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*STARRED REVIEW Richard Chapman – husband, father, businessman – hosts a bachelor party in his Westchester, NY, home for his younger brother. Two strippers are hired to provide the expected entertainment, until the debauchery ends abruptly when the girls…

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Four decades have passed since Amaterasu Takahashi lost her daughter and grandson in Nagasaki’s atomic destruction. Now an octogenarian widow living in Philadelphia, she’s shocked by the arrival of a disfigured stranger claiming to be that grandson. He…

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Barbara Thorson is most definitely not your average fifth-grader. She refuses to buy the “motivational speaking” going on in the front of the classroom on career day, quipping to the less-than-esteemed guest, “I already have a ‘career,’ thank you.”…

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*STARRED REVIEW In his sublime “foreword [that] might be better thought of as an afterword,” physician and bestselling author Abraham Verghese reveals that he came to know Paul Kalanithi “most intimately when he’d ceased to be.” That, too, is true of…

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Zomorod Yousefzadeh hasn’t “met anyone who has moved so many times before sixth grade.” Her peripatetic upbringing has already encompassed long distances – not just in miles, but across cultural, social and political divides, as well. Originally from…

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*STARRED REVIEW Many years earlier, Lucy Barton spent two months in a hospital after a routine appendectomy; no one ever figured out what was wrong. She wakes one morning to find her mother sitting on her bed, arrived in Manhattan from their rural…

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*STARRED REVIEW On an afternoon in November 1999, the 50,000-strong disruption of the World Trade Organization summit in Seattle imploded with tear gas and violence. Sunil Yapa’s debut pivots around teenage runaway Victor, whose initial plans to sell…

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*STARRED REVIEW Jackson was 7 the last time he saw his bubble-bathing, purple jelly bean-loving friend Crenshaw. But now that Jackson is 10, the oversize imaginary feline explains, “You need a bigger friend now.” Jackson and his family must sell…

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*STARRED REVIEW Hippo doesn’t know it yet, but Bird is exactly the friend he needs. Despite Hippo’s insistent rejections (grunts, sighs, definitive cries of “Go away!”), Bird doesn’t give up. Just look! He can be a stylish hat, provide umbrella-like…

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From the creator of the internationally bestselling Chi’s Sweet Home series comes another frolicking feline with irresistible energy. As an elderly woman reminisces about the early days of her now overgrown (still adorable) cat, FukuFuku, her photos…
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