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December 31, 2019 00:30:00
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#1641: Terry Tempest Williams’ “Erosion: Essays of Undoing” | The Book Show

Terry Tempest Williams is renowned for her singular body of literature on the environment and our experiences of home.  Her new book “Erosion: Essays of Undoing,” explores this connection, particularly to her home state of Utah, as an evolutionary process and how our undoing of the self, self-centeredness, extractive capitalism, fear, tribalism can also be […] ...

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December 27, 2019 00:30:00
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#1640: Ocean Vuong’s “On Earth, We’re Briefly Gorgeous”

Brilliant, heartbreaking, tender, and highly original – poet Ocean Vuong’s debut novel, “On Earth, We’re Briefly Gorgeous,” is a sweeping and shattering portrait of a family, and a testament to the redemptive power of storytelling written as a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. ...

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December 17, 2019 00:30:00
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#1639: Sharon Olds’ “Arias”

Sharon Olds is renowned for poetry that examines marriage, motherhood, intimacy, and the human condition. She is the author of 13 books of poetry and received both the Pulitzer Prize and England’s T. S. Eliot Prize. Her new collection, “Arias,” explores political conscience, race and class in poems delivered with operatic passion, anguish and solo […] ...

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December 10, 2019 NaN
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#1638: Gail Collins’ “When Everything Changed” and “America’s Women”

New York Times columnist Gail Collins has written a new book on a subject that is timelier than ever: women and aging in America. Author of the acclaimed New York Times bestsellers “When Everything Changed” and “America’s Women,” Collins was the first woman to serve as the editorial page editor of the New York Times. […] ...

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December 03, 2019 NaN
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#1637: Elizabeth Strout’s “Olive, Again”

Olive Kitteridge, the funny, wicked, remorseful and gruff woman who was the propelling force in Elizabeth Strout’s book of short stories “Olive Kitteridge” – which won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for fiction – is back in Strout’s new collection, “Olive, Again.” This episode was recorded at an event presented by Oblong Books and Music. ...

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November 26, 2019 00:30:00
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#1636: Pulitzer Prize Winner, Rick Atkinson’s “The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777”

Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Atkinson, who wrote the best-selling “Liberation” trilogy about the American effort in Europe during the Second World War, has now written the first book in a new trilogy to tell the story of the war that made America. It’s called “The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, […] ...

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