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Tue, 18 Jun 2019 14:34:45 -0400
Uncovering The Story Of Cyclist Major Taylor, America's 1st Black Sports Star
At the height of America's Jim Crow era, Taylor broke barriers by becoming the country's fastest and most famous cyclist. Michael Kranish tells his story in the new book, The World's Fastest Man.

Tue, 18 Jun 2019 12:06:00 -0400
New Noir By James Ellroy And Denise Mina Is Daredevil Storytelling At Its Finest
From Nazis and narcos to mistresses and mysterious ship wrecks, Ellroy's This Storm and Mina's Conviction offer plot twists and zig-zags that take readers on a wild ride.

Tue, 18 Jun 2019 07:00:26 -0400
'The Accident Of Color' Looks At The Failure Of Reconstruction
Daniel Brook has written a book that goes a long way toward injecting thoughtfulness into popular notions of the history of race and racism in America but doesn't delve far enough into class conflict.

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 13:50:00 -0400
'Fleishman Is In Trouble' Flips Expectations Upside Down
Taffy Brodesser-Akner's debut novel seems like a Portnoy-esque tale of a lovable lout, but halfway through, the story shakes itself up and reorients itself in a completely different direction.

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 07:00:30 -0400
A Clearer Map For Aging: 'Elderhood' Shows How Geriatricians Help Seniors Thrive
Physician Louise Aronson treats patients who are in their 60s — as well as those who are older than 100. She writes about changing approaches to elder health care in her book Elderhood.

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 05:02:00 -0400
For June, 3 Romances To Heat Up Your Summer
This month, we've got love stories about teenage girls who pull patriarchy-smashing pranks, a realistic discussion of female biology and a story about learning how to be your own Tom Hanks.

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 17:03:00 -0400
'Patron Saints Of Nothing' Is A Book For 'The Hyphenated'
Young adult author Randy Ribay says it's tough having "a dual identity" in a world "where people want you to be one thing." His new novel explores the Philippine government's deadly war on drugs.

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 10:10:00 -0400
A Muslim In Rural, White Minnesota On How To 'Love Thy Neighbor'
After Donald Trump's election, Dr. Ayaz Virji started giving talks to mostly white, Christian audiences in rural Minnesota to try to dispel misconceptions about Muslims. He faced a lot of backlash.

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 08:03:00 -0400
'The Shanghai Free Taxi' Delves Deep Into China's Troubles
NPR's Frank Langfitt wanted to get to know the real China, so he started a free taxi service in an effort to have conversations with a variety of people. His new book is the result of this reporting.

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 07:00:28 -0400
The Charleston Church Massacre And 'Grace Will Lead Us Home'
NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Jennifer Berry Hawes about her new book, Grace Will Lead Us Home, which chronicles the aftermath of the 2015 Charleston church shooting.

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 07:00:00 -0400
'Angola Janga' Tells The Story Of Brazil's Runaway Slave Communities
Marcelo D'Salete's powerful graphic novel chronicles the mocambos, communities of runaway slaves that flourished in the jungles of 17th century Brazil, and all the lives they touched, slave and free.

Sat, 15 Jun 2019 07:57:00 -0400
The Food Business Incubator That Helps Immigrant Women Pursue The American Dream
Since 2005, San Francisco's La Cocina has helped low-income entrepreneurs grow their businesses. Some went on to recognition from the prestigious James Beard awards. A new book tells their stories.

Sat, 15 Jun 2019 07:57:00 -0400
Leon Klinghoffer And The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict In 'An Innocent Bystander'
NPR's Scott Simon talks to author Julie Salamon about her new book, An Innocent Bystander. It's about the murder of Leon Klinghoffer.

Sat, 15 Jun 2019 07:57:00 -0400
New York City And The Strand Bookstore Are Not On The Same Page
Nancy Bass Wyden, the Strand's owner, is protesting New York City's decision to preserve the bookstore as a historic city landmark. She thinks the move will hurt, not help her business.


'Fleishman Is In Trouble': A Debut About Divorce, Dating And Disappearance
One day, Toby Fleishman's ex-wife drops off the kids and disappears. Author Taffy Brodesser-Akner says too many people are "locked into" marriage; her new novel explores wedlock, and what comes after.
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