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'Y Is For Yesterday': Sue Grafton's Penultimate Mystery Series Novel

August 20, 2017 - 1:59pm

Sue Grafton's latest novel is the second to last in a series spanning A to Z and 35 years worth of best-selling murder mysteries featuring fictional female detective Kinsey Millhone.

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'Young Jane Young' Is A Political Sex Scandal, Told Through Women's Eyes

August 20, 2017 - 3:59am

Young Jane Young is the story of a political sex scandal, told through the women who endure it. Author Gabrielle Zevin tells Lulu Garcia-Navarro she hopes readers will think twice about shaming women.

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Sweet, Generous 'Wild Things' Is A Playful Survey Of Kid Lit

August 20, 2017 - 3:00am

Bruce Handy's new book takes an emotional, intuitive look at the world of children's books, from Goodnight Moon to Charlotte's Web, which he calls "a mastery novel of ideas" about life and death.

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'Good Booty': Backing Up How Music And Sex Helped Shape American Culture

August 19, 2017 - 2:10pm

In her new book Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music, Ann Powers explores how popular music became America's primary erotic art form.

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Motherhood In The Guise Of Terror In 'Fierce Kingdom'

August 19, 2017 - 4:11am

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

August 19, 2017 - 4:11am

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

August 19, 2017 - 3:00am

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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