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November 19, 2019 00:30:00
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#1635: Sean Penn’s “Bob Honey Sings Jimmy Crack Corn”

Sean Penn won Academy Awards for Best Actor for his performances in “Mystic River” and “Milk.” He is also a novelist. His debut novel was “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” and he’s followed it up with the sequel “Bob Honey Sings Jimmy Crack Corn,” where he follows the exploits of Bob Honey, a septic […] ...

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November 12, 2019 00:30:00
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#1634: Alice Hoffman’s “The World That We Knew”

Alice Hoffman’s latest book is a bittersweet parable about the costs of survival and the behaviors that define humanity. “The World That We Knew” is set in Berlin in 1941. It follows the lives of three women who become intertwined in order to survive the dangers of the Nazi regime. This is an Off The Shelf edition of The […] ...

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October 22, 2019 00:30:00
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#1631: Eliza Griswold’s “Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America”

For seven years, journalist and New Yorker writer Eliza Griswold reported and wrote the story of how fracking in southwestern Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale forever altered the lives of Stacey Haney, her daughter, Paige and her son, Harley. Griswold’s book, “Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America,” just received the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction. ...

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October 15, 2019 00:30:00
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#1630: Jacqueline Woodson’s “Red At The Bone”

Jacqueline Woodson is the New York Times-bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of “Another Brooklyn” and “Brown Girl Dreaming.” Her latest novel, “Red at the Bone,” tells how an unexpected teenage pregnancy pulls together two families from different social classes, and exposes the private hopes, disappointments, and longings that can bind or divide us from […] ...

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October 08, 2019 00:30:00
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#1629: Terry Tempest Williams “Erosion: Essays of Undoing”

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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October 01, 2019 00:30:00
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#1628: Edwidge Danticat’s “Everything Inside”

Edwidge Danticat’s new book “Everything Inside” is a collection of stories about community, family, and love. Set in locales from Miami and Port-au-Prince to a small unnamed country in the Caribbean, “Everything Inside” is at once wide in scope and intimate as it explores the forces that pull us together and drive us apart. ...

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