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npr recent author interviews

npr is always a great resource for book reviews and author interviews. Below is a list with some of the most recent books that have been highlighted.

Books: 
D (a Tale of Two Worlds) Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781335916747
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Published: Hanover Square Press - December 8th, 2020

December 5, 2020. Heard on Weekend Edition Saturday with Scott Simon.

In Michel Faber's latest, The Disappearance (Isappearance?) Of The Letter 'D'
The review here.


Perestroika in Paris: A novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525520351
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Published: Knopf - December 1st, 2020

December 2, 2020.
"Perestroika In Paris" Is A Cozy, Fairy-Tale Trot Through The City Of Lights.
Fans of Jane Smiley's previous books will be pleased to see that talking horses make a return in her latest — plus a dog, a raven and a couple of ducks, all making lives for themselves in Paris.
Lovely review on npr here.


Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250276759
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Published: St. Martin's Press - December 1st, 2020

December 3, 2020. "Long Time Coming" Explores Birth, Uninterrupted History Of Systemic Racism In U.S.

Review/interview here.


A Promised Land Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781524763169
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Published: Crown - November 17th, 2020

Lots of reviews/interviews on npr:

November 12, 2020 • Obama's ascent thrilled millions but also stirred a countermovement that is still on the march. His new memoir, "A Promised Land," covers his rise through the second year of his presidency.
The review/interview here.


November 16, 2020. Consider This from NPR. Here.

November 16, 2020. Heard on Morning Edition. Here. Obama Calls Trump's Refusal To Concede Another 'Breach Of Basic Democratic Norms'

November 19, 2020. Heard on Fresh Air. Here.


Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780593189481
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 10th, 2020

November 10, 2020.
In "Wintering," Katherine May Encourages 'The Active Acceptance Of Sadness'
The review/interview here.


One Life Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781984881168
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Published: Penguin Press - November 10th, 2020

November 9, 2020. Heard on Fresh Air.
Soccer Star Megan Rapinoe On Equal Pay, And What The U.S. Flag Means To Her
The review/interview here.

November 12, 2020. Soccer Star Megan Rapinoe's "One Life" Is Mostly A Call To Action
Review here.


Looking to Get Lost: Adventures in Music and Writing Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780316412629
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 27th, 2020

November 30, 2020. Heard on Morning Edition.

Peter Guralnick Is 'Looking To Get Lost' In The Stories Of American Music Icons
The review/interview here.

Also staff recommended. On David's list of holiday gift suggestions. That list here.


The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food: A Cookbook Cover Image
$38.00
ISBN: 9780316480680
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Published: Voracious - October 27th, 2020

October 26, 2020. Heard on Fresh Air.

Marcus Samuelsson: Erasing Black Culinary History Ignores 'The Soul Of American Food'
The interview/review here.

12/13/20: We have some in stock. Order here, or give us a call if you would like us to hold one for you.


The Cold Millions: A Novel Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780062868084
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Published: Harper - October 27th, 2020

October 27, 2020. Heard on All Things Considered.

Echoes Of Today's Unrest Run Through "The Cold Millions"
The review/interview here.


Memorial: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593087275
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 27th, 2020

October 24, 2020. Heard on Weekend Edition Saturday. Yes, There's Conflict — But No One's The Bad Guy In 'Memorial'

The review/interview here.


Joe Biden: The Life, the Run, and What Matters Now Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9781982174026
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Published: Scribner - October 27th, 2020

October 27, 2020. Heard on Fresh Air.
Biography Traces Political Mistakes And Personal Scars That Shaped Joe Biden
The review/interview here.


Nose Dive: A Field Guide to the World's Smells Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781594203954
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Published: Penguin Press - October 20th, 2020

November 11, 2020. Heard on Fresh Air.

From Stinky Cheese To Cat Pee, Author Takes A 'Nose Dive' Into The Science Of Smell.
The review/interview here.


Shuggie Bain: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780802148506
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Published: Grove Press - October 13th, 2020

November 14, 2020. Heard on Weekend Edition Saturday.

"Shuggie Bain" Will Lift You Up — And Tear You Up
Review/interview here.

2020 Booker Prize Winner.


Bunheads Cover Image
By Misty Copeland, Setor Fiadzigbey (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399547645
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 29th, 2020

November 29, 2020. Heard on Weekend Edition Sunday.
Misty Copeland Celebrates Ballet's Beautiful Friendships In 'Bunheads' The interview/review here.


