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Featured October 15, 2014
on Morning Edition
National Book Award Nomination

Lila Marilynne Robinson

Lila
by Marilynne Robinson

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A new American classic from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Gilead and Housekeeping Marilynne Robinson, one of the greatest novelists of our time, returns to the town of Gilead in an unforgettable story of a girlhood lived on the fringes of society in fear, awe, and wonder. Lila, homeless and alone after years of roaming the countryside, steps inside a small-town Iowa church—the only available shelter from the rain—and ignites a Read More »



Featured October 15, 2014
on Morning Edition
National Book Award Nomination

Redeployment Phil Klay

Redeployment
by Phil Klay

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Phil Klay's Redeployment takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned.  Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos.

In "Redeployment", a soldier who has had to shoot dogs because they were eating Read More »



Featured October 15, 2014
on Morning Edition
National Book Award Nomination

Station Eleven Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven
by Emily St. John Mandel

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An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.
 
One snowy night Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a production of King Lear Read More »



Featured October 15, 2014
on Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Killing Patton Martin Dugard

Killing Patton
by Martin Dugard, Bill O'Reilly

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The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General

Readers around the world have thrilled to Killing Lincoln, Killing Kennedy, and Killing Jesus—riveting works of nonfiction that journey into the heart of the most famous murders in history. Now from Bill O’Reilly, anchor of The O’Reilly Factor, comes the most epic book of all in this multimillion-selling series: Killing Patton. General George S. Patton, Jr. died under mysterious circumstances in the months following the end of World War II. For Read More »



Featured October 15, 2014
on Fresh Air - NPR

The Assassination Of Margaret Thatcher And Other Stories Hilary Mantel

The Assassination Of Margaret Thatcher And Other Stories
by Hilary Mantel

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One of the most accomplished, acclaimed, and garlanded writers, Hilary Mantel delivers a brilliant collection of contemporary stories

In The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher, Hilary Mantel’s trademark gifts of penetrating characterization, unsparing eye, and rascally intelligence are once again fully on display.

Stories of dislocation and family fracture, of whimsical infidelities and sudden deaths with sinister causes, brilliantly unsettle the reader in that unmistakably Mantel Read More »



Featured October 15, 2014
on Colbert Report

Dear White People Justin Simien

Dear White People
by Justin Simien

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A guide to inter-racial harmony in "post-racial" America

In the satirical tradition of the New York Times bestseller Stuff White People Like comes this witty companion book to the “incredibly entertaining” (Indiewire) film of the same name, which “heralds a fresh and funny new voice” (Variety).

Right out of college, Justin Simien wrote a screenplay about the nuanced experiences of four black students on a predominantly white college campus. The film, Dear Read More »



Featured October 15, 2014
on PBS News Hour

Betrayal of Trust Laurie Garrett

Betrayal of Trust
by Laurie Garrett

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The Collapse of Global Public Health

In this meticulously researched and ultimately explosive new book by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the New York Times bestseller The Coming Plague, Laurie Garrett takes on perhaps the most crucial global issue of our time. She asks: is our collective health in a state of decline? If so, how dire is this crisis and has the public health system itself contributed to it? Using riveting detail and finely-honed storytelling, Garrett exposes the Read More »



Featured October 15, 2014
on PBS News Hour

Even This I Get To Experience Norman Lear

Even This I Get To Experience
by Norman Lear

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In my ninety-plus years I’ve lived a multitude of lives. In the course of all these lives, I had a front-row seat at the birth of television; wrote, produced, created, or developed more than a hundred shows; had nine on the air at the same time; founded the 300,000-member liberal advocacy group People For the American Way; was labeled the “no. 1 enemy of the American family” by Jerry Falwell Read More »



Featured October 15, 2014
on PBS News Hour

How We Got to Now Steven Johnson

How We Got to Now
by Steven Johnson

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Six Innovations That Made the Modern World

From the New York Times–bestselling author of Where Good Ideas Come From and Everything Bad Is Good for You, a new look at the power and legacy of great ideas. In this illustrated volume, Steven Johnson explores the history of innovation over centuries, tracing facets of modern life (refrigeration, clocks, and eyeglass lenses, to name a few) from their creation by hobbyists, amateurs, and entrepreneurs to their unintended historical consequences. Filled with surprising stories Read More »



Featured October 14, 2014
on CBS This Morning

All Things Possible

All Things Possible
by Andrew M. Cuomo

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Setbacks and Success in Politics and Life

In this full and frank memoir—a personal story of duty, family, justice, politics and resilience—New York Governor Andrew Cuomo reflects on his rise, fall, and rise in politics, and recounts his defining personal and political moments and tough but necessary lessons he has learned along the way. With 16-page of color photos Read More »



Featured October 14, 2014
on Fresh Air - NPR

Pay Any Price James Risen

Pay Any Price
by James Risen

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Greed, Power, and Endless War

War corrupts. Endless war corrupts absolutely.

Ever since 9/11 America has fought an endless war on terror, seeking enemies everywhere and never promising peace. In Pay Any Price, James Risen reveals an extraordinary litany of the hidden costs of that war: from squandered and stolen dollars, to outrageous abuses of power, to wars on normalcy, decency, and truth. In the name of fighting Read More »



Featured October 14, 2014
on Diane Rehm Show - NPR

Worthy Fights Leon Panetta

Worthy Fights
by Leon Panetta

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A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace

The inspiring and revelatory autobiography of the defense secretary and CIA director who led the intelligence war that killed Bin Laden, among many important roles in a legendary career It could be said that Leon Panetta has had two of the most consequential careers of any American public servant in the past fifty years. His first career, beginning as an army intelligence officer and including a distinguished run as one of Congress’s most powerful Read More »




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