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NPR’s book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews this excellent new book…

Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke
in the Richest Country on Earth
Sarah Smarsh

Hardback: Scribner, 2018
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Listen to this powerful interview with the author of this new book…

Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement
That Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free
Linda Kay Klein

Hardback: Touchstone, 2018
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This fascinating and provocative new book is
one of the best new book releases of this week:

Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World
Anand Giridharadas

Hardback: Knopf, 2018.
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A Snippet:

“A lot of well-meaning liberals — and it’s going to, it hurts to hear this — but a lot of well-meaning liberals paved the road for Trump. And they did so in two ways. First of all, by peddling a lot of pseudochange instead of actually fixing the American opportunity structure, instead of actually repairing the American dream over the last 30 to 40 years — by doing that, they allowed some of the biggest problems in this country to fester for decades and not be solved. And I think it’s very plausible that had we actually been solving those problems of trade and education and social mobility, Donald Trump would simply not have had the oxygen that his conflagration required. But they also enabled Trump in a second way, which is: They contributed to the correct intuition, across large parts of this country, that elite Americans have rigged the game for themselves.”

 

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This great new book was released this week…
 

Playing Changes:
Jazz for the New Century

Nate Chinen

 
Hardback: Pantheon, 2018
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*** The starred review of this book
from Publishers Weekly…

 

Listen to a great NPR interview with the author,
from Morning Edition:

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This is an important book on the recent history of opioid epidemic in the U.S.
It is also one of our best new releases of this week.
 

Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America
Beth Macy

Hardback: Little, Brown & Co, 2018
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“Macy’s harrowing account of the opioid epidemic in which hundreds of thousands have already died masterfully interlaces stories of communities in crisis with dark histories of corporate greed and regulatory indifference.”
New York Times Book Review, Editors’ Choice

 

Listen to an excellent NPR Interview with the author… 

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This debut novel is one of
the best new books of this week

 

The Incendiaries:
A Novel

R.O. Kwon

Hardback: Riverhead, 2018
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“A story about spiritual uncertainty and about the fierce and undisciplined desire of her young characters to find something luminous to light their way through their lives.”
– Maureen Corrigan, NPR

 

Listen to a superb interview that the novelist 
did with NPR’s Renee Montagne:

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TODAY marks the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth…
 
This new collection of his prison letters has just been released for the occasion…

The Prison Letters
of Nelson Mandela

Compiled and Edited by
Sahm Venter

Hardback: Liveright, 2018
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NPR interviewed the editor of this collection.
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An excellent new book on the present economic situation for families in the United States:
 

Squeezed:
Why Our Families Can’t Afford America

Alissa Quart

Hardback: Ecco, 2018.
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Listen to an excellent NPR interview with the author…
(Interviewed by Terry Gross of All Things Considered)

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

Room to Dream: A Memoir
David Lynch / Kristine McKenna

 
Hardback: Random House, 2018
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David Lynch was interviewed about this book
on NPR this week.  Give it a listen:
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This is a fascinating and timely new book…
 

The Heritage: Black Athletes, a Divided America, and the Politics of Patriotism
Howard Bryant

Hardback: Beacon Press, 2018
 
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Listen to an excellent NPR interview with the author:

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