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Novelist Ursula Le Guin, best known for her award-winning science fiction, died earlier this week.

 
Her obituary from the New York Times.
 

Not familiar with Le Guin’s books?
Check out our Introductory Reading Guide

 

NPR Remembers Le Guin:
(All Things Considered)

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One of this month’s best new books 
(and one of January’s best audiobooks) is:
 

When: The Scientific Secrets
of Perfect Timing

Daniel Pink

Hardback: Riverhead Books, 2017
Buy Now:
Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]  [ Audiobook ]
 
 

Listen to the author’s interview
with NPR’s All Things Considered:

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One of the best new book releases
of this month is:

 

LOVE 

Matt de la Peña
Loren Long (Illustrator)

 
Hardback: Putnam, 2018
Buy Now: [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]
 

Listen to an interview that the author and illustrator 
did with NPR’s All Things Considered:

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NPR is one of the many sources we look to for tips on excellent new books!
We especially love their interviews with authors.

 
Here is a Top 10 list of our favorite NPR author interviews of 2017…
 

#10 – Turtles All the Way Down:
A Novel

John Green

Hardback: Dutton.
Buy Now:  [ Amazon  ]  [ Kindle ]

 
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TODAY (Jan. 9) is the birthday of sociologist and public Robert Putnam.

In honor of the occasion, we offer a series of brief video clips that introduce his work…

*** Books by Robert Putnam

 

 

Overview of his book OUR KIDS:

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One of this week’s best new book releases is:

The Immortalists:
A Novel

Chloe Benjamin

Hardback: G.P. Putnam’s, 2017
Buy Now: [ Amazon ] [ Kindle ]
 
The novelist was recently interviewed by NPR’s Weekend Edition.
Listen now: 
 
 
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In advance of the new movie adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s novel,

A Wrinkle in Time

FSG Books, 1963
Buy Now:  [ Amazon ]  [  Kindle ]

Television station CUNY-TV sat down with an astrophysicist and a biologist to talk about science in L’Engle’s space trilogy.
 
(HT: Sarah Arthur. Thanks for alerting us to this!)

*** Watch the movie trailer!

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One of this week’s best new book releases is:

Test of Faith:
Signs, Serpents and Salvation

Lauren Pond

Hardback: Duke UP, 2017
Buy Now: [ Amazon ]
 

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One of this fall’s best new books is:
 

How to Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds
Alan Jacobs

Hardback: Currency, 2017
Buy Now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]
 
 
 

*** Watch for our review of this book
     in our Advent 2017 magazine issue.
    SUBSCRIBE NOW, and make sure you receive this issue…

 
 

LISTEN to a brief radio interview
that Alan Jacobs did with Brandon Vogt:

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One of this week’s best new book releases is:

 
Silence: In the Age of Noise
Erling Kagge

Hardback: Pantheon, 2017
Buy Now: [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]
 

Here’s a great tongue-in-cheek silent interview with the author
(set to the soundtrack of John Cage’s 4:33) :

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