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"Now Read This" book club 2020 Catch Up

PBS NewsHour-New York Times book club Now Read This 2020 catch up:

January 2020.
"Heart Berries" by Terese Marie Mailhot.
All kinds of information, including author interviews, here.

February 2020.
"American Prison" by Shane Bauer. This draws from Bauer’s own experience working undercover as an entry-level prison guard at Louisiana’s Winn Correctional Center while on assignment as a senior reporter for Mother Jones. His book weaves together his own stories of working with Winn corrections officers and prisoners, along with the history of for-profit incarceration in the U.S.
All kinds of infromation, including author Shane Bauer on being both prisoner and prison guard, and discussion questions, here.

March 2020.
"Inheritance" by Dani Shapiro. After submitting her DNA for analysis to an ancestry website in 2016, Dani Shapiro received a piece of news that rocked her to the core: The man who had raised her, her now-deceased father, was not her biological kin.
All kinds of information, including Dani Shapiro answering readers' questions with Jeffrey Brown and how a surprising DNA test inspired her memoir.

April 2020.
"Disappearing Earth" by Julia Phillips. Set on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula, a region where social and ethnic tensions have long shaped the lives of the residents there, Phillips’ novel follows a cast of characters who are connected by the crime. The mysterious disappearance of the Golosovsky sisters one summer day ignites an onslaught of media attention that lays bare the broader tensions, particularly for women who feel their struggles have not been given equal notice.
All kinds of information, including: why a writer traveled to a far-off Russian peninsula for her debut novel; and why the novel begins with a tale of natural disaster.

May 2020.
"The Street" by Ann Petry. This is a novel published in 1946 by African-American writer Ann Petry. Set in World War II era Harlem, it centers on the life of Lutie Johnson. Petry's novel is a commentary on the social injustices that confronted her character, Lutie Johnson, as a single black mother in this time period.
All kinds of information, including:

  • 5 book covers that show how Ann Petry’s "The Street" was depicted over time. This was the first novel by a black woman to sell more than a million copies. But over the years, not all of its covers conveyed the complex themes of race and class.
  • How Tayari Jones discovered an "undersung American masterpiece."

June 2020.
"American Spy" by Lauren Wilkinson. Set in 1986, the novel follows Marie Mitchell, a young black officer with the FBI who joins a task force aimed at undermining Thomas Sankara, the then-president of Burkina Faso. When she finds herself involved in a plot to overthrow Sankara, she begins to reconsider what it means to be a good American and a spy.
All kinds of information, including the author talking about other sources of inspiration, and some great disccussion questions.

July 2020.
"Citizen: An American Lyric" by Claudia Rankine. A collection of essays, images and poetry that consider how individual and collective expressions of racism add up and play out in our contemporary society.
Some great discussion questions posted here. And check back for more information.

August 2020.
“Beijing Payback” by Daniel Nieh. A fast-paced thriller about a young man whose discovery upon his father’s death of his involvement in a vast crime syndicate leads the protagonist on a journey to tie up loose ends with his father’s former associates back in China. This is the debut novel from Daniel Nieh, who has worked as an interpreter, translator and model.
June Now Read This author Lauren Wilkinson, in a review for The New York Times, called Nieh’s book “a propulsive first novel that aims to entertain” while considering larger themes of identity and privilege." The review here.
More information on the Now Read This web site.

Heart Berries: A Memoir Cover Image
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - April 9th, 2019

American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment Cover Image
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Published: Penguin Books - June 11th, 2019

Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love Cover Image
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Published: Anchor - January 28th, 2020

Disappearing Earth Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525436225
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Published: Vintage - April 7th, 2020

The Street Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780395901496
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Published: Mariner Books - March 15th, 1998

American Spy: A Novel Cover Image
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - March 17th, 2020

Citizen: An American Lyric Cover Image
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Published: Graywolf Press - October 7th, 2014

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Published: Ecco - April 14th, 2020