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July 22nd, 2024


In her fierce second novel, Sarah Manguso writes a requiem for a failed relationship from the point of view of a survivor, the wife left behind.
Author: Heller McAlpin
Posted: July 22, 2024, 12:48 pm
NPR's Ayesha Rascoe speaks with Andrea Freeman, author of "Ruin Their Crops to the Ground," about food policy in the U.S. from the Revolutionary War to the present.
Author: Ayesha Rascoe
Posted: July 21, 2024, 12:02 pm
A sensitive monk, a charming mercenary, and the contested bones of St. Nicholas: NPR's Scott Simon talks with M.T. Anderson about his rollicking comic novel, "Nicked."
Author: Scott Simon
Posted: July 20, 2024, 11:57 am
Some of the most fabulous romances by Black authors still fly under the radar. So we have recommendations for your summer reading enjoyment.
Author: Carole V. Bell
Posted: July 19, 2024, 4:38 pm
Auslander has written for decades about growing up in a dysfunctional household within an ultra-orthodox Jewish community. The title of his latest memoir comes from the Yiddish word for "yuck."
Author: Tonya Mosley
Posted: July 18, 2024, 4:54 pm
Mateo Askaripour's sophomore novel is a sprawling speculative-fiction narrative that delivers a heartwarming story about a young woman learning to navigate the world.
Author: Gabino Iglesias
Posted: July 18, 2024, 2:09 pm
LeVar Burton has three roles he'll forever be known for: Kunta Kinte on the TV series Roots, Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation and host of Reading Rainbow. Those roles have had profound impacts on people and he now understands, as he puts it, "my job is to be LeVar Burton." He talks to Rachel about the tension of that job, his changing definitions of success and learning to embrace the chaos.

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Author: Rachel Martin
Posted: July 18, 2024, 11:04 am
Ukraine's bookstores have expanded despite the war, fueled by interest in works by Ukrainian writers, some who have been killed by Russian forces. But a Russian missile struck a top printing plant.
Author: Joanna Kakissis
Posted: July 18, 2024, 10:00 am
When President Biden heard that Donald Trump had picked J.D. Vance to be his running mate, he called the Ohio senator "a clone" of Trump. But when Vance first gained national attention, he was one of Trump's loudest critics.

Vance first drew the national spotlight in 2016 with the publication of his memoir "Hillbilly Elegy." The book served as a biography of his upbringing in America's Rust Belt and social commentary on the white working class at a time when many were trying to understand those voting for Donald Trump.

On the press tour for that book Vance had a lot of negative things to say about Donald Trump. He said Trump was unfit for the nation's highest office, and in unearthed private messages, he compared Trump to Adolf Hitler.

J.D Vance went from New York Times bestselling author, to senator, to Vice Presidential candidate. That political journey has brought him closer and closer to a presidential candidate he once professed to despise.

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Posted: July 16, 2024, 9:53 pm
Rosalind Brown's debut novel, Practice, centers on an undergraduate student trying to write an essay on Shakespeare. Along the way, we are treated to the fleeting insights of the the brain at work.
Author: Maureen Corrigan
Posted: July 16, 2024, 6:50 pm