario uses the language of horror and film to tell a highly personal tale about finding and crafting an identity in a world insisting she was a monster.

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The Catch

by Amy Lea

A grumpy lobster fisherman's world is turned upside down when a fashion influencer unexpectedly arrives at his family's inn in this funny, heartfelt contemporary romance.

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Media Heat

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Live with Kelly and Mark: Kat Ashmore, author of Big Bites: Wholesome, Comforting Recipes That Are Big on Flavor, Nourishment, and Fun (Rodale, $35, 9780593580158).

Tamron Hall: Dulcé Sloan, author of Hello, Friends!: Stories of Dating, Destiny, and Day Jobs (Andscape Books, $27.99, 9781368095501).

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

CBS Mornings: Dr. Lisa Damour, author of The Emotional Lives of Teenagers: Raising Connected, Capable, and Compassionate Adolescents (Ballantine, $19, 9780593500033).

Today Show: Sue Varma, author of Practical Optimism: The Art, Science, and Practice of Exceptional Well-Being (Avery, $29, 9780593418949).

Also on Today: Ramani Durvasula, author of It's Not You: Identifying and Healing from Narcissistic People (The Open Field, $29, 9780593492628).

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Good Morning America: Jamie Kern Lima, author of Worthy: How to Believe You Are Enough and Transform Your Life (Hay House, $27, 9781401977603).

Today Show
: Savannah Guthrie, author of Mostly What God Does: Reflections on Seeking and Finding His Love Everywhere (Thomas Nelson, $29.99, 9781400341122).

Also on Today: Kwane Stewart, author of What It Takes to Save a Life: A Veterinarian's Quest for Healing and Hope (HarperOne, $28.99, 9780063215825).

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Today Show: Julius Roberts, author of The Farm Table (Ten Speed Press, $35, 9781984862662).

Also on Today: Samantha Seneviratne, author of Bake Smart: Sweets and Secrets from My Oven to Yours (Harvest, $35, 9780358715146).

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

CBS Mornings: Ray Isle, author of The World in a Wineglass: The Insider's Guide to Artisanal, Sustainable, Extraordinary Wines to Drink Now (Scribner, $50, 9781982182786).

Today Show: Niro Feliciano, author of This Book Won't Make You Happy: Eight Keys to Finding True Contentment (Broadleaf, $27.99, 9781506480411).

Jennifer Hudson Show: Jennifer Freed, author of A Map to Your Soul: Using the Astrology of Fire, Earth, Air, and Water to Live Deeply and Fully (Rodale, $26, 9780593236154).
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