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The Book Show

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    Dan Chaon’s latest thriller, “Sleepwalk,” is a high speed and darkly comic road trip through a near future America with a big-hearted mercenary. The novel examines where we’ve been and where we’re going and the connections that bind us, no matter how far we travel to dodge them or how cleverly we hide.
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    Jennifer Egan’s new novel, “The Candy House,” is a sibling novel to her Pulitzer-Prize and National Book Critics Circle-winning “A Visit from The Goon Squad.” It asks big questions about the totalizing and flattening effects of digital culture, privacy, and surveillance. It is a place where people can upload their actual memories, and let other people live in theirs.
  • Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild award winner, Julianna Margulies has achieved success in television, theater, and film and starred in two classic series: “ER” and “The Good Wife.” As a bubbly child, Julianna was bestowed with the family nickname “Sunshine Girl,” also the title of her new memoir.
  • The fragile, 1952 postwar tranquility of a young boy’s world explodes one summer day when a leopard escapes from the Oklahoma City Zoo, throwing all the local residents into dangerous excitement, in Stephen Harrigan’s story of a child’s confrontation with his deepest fears. His new novel is “The Leopard is Loose.”
  • Douglas Stuart’s debut novel "Shuggie Bain" was awarded the 2020 Booker Prize and his new second novel, "Young Mungo" is a portrayal of working-class life and a moving and suspenseful story f the dangerous first love of two young men: Mungo and James - who should be sworn enemies if they’re to be seen as men at all.
  • Gregory Maguire, the imagination behind "Wicked," turns his trademark wit and wisdom to an animal adventure about growing up, moving on, and finding community. "Cress Watercress" is a lavishly illustrated woodland tale with a classic sensibility and modern flair.
  • Amy Bloom’s memoir, "In Love," asks: what are you willing to do for the one you love? And what is our own right to die? Bloom describes the events that took place from the time of her husband’s diagnosis with Alzheimer’s, until his death by “accompanied suicide” with Dignitas in Zurich.
  • Sheila Heti is a philosopher of modern experience, and she has reimagined what a book can hold. In her latest, Pure Colour, she presents a contemporary bible, an atlas of feeling, and an absurdly funny guide to the great (and terrible) things about being alive.
  • Stewart O’Nan’s latest novel “Ocean State” is a crushing, beautifully written, and compelling story about sisters, mothers, and daughters, and the terrible things love makes us do. The story is one of the build-up to and fall-out from a murder, told through the alternating perspectives of the four women at its heart.
  • "The Magician" is the tenth novel from Colm Tóibín, the Booker Prize winning author of "The Master" and "Brooklyn." "The Magician" is an intimate portrait of one of the 20th century's most intriguing literary figures, Thomas Mann.
  • New Yorker staff writer Susan Orlean gathers a lifetime of musings, meditations, and in-depth profiles about animals in her new collection, “On Animals.” Orlean has been hailed as “a national treasure” by The Washington Post and is the author of the New York Times bestseller “The Library Book.”
  • Booker Prize–winning author Roddy Doyle’s latest is Life Without Children. The book is a warm and witty portrait of our pandemic lives, told in ten heartrending short stories.Love and marriage. Children and family. Death and grief. Life touches everyone the same. But living under lockdown, it changes us alone.