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Ismael Cala, former CNN en Español host, talks with PW about his
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64 Soapbox by Carla Hayden
The librarian of Congress looks backward and forward at how libraries keep pace with technological change.
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Gin Phillips. Viking, $25 (288p) ISBN 978-0-7352-2427-8
In this harrowing thriller from Phillips (Come in and Cover
Me), set at a zoo in an unnamed city, one second Joan is
pressing her four-year-old son, Lincoln, to pack his action
figures so that they can get out by closing time, and the next
gunshots ring out—turning their pleasurable afternoon routine
into a parent’s worst nightmare. Over the next three hours,
Joan struggles to keep her tired, cranky preschooler quiet as
she attempts to find a safe hiding place or escape route. She
discovers that others are similarly trapped, and that there are
apparently multiple shooters, who regard their prey—both
human and animal—with no more compassion than if they
were targeting Lincoln’s plastic heroes and villains. In passages
of unexpected beauty, Joan flashes back to earlier moments in
her relationship with her son. In one poignant scene, a colobus
monkey seemingly mourns its slain comrade (“standing so
close that its long white fur mixes with the fur of the dead one,
and Joan cannot tell where one stops and the other starts”).
A searing exploration of motherhood at its most basic, this all-too-plausible horror story may haunt even readers with steely
nerves and strong stomachs. Author tour. Agent: Kimberly
Witherspoon, Ink Well Management. (July)
Trouble at the Zoo
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