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Motherhood In The Guise Of Terror In 'Fierce Kingdom'

NPR Books - 8 hours 16 min ago

Fierce Kingdom is about every parent's worst nightmare. A mother and her son, in the zoo at closing time, see a shooter and run. And hide. Gin Phillips talks to Scott Simon about her latest novel.

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'Stay With Me' Is A Novel Of Commitment, Culture And The Struggle To Conceive

NPR Books - 8 hours 16 min ago

Set in Nigeria in the 1980s, Ayobami Adebayo's debut novel tells the story of a couple who desperately want to have a child, in a society where that's what's expected of them.

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In 'The Stone Sky,' Some Worlds Need To Burn

NPR Books - 9 hours 28 min ago

N.K. Jemisin won Hugo Awards for the first two volumes of her Broken Earth trilogy. The Stone Sky is a powerful, timely finale to this story of a world built on oppression and exploitation.

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'Sour Heart' Offers A Fierce, Fresh Take On The 'Hell' Of Coming To America

NPR Books - August 18, 2017 - 7:21am

The stories in Jenny Zhang's powerful debut collection center on the violent, sometimes disturbing experiences of young Chinese-American girls growing up in Queens, NY.

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The Next Chapter For Dystopian Literature

NPR Books - August 17, 2017 - 7:06am

Everyone dies in the end.

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In 'Good Booty,' Our Hot And Heavy Love Affair With Pop Music

NPR Books - August 17, 2017 - 3:00am

Sex is such an inextricable part of pop music, it's easy to overlook, but NPR Music critic Ann Powers rectifies that in her new book, a portrait of America's obsession with sex as it manifests in pop.

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