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New Teeth

by Simon Rich

Humorist and novelist Simon Rich's New Teeth is a warmhearted, laugh-out-loud collection of 11 stories about the pressures of modern life and the importance of family. Family values take center stage in "Learning the Ropes," in which two bloodthirsty pirates learn to parent a charming toddler, as well as in "The Big Nap," in which a two-year-old hardboiled detective teams up with his new baby sister to solve one of life's mysteries. Meanwhile, in "Chip" and "Clobbo," two unlikely employees--an outdated AI

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Swan Dive: The Making of a Rogue Ballerina

by Georgina Pazcoguin

Memoirs by performing artists who have achieved a level of renown in their field can often be rhapsodizing nostalgia jobs. As Georgina Pazcoguin might put it: oh, honey, that is so not Swan Dive: The Making of a Rogue Ballerina. With her aggressively entertaining memoir, Pazcoguin, a proudly foulmouthed New York City Ballet soloist since 2013, has set out to take the shine off her profession's glittery image: "Onstage, we're graceful and as ethereal as mist, but once the pointe shoes and tutus come off,

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When We Were Strangers

by Alex Richards

When We Were Strangers is an affecting, expertly told contemporary YA novel that explores the complexity of love, loss and family.  

Seventeen-year-old Evie Parker is mourning the sudden death of her father when she makes a shocking discovery: on the day he died of a heart attack, he was going to leave Evie and her mother. He was planning to move in with his receptionist, Bree, who is "beautiful and young, fresh and blond" and pregnant. Evie, hoping to spare her mother further heartbreak, unpacks her

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It Could Be Worse

by Einat Tsarfati, trans. by Annette Appel

Shipwrecked sailors suffer an absurd escalation of indignities before agreeing that even terrible misfortunes can be relative, in this picture book interpretation of a Yiddish folk tale.

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How to Find Your Way in the Dark

by Derek B. Miller

With a backdrop of antisemitism during World War II, this exciting and epic historical novel follows Norwegian by Night's Sheldon Horowitz as a teen plotting revenge for his father's murder.

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Liveright Publishing Corporation: Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation by Kristin Kobes Du Mez

Media Heat

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Fresh Air: Dr. Leana Wen, author of Lifelines: A Doctor's Journey in the Fight for Public Health (Metropolitan Books, $27.99, 9781250186232).

Good Morning America: Mena Suvari, author of The Great Peace: A Memoir (Hachette Books, $28, 9780306874529).

Also on GMA: Tyler Cameron, author of You Deserve Better: What Life Has Taught Me About Love, Relationships, and Becoming Your Best Self (Plume, $26, 9780593183564).

Monday, July 26, 2021

Good Morning America: Georgina Pazcoguin, author of Swan Dive: The Making of a Rogue Ballerina (Holt, $27.99, 9781250244307).

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Fresh Air: Ronald Brownstein, author of Rock Me on the Water: 1974, The Year Los Angeles Transformed Movies, Music, Television, and Politics (Harper, $29.99, 9780062899217).

KCRW's Bookworm: Yaa Gyasi, author of Transcendent Kingdom (‎Vintage, $16, 9781984899767).

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

CBS This Morning: Julie K. Brown, author of Perversion of Justice: The Jeffrey Epstein Story (Dey Street Books, $27.99, 9780063000582). She also appeared on Fresh Air.

Late Night with Seth Meyers
: Simon Rich, author of New Teeth: Stories (‎Little, Brown, $27, 9780316536684).

Thursday, July 15, 2021

KCRW's Bookworm: Jack Skelley, author of Dennis Wilson and Charlie Manson (BookBaby, $5.99, 9781098374327).
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