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Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
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Fresh Air: One Lawyer’s Fight For Young Blacks And ‘Just Mercy’
The founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Ala., recounts his experiences as a lawyer working to assist those desperately in need, reflecting on his pursuit of the ideal of compassion in American justice.
Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America by Gustavo Arellano
Good Food: 60 Types of Tortas at Tortas Sinaloa
The Dinner Party Download: Writer Gustavo Arellano on How Mexican Food Conquered America
All Things Considered: The California Taco Trail: ‘How Mexican Food Conquered America’
For 50 years, the taco has been a staple of American life. It’s in school lunches and Michelin-star restaurants; it even helped launch the food truck craze. So how did the taco come to loom so large in American bellies? Gustavo Arellano explains our love of all things folded into a tortilla.
The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu by Dan Jurafsky
All Things Considered: 'Language Of Food' Reveals Mysteries Of Menu Words And Ketchup
The Daily Circuit: Dan Jurafsky decodes ‘The Language of Food’
The Leonard Lopate Show: Where Does the Word Ketchup Come From? And Other Questions on the Language of Food
Good Food: A Linguist’s Tour of Food
A linguist delves into the world of food, describing the true meanings of descriptive words like “rich” and “crispy” when they appear on a menu and tracing how traditional and favorite dishes spread and changed through colonial shipping routes.
Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon
All Things Considered: After A Flurry Of Literary Awards, A Book On The ‘Wonder’ Of Words
In a story exploring the theme of the artist’s isolation, Grady Tripp, an obese, aging writer who has lost his way, and debauched editor Terry Crabtree struggle to rekindle their friendship, a sense of adventure, and purpose in their lives.
Does Santa Exist?: A Philosophical Investigation by Eric Kaplan
All Things Considered: A Funny Philosopher Tackles A Tough Query: ‘Does Santa Exist?’
Eric Kaplan offers a humorous philosophical investigation into the existence of Santa, examining the theories of Ludwig Wittgenstein and Bertrand Russell, the wisdom of the major religions, and classic bits of comedy.
Three Hundred Million: A Novel by Blake Butler
NPR: 300,000,000 Is A Horrific, Poetic Anti-Ode To America
Parallel narratives trace a psychologically charged cat-and-mouse case involving a psychopath who enlists young burnouts to bring him human sacrifices and the troubled police detective who would stop him. By the author of There Is No Year.
Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal
NPR: Rebooted Comic Heroine Is An Elegant, Believable ‘Marvel’
Marvel Comics presents the all-new Ms. Marvel, the groundbreaking heroine that has become an international sensation! Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City - until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the all-new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! As Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to handle? Kamala has no idea either. But she’s comin’ for you, New York! It’s history in the making from acclaimed writer G. Willow Wilson (Air, Cairo) and beloved artist Adrian Alphona (Runaways)!
Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War by James Risen
Fresh Air: Journalist Talks Confidential Sources, Getting Subpoenaed And His New Book
Ever since 9/11 America has fought an endless war on terror, seeking enemies everywhere and never promising peace. In Pay Any Price, James Risen reveals an extraordinary litany of the hidden costs of that war: from squandered and stolen dollars, to outrageous abuses of power, to wars on normalcy, decency, and truth. In the name of fighting terrorism, our government has done things every bit as shameful as its historic wartime abuses — and until this book, it has worked very hard to cover them up.
Lincoln suspended habeas corpus. FDR authorized the internment of thousands of Japanese Americans. Presidents Bush and Obama now must face their own reckoning. Power corrupts, but it is endless war that corrupts absolutely.
Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for All the Letters by Oliver Jeffers
All Things Considered: In This ‘Alphabet,’ ‘O’ Is For Helpful Owl And ‘C’ Is For Escapist Cup
THE alphabet book to top all others, from the illustrator of the #1 New York Times bestselling The Day the Crayons Quit!
If words make up the stories and letters make up the words, then stories are made up of letters. In this menagerie we have stories made of words, made FOR all the letters.
