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NPR featured a story this week on a new exhibit on the life and work of Black SciFi writer Octavia Butler.

 
Butler’s best known book is:

Kindred: A Novel
Octavia Butler

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This segment is a great introduction to Butler and her work.
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This week marked the 20th anniversary of the original UK release of J.K. Rowling’s first Harry Potter novel. 

 

The newest book from the Harry Potter universe… 

 
 

NPR remembers the occasion with a replay of their original review:

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This is an extraordinary new book!
 

Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women
Susan Burton

Hardcover: The New Press, 2017
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[ Read an excerpt of this book ]

 
Listen to a poignant interview that the author did with NPR’s Terry Gross…
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One of this week’s best new book releases is:
 

Grocery:
The Buying and Selling of Food in America

Michael Ruhlman

Hardback: Abrams Press, 2017
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Here’s a great interview that the author
did with NPR’s “All Things Considered”
(and appropriately the interview was conducted in a grocery store)
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One of this week’s best new book releases is:
 

The Color of Law:
A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

Richard Rothstein

Hardback: Liveright, 2017
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Here is a great interview that the author did
with Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air… 

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

Locking Up Our Own:
Crime and Punishment in Black America

James Forman, Jr.

Hardback: FSG Books, 2017
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Listen to an NPR interview with the author from All Things Considered… 
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One of this week’s most important new books is…
 

The New Urban Crisis:
How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class—and What We Can Do About It

Richard Florida

Hardback: Basic Books, 2017
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Listen to an interview that the author did with NPR this week…
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The author of this excellent new book was interview on NPR this week…
 

No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America
Ron Powers

Hardback: Hachette Books, 2017
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Our review of this book appeared in our Lent 2017 magazine issue.
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I’m a big fan of NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series.  I’ve found it a great (and FREE) way to be introduced to wonderful new music. 

SO… In honor of International Women’s Day, which was earlier this week, I count down my ten favorite Tiny Desk Concerts featuring women musicians!

See also:

Ten Important Women Theologians

 
 

#10 – Torres

Mackenzie Scott’s quiet early music gave hints that she could get loud, but I still wasn’t prepared for the ferocity of her new work. Recording as Torres, she spends her new album Sprinter unleashing as-yet-unheard intensity and power, all while performing with incredible prowess. (NPR)

Latest album:  Sprinter (2015)

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

 

Universal Harvester: A Novel 
John Darnielle 

Hardback: FSG Books, 2017
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John Darnielle is also known as the lead singer of the indie band, The Mountain Goat [ ALBUMS ]…

He did the following interview yesterday
with NPR’s Morning Edition.  It is worth a listen…

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