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In 'The Ninth Hour,' A Tonic For The Ills Of The World

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 10:00:00 -0400

Alice McDermott's new novel immerses readers in the homely details of Irish Catholic Brooklyn in the early decades of the 20th century, but also addresses bigger, universal questions of love and life.

In 'The Twelve-Mile Straight,' Characters Are Symbols First, People Second

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 07:01:12 -0400

Eleanor Henderson's novel, set in 1930s Georgia, seeks to portray a time when "slavery was over, but not past," says our reviewer. But a lack of nuance keeps its characters from emerging as individuals.

At Duke University, A Bizarre Tour Through American History And Palates

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 07:00:00 -0400

Through the Rubenstein Test Kitchen project, librarians and staff re-create historical recipes from thousands of cookbooks in the collections. Some dishes are culturally telling ... and comical.

Novel 'Forest Dark' And Dog Book 'Afterglow' Consider The Meaning Of Life

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:54:25 -0400

Critic Maureen Corrigan reviews two books that use experimental forms to tackle weighty topics. "Both of these odd new books offer something special," she says.

'Cuz' Examines The Tragic Life And Death Of A Young Black Man In LA

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:52:25 -0400

Danielle Allen's memoir centers on her cousin Michael, who was sentenced to a long prison term for carjacking when he was 15. Three years after his release, he was found shot to death in a parked car.

Zine And Heard: In 'Moxie,' A Young Woman Fights Back

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:00:41 -0400

In Jennifer Mathieu's novel, "nice girl" Vivian secretly publishes a zine decrying her high school's culture of sexist harassment. Our reviewer says Moxie works on a "pure, wish-fulfillment level."

In A Future Ruled By Big Pharma, A Robot Tentatively Explores Freedom — And Sex: 'Autonomous'

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 07:01:11 -0400

Annalee Newitz's tale of a pharmaceutical pirate and the dangerous agents hunting her is built on tender, intimate characterizations that probe notions of selfhood, gender and ownership.

'The Autobiography Of Gucci Mane': A Story Of Rap And Rebirth

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 16:49:00 -0400

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks to rapper about his new book, The Autobiography of Gucci Mane. It traces his life as an artist who forged an unlikely path to stardom and personal rebirth.

Could The Trump Presidency Lead To An Era Of Democratic Renewal?

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:55:47 -0400

Journalists E.J. Dionne and Norm Ornstein say that a new wave of political activism springs from the fact that Trump is unfit for office. Their new book (with Thomas Mann) is One Nation After Trump.

Wooooo! 'Second Nature' Is A Winningly Unadorned Memoir Of The Wrestling Life

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 10:01:10 -0400

"Nature Boy" Ric Flair is one of the greatest pro wrestlers of all time. His daughter Charlotte followed him into the ring, and now, they've written a joint memoir that's moving and brutally honest.

'Landslide' Probes A Mother-Daughter Bond In Spare, Careful Prose

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 07:00:10 -0400

In her new essay collection, Minna Zalman Proctor digs deep into her relationship with her late mother. Her descriptions of her mother are beautiful, though the fragmented writing can feel evasive.

Silicon Valley's Ellen Pao Tackles Sex Discrimination, Workplace Diversity In Memoir

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:21:00 -0400

The tech investor dives into the lawsuit that thrust her into the national spotlight and the workplace conditions that prompted it. She says firms are largely applying "tepid diversity solutions."

'School For Good And Evil' Is A Kids' Fantasy Series For The Fake News Era

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:45:00 -0400

"Good and evil — they mix in the world," says author Soman Chainani. "Both sides claim to be good, both sides claim to be telling the truth." His latest in the series is called Quests for Glory.

Clinton Won't Rule Out Questioning 2016 Election, But Says No Clear Means To Do So

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:49:00 -0400

Hillary Clinton tells Fresh Air the mechanism for such a challenge does not exist in the U.S. "and usually we don't need it." She also says she is "optimistic about our country, but I am not naive."

Spies, Betrayal, And Some Really Good Food In 'Dinner At The Center Of The Earth'

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 10:00:28 -0400

Nathan Englander's latest tells the fraught history of Israel and Palestine with quotidian details that make the story feel not historically accurate, but historically intimate.