Starred Review

Invisible Things

by Mat Johnson

Mat Johnson (Loving Day; Pym) explores the metaphorical dark side of a moon in Invisible Things, a chilling, bitingly funny sci-fi allegory set in an extraterrestrial Potemkin village designed to mimic the worst qualities of U.S. society.

When the first manned mission to Jupiter arrives, the crew discovers a glass dome on Europa's surface; it shelters a replicated American city populated by a million abductees. Their ship returns to Earth empty. Three years later, a rescue mission sets out for Europa. Getting

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Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks

by Patrick Radden Keefe

In Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks, Patrick Radden Keefe (Say NothingEmpire of Pain) collects a dozen thoroughly investigated and engagingly reported articles on a fascinating assortment of characters--from the merely colorful to the criminal--that he produced for the New Yorker between 2007 and 2018.

The breadth of his writing--insider trading in the pharmaceutical industry ("The Empire of Edge"); the dogged search for the last of the plotters who brought

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This Place Is Still Beautiful

by XiXi Tian

This Place Is Still Beautiful by XiXi Tian is a radiant YA debut about biracial identity and the complexity of love for people and places.

Annalie Flanagan's perfect summer dating a "hazel-eyed underwear model look-alike" is steamrolled with one word, spray-painted on her garage: CHINKS. The cops do the bare minimum, so Annalie's older sister, Margaret, comes home from NYU to seek justice. What she finds first, though, in the Illinois "backwater" she left behind, is a surprising appreciation for the ex-boyfriend

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A Down Home Meal for These Difficult Times: Stories

by Meron Hadero

The characters in Meron Hadero's sharp-eyed debut collection of 15 short stories, A Down Home Meal for These Difficult Times, often find themselves caught between worlds. Whether arriving in the U.S. to pursue an education ("Medallion"), visiting family in Addis Ababa and feeling out of place ("The Suitcase"), or conversing with an elderly German neighbor in Iowa ("The Wall"), Hadero's characters are keenly aware of the contrasts between the places they have left and the places they inhabit. As they engage

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by Lidia Yuknavitch

Lidia Yuknavitch's Thrust is a complex novel of great imagination. At its center is Laisvė, also known as the Water Girl. In the late 21st century, she and her father hide away from what is left of society in a submerged New York City where only the tip of Lady Liberty's torch is visible at low tide. Laisvė has a fascination with curious objects and an unusual set of skills. "She knew not to be afraid to go to water, because time slips and moves forward and backward, just as objects and stories do."

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The Lost Ryū

by Emi Watanabe Cohen

A 10-year-old boy leads a new friend and both of their dragon companions on a peregrination to save his ailing grandfather in Emi Watanabe Cohen's quiet and healing postwar fantastical debut, The Lost Ryū.

Kohei has an "impossible memory": his Ojiisan with tears in his eyes, gazing up at a soaring beast. But the Ojiisan with whom Kohei and his mother live is an angry, emotionally bereft drunk whose organs are failing. And the giant ryū, "beautiful and brutal" dragons, have not been seen "since bombs fell over

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TJ Powar Has Something to Prove

by Jesmeen Kaur Deo

Jesmeen Kaur Deo's debut, TJ Powar Has Something to Prove, is an entertaining and endearing YA novel that features a teenager working to redefine her own understanding of beauty.

Senior Tejindar "TJ" Powar is attractive, popular, a star soccer player and a member of her high school's debate team. She and her debate partner and cousin, Simran, are featured in the school's newspaper after they win a competition that qualifies them for the Provincials in Vancouver. Their victory is overshadowed, though, when

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Sandor Katz and the Tiny Wild

by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, June Jo Lee, illus. by Julie Wilson

This zesty, instructive biography of a Tennessee food fermentation revivalist serves up an appreciative take on flavorful, global eating and the transformative power of microbes.

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Harlem Sunset

by Nekesa Afia

A young woman grapples with a violent incident in her past, while finding true love with her girlfriend, in this suspenseful mystery set against the background of the Harlem Renaissance.

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The Goldenacre

by Philip Miller

This clever, complex and improbably touching Edinburgh-set thriller concerns the authenticity of a painting, the murder of a local artist and the past of a visiting art curator.

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The Dead Romantics

by Ashley Poston

A refreshingly fun, energetic novel about a romantically disillusioned, creatively blocked romance writer whose beliefs about love are transformed by a handsome ghost.

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American Royalty

by Tracey Livesay

A sexy contemporary romance draws inspiration from the real-life story of Prince Harry and Duchess Megan Markle, as a (fictional) British royal falls for an American hip hop star.

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A Shoe Story

by Jane L. Rosen

Jane L. Rosen's witty fourth novel follows a young woman who reclaims her life with the help of a fabulous footwear collection.

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by Samantha San Miguel

This spirited and imaginative middle-grade steampunk adventure tracks the triumphs and mishaps of an aspiring young naturalist in Gilded Age Florida.

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by Alexis Schaitkin

Set in a village where mothers vanish, this atmospheric novel encourages contemplation of differences and commonalities, and thinking bigger than the boundaries into which one is born.

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Forge: Project Namahana by John Teschner

Media Heat

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Ibram X. Kendi, author of Goodnight Racism (Kokila, $18.99, 9780593110515).

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Fresh Air: Mat Johnson, author of Invisible Things: A Novel (One World, $27, 9780593229255).

The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon: Elizabeth Olsen, co-author of Hattie Harmony: Worry Detective (Viking Books for Young Readers, $17.99, 9780593351444).

CBS Mornings: Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny, authors of State of Terror: A Novel (Simon & Schuster/St. Martin's Press, $18.99, 9781982173685).

Today Show: Jenna Kutcher, author of How Are You, Really?: Living Your Truth One Answer at a Time (Dey Street, $27.99, 9780063221949).

The View: Simu Liu, author of We Were Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story (Morrow, $27.99, 9780063046498).

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Fresh Air: John Vercher, author of After the Lights Go Out (Soho Press, $26, 9781641293310).
Good Morning America: Elizabeth Olsen and Robbie Arnett, authors of Hattie Harmony: Worry Detective (Viking Books for Young Readers, $17.99, 9780593351444).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Patrick Radden Keefe, author of Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks (Doubleday, $30, 9780385548519).

Monday, June 27, 2022

Today Show: R.L. Stine on the 30th anniversary of the publication of the first Goosebumps book.

CBS Mornings: Jenny Han, author of The Summer I Turned Pretty (S&S Books for Young Readers, $11.99, 9781665922074).

Good Morning America: Don Dahler, author of Fearless: Harriet Quimby, A Life Without Limit (Princeton Architectural Press, $29.95, 9781648960352).

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Fresh Air: Mary Ziegler, author of Dollars for Life: The Anti-Abortion Movement and the Fall of the Republican Establishment (Yale University Press, $35, 9780300260144).
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Werner Herzog, author of The Twilight World (Penguin Press, $25, 9780593490266).
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