Eat a Peach: A Memoir Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781524759216
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Published: Clarkson Potter - September 8th, 2020

Heard on Weekend Edition Saturday: David Chang Discusses Mental Health And His New Memoir

NPR's Scott Simon talks with chef and food celebrity David Chang about his new memoir, "Eat a Peach," which details how his depression and bi-polar disorder lead to the best and worst of his choices.

The interview here.


I Am Every Good Thing Cover Image
By Derrick Barnes, Gordon C. James (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525518778
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - September 1st, 2020

October 24, 2020. Heard on Weekend Edition Saturday.

A New Picture Book Reminds Black Sons: You Are 'Every Good Thing'
The review here.

12/13/20: We have some in stock. Order here, or give us a call if you would like us to hold one for you.


Sisters: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593188958
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 25th, 2020

August 26, 2020: Fraught Relationship Between "Sisters" Lies At The Heart Of Daisy Johnson's Latest
The interview here.


Summer: A Novel (Seasonal Quartet) Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781101870792
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Published: Pantheon - August 25th, 2020

August 25, 2020: Ali Smith Brings Her Seasonal Quartet To A Close With "Summer"

The review here.


Superman's Not Coming: Our National Water Crisis and What We the People Can Do About It Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9781524746964
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Published: Pantheon - August 25th, 2020

August 26, 2020: Erin Brockovich Says "Superman's Not Coming" To Save Our Water Supply
The interview here.


Luster: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374194321
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 4th, 2020

August 23, 2020. "Luster" Shines With Sharp Wit And Dark Humor.

The review here.


Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780593230251
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Published: Random House - August 4th, 2020

August 8, 2020: Fresh Air Weekend: America's 'Caste' System; The 'Freefall' Of Local Journalism
It's More Than Racism: In "Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents," the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson examines the laws and practices that created a bipolar caste system in the U.S. — and how the Nazis borrowed from it. Here.

August 4, 2020: In "Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents," the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist examines the laws and practices that created a bipolar caste system in the U.S. — and how the Nazis borrowed from it. Here.


The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780679763888
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Published: Vintage - October 4th, 2011

Ghosting the News: Local Journalism and the Crisis of American Democracy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781733623780
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Published: Columbia Global Reports - July 14th, 2020

August 3, 2020: "Ghosting The News: Local Journalism And The Crisis Of American Democracy" Author Says Local Journalism 'Freefall' Is Accelerating. The interview here.


The Aunt Who Wouldn't Die: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062976321
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Published: HarperVia - July 28th, 2020

July 30, 2020:

"The Aunt Who Wouldn't Die," by Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay, centers on an Indian family haunted by a jealous ghost. Review here.


Blacktop Wasteland: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250252685
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Published: Flatiron Books - July 14th, 2020

July 30, 2020.

S. A. Cosby's "Blacktop Wasteland" is a noir thriller — with muscle cars.  Review here.


True Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Investigation of Donald Trump Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385536738
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Published: Doubleday - August 4th, 2020

August 5, 2020: Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin Explains The 'Tragedy' Of The Mueller Investigation. Here.

July 31, 2020: In "True Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Investigation of Donald Trump" Toobin Presents A Summation For The Jury In The Case Against Trump
There is a lot of detail amassed in the CNN analyst's book that even Trump investigation junkies won't have seen, much having to do with behind-the-scenes strategizing and negotiating by lawyers. The review here.


Afterland Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316267830
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Published: Mulholland Books - July 28th, 2020

August 5, 2020: Lauren Beukes' new novel, "Afterland," is set in a near future where a virus has killed off most of the men on Earth, and one woman is racing to free her young, immune son from the government and get him to safety.
In A World (Mostly) Without Men: Questions For Lauren Beukes: The npr interview here.


The Shining Girls: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316216869
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Published: Mulholland Books - January 14th, 2014

The Death of Vivek Oji: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525541608
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 4th, 2020

August 3, 2020: You know what's going to happen in Akwaeke Emezi's new book — it's right there in the title: "The Death of Vivek Oji." But this novel about a death is full of gender-bending, boundary crossing life. Another review here.

 

August 4, 2020: Love Triumphs Over Death In "The Death Of Vivek Oji." Akwaeke Emezi's new novel begins with a death; it adopts the form — but not the spirit — of traditional crime fiction, glorying in some of the genre's conventions while slyly subverting them. The npr reiew here.


