Starred Review

Punch Me Up to the Gods: A Memoir

by Brian Broome

In his thoroughly electric debut, Punch Me Up to the Gods: A Memoir, Brian Broome will shatter your heart. Then make you laugh, sweat and cringe. And--all while eviscerating stereotypes and expanding notions of Black masculinity and queer identity--he'll shatter your heart again, then carefully, exquisitely, piece it back together.

Broome structures his multidimensional memoir around two through-lines: Gwendolyn Brooks's seminal poem "We Real Cool" and a thread detailing a bus ride during which Broome watches

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Diary of a Young Naturalist

by Dara McAnulty

Dara McAnulty notices things other people don't--a hen harrier in the trees, a forgotten feather on a trail, a butterfly's wings fluttering against his chest. This knack for observation makes him an excellent recorder of changes in the natural world in his insightful and heartfelt book, Diary of a Young Naturalist. Over the course of a year, McAnulty keeps a journal as he and his family explore various landscapes near their Northern Ireland home. Only 16 years old, McAnulty writes with the wisdom of someone

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Gamora and Nebula: Sisters in Arms

by Mackenzi Lee

Warrior sisters with a fraught history attempt to steal the heart of a planet in Gamora and Nebula: Sisters in Arms, a richly imagined Marvel Universe science-fiction novel by Mackenzie Lee (Loki: Where Mischief Lies; The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue).

Gamora and Nebula, the adopted daughters of the Mad Titan Thanos, are trained warriors. But Thanos glorifies Gamora and shames Nebula, sowing distrust between the two and making them bitter rivals. When Gamora is tasked to retrieve the heart of a valuable

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Saint X

by Alexis Schaitkin

In her debut novel, Alexis Schaitkin presents a riveting tale of family, privilege and finding one's way in the labyrinth of life.

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Destination Wedding

by Diksha Basu

Diksha Basu's sophomore title, Destination Wedding, provides the perfect balance between hilariously entertaining and ingeniously divulging.

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A Rogue's Company

by Allison Montclair

In this delightful historical mystery set in postwar London, a pair of matchmakers find themselves embroiled in murder and mayhem.

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by Sophy Henn

A skeptical superhero navigates a new school in between resenting her sister and saving the world in this charming, visually explosive series starter for middle-grade readers.

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Harper: The Hidden Palace: A Novel of the Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

Media Heat

Thursday, June 10, 2021

KCRW's Bookworm: Robert Coover and Art Spiegelman, author and illustrator of Street Cop (isolarii, $19.95, 9781735075037).

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Seth Rogen, author of Yearbook (Crown, $28, 9781984825407).

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Fresh Air: Daisy Hernández, author of The Kissing Bug: A True Story of a Family, an Insect, and a Nation's Neglect of a Deadly Disease (Tin House, $27.95, 9781951142520).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Bill Cowher, co-author of Heart and Steel (Atria, $28, 9781982175795).

Monday, June 7, 2021

Good Morning America: James Patterson and Bill Clinton, authors of The President's Daughter: A Thriller (Little, Brown, $30, 9780316540711). They will also be on Live with Kelly and Ryan tomorrow.

The View: Denise Huskins and Aaron Quinn, co-authors of Victim F: From Crime Victims to Suspects to Survivors (Berkley, $27, 9780593099964).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Quinta Brunson, author of She Memes Well: Essays (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $25, 9781328638984).

Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Chris Matthews, author of This Country: My Life in Politics and History (Simon & Schuster, $28.99, 9781982134846).

Thursday, June 3, 2021

KCRW's Bookworm: Edward St. Aubyn, author of Double Blind: A Novel (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $27, 9780374282196).

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Fresh Air: Carol Anderson, author of The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America (Bloomsbury, $28, 9781635574258).

Good Morning America: Chris Bosh, author of Letters to a Young Athlete (Penguin Press, $26, 9781984881786).

The View: Chris Matthews, author of This Country: My Life in Politics and History (Simon & Schuster, $28.99, 9781982134846).
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