Freshwater Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780802128997
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Published: Grove Press - December 18th, 2018

I Hold a Wolf by the Ears: Stories Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374102098
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - July 28th, 2020

August 3, 2020: This 'Wolf' Will Bite You — And You'll Like It. Laura Van Den Berg's new collection, "I Hold a Wolf by the Ears: Stories" is full of uncanny, exquisite, and painful stories about death, about loss and isolation and falling for the wrong person. Her writing will get under your skin. The interview here.


Intimations: Six Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593297612
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Published: Penguin Books - July 28th, 2020

July 29, 2020: In "Intimations," Zadie Smith reflects back to us the early days of now. Link to the review, here. It is up to us to change if we don't like what we see..


Sex and Vanity: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780385546270
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Published: Doubleday - June 30th, 2020

June 28, 2020. Kevin Kwan. "Sex And Vanity" Heard on Weekend Edition Sunday. Is A Summer Romp With A Satirical Sting.
The settings: A lavish Capri wedding, Italian villas, mansions in the Hamptons and a mega-yacht.
The love interests: George Zao, a Chinese-Australian surfer, and Lucie Tang Churchill of, yes, those Churchills. The review/interview here.


A Most Beautiful Thing: The True Story of America's First All-Black High School Rowing Team Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250754769
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Published: Flatiron Books - June 30th, 2020

June 27, 2020. Arshay Cooper. "A Most Beautiful Thing: The True Story of America's First All-Black High School Rowing Team"  Heard on Weekend Edition Saturday.
Rowing crew got Arshay Cooper away from the gang life on Chicago's West Side in the 1990s. Here, he tells the story of how he, and others from rival neighborhoods, found their way to crew — and each other.


Party of Two Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593100820
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Published: Berkley - June 23rd, 2020

June 21, 2020. Jasmine Guillory. "Party of Two." Heard on Weekend Edition Sunday.  After a meet-cute at a hotel bar, they begin a casual, weekends-only long-distance fling. Or is it more? That's the setup for novelist Jasmine Guillory's new romance. And it has some timely themes — Olivia is black, Max is white. The review/interview here.


The Hilarious World of Depression Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250209283
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Published: St. Martin's Press - May 5th, 2020

May 5, 2020. John Moe. "The Hilarious World of Depression." Heard on Fresh Air. Humorist Lightens Depression's Darkness By Talking (And Laughing) About It. The interview here.
For much of his life, humorist John Moe has dealt with clinical depression that's triggered by stress. Now, faced with the COVID-19 crisis, he says, "my depression wants to flare up."


If It Bleeds Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781982137977
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Published: Scribner - April 21st, 2020

April 21, 2020. Stephen King. Interview here.  Stephen King Is Sorry You Feel Like You're Stuck In A Stephen King Novel.


How to Be an Artist Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593086469
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 17th, 2020

Jerry Saltz author of "How to Be an Artist" interview here.


Wow, No Thank You.: Essays Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525563488
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Published: Vintage - March 31st, 2020

Samantha Irby author of "Wow, No Thank You.: Essays" interview here.


More Myself: A Journey Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781250153296
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Published: Flatiron Books: An Oprah Book - March 31st, 2020

Alicia Keys talks about her amazing new memoir, here.
              and here is her interview with Oprah. Both from their own [fancy!] living rooms -- amazing conversation between people who completely admire each other. Really lovely, Ms. Keys performs one of her new songs. All so good!


It's Not All Downhill From Here: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984823748
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 31st, 2020

Terry McMillan: "It's Not All Downhill From Here," an interview here.
 and April 4,1020. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with author Terry McMillan about her new book, Here.


The Glass Hotel: A novel Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9780525521143
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Published: Knopf - March 24th, 2020

Emily St John Mandel talking about her new novel, "The Glass Hotel,"  here.


The Mirror & the Light (Wolf Hall Trilogy #3) Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780805096606
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - March 10th, 2020

Hilary Mantel finishes her trilogy! The interview here.


Afterlife Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781643750255
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Published: Algonquin Books - April 7th, 2020

Julia Alvarez: Literature Tells Us 'We Can Make It Through' interview here.  Her new novel is  "Afterlife."


How Much of These Hills Is Gold: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525537205
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 7th, 2020

Into The West, From The Far East: Interview here.


Deacon King Kong: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735216723
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 3rd, 2020

November 27, 2020. It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders.

James McBride On Hope, Community And 'A Place Of Miracles'
The review/interview here.