The most inventive and irresistible book of the year spans a mere 26 letters (don’t they all!) and 112 pages. From an Astronaut who’s afraid of heights, to a Bridge that ends up burned between friends, to a Cup stuck in a cupboard and longing for freedom, Once Upon an Alphabet is a creative tour de force from A through Z. Slyly funny in a way kids can’t resist, and gorgeously illustrated in a way readers of all ages will pour over, this series of interconnected stories and characters explores the alphabet in a way that will forever raise the bar.
In Once Upon an Alphabet, #1 New York Times bestseller Oliver Jeffers has created a stunning collection of words and artwork that is a story book, alphabet book, and gorgeously designed art book all in one.
The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books by Azar Nafisi
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Weekend Edition: Understanding Society Through 3 American Classics
The Daily Circuit: Talking Volumes (Nov 5th EVENT)
Author Azar Nafisi has a gift for using literature for her own purposes in her best-selling memoir “Reading Lolita In Tehran” it’s a key - the path to internal liberation in the midst of an oppressive revolutionary Iran. In her new book, “The Republic Of Imagination: America In Three Books,” literature becomes a map of American culture, society, and the disparate elements that make up the adopted home she loves. The three books that guide her are Mark Twain’s “Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn,” “Babbitt” by Sinclair Lewis and “The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter” by Carson McCullers.
Melody Road by Neil Diamond
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NPR First Listen: Neil Diamond, ‘Melody Road’
Neil Diamond, one of the world’s premiere recording artists, internationally renowned and record-breaking concert performer and revered songwriter, is set to release his brand new studio album. The album marks his first original studio release in six years and first since signing with Capitol Records. Acclaimed producers Don Was and Jacknife Lee co-produced the album. In addition, there will be a special 36-page lyric book with guitar chords included in the packaging of each album.
It takes tremendous vision, focus and determination - combined with a mega-dose of God-given talent, charisma and soul - to create music that becomes indelibly ingrained in the fabric of our culture, shared Melody Road co-producer and Blue Note President Don Was. For decade after decade, Neil’s songs have been such a major part of our lives. Making this record with him has served as a profound reminder of what a powerful and amazing artist he truly is, he continued.
Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics by Aretha Franklin
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MPR News: Aretha Franklin covers Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’
Fresh Air: Aretha Franklin Before Atlantic: The Columbia Years
Here & Now: Aretha Franklin Performs The National Anthem At Harvard Graduation
Aretha Franklin, the incomparable “Queen of Soul,” will release her highly anticipated brand new studio LP ARETHA FRANKLIN SINGS THE GREAT DIVA CLASSICS on October 21st, featuring the . album s lead single, Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep (The Aretha Version).”
Aretha’s unsurpassed vocal styling permeates on popular diva classics ranging from Barbra Streisand’s “People,” and Gladys Knight’s “Midnight Train To Georgia,” to Alicia Keys’ “No One,” and a mash up of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” and Destiny’s Child’s “I m A Survivor,” and more. Also lauded as a skillful pianist, Aretha tickles the ivories on The Supremes’ “You Keep Me Hangin’ On.”
ARETHA FRANKLIN SINGS THE GREAT DIVA CLASSICS reunites Franklin with Sony Music Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer Clive Davis as they take the helm as co-producers to bring Davis’ album concept to fruition. A-List producers Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, André 3000, Harvey Mason, Jr., Terry Hunter and Eric Kupper add their award-winning production skills.
Rightfully earning the #1 spot on Rolling Stone magazine’s prestigious “100 Greatest Singers of All Time” list, and #9 on 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list, Franklin has won a total of 19 Grammy Awards and is one of the best-selling female artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide.
The Fall: A Father’s Memoir in 424 Steps by Diogo Mainardi
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Weekend Edition: 424 Steps to Happiness A Father’s Journey Beyond ‘The Fall’
THE FALL is a memoir like no other. Its 424 short passages match the number of steps taken by Diogo Mainardi’s son Tito as he walks, with great difficulty, alongside his father through the streets of Venice, the city where a medical mishap during Tito’s birth left him with Cerebral Palsy. As they make their way toward the hospital where both their lives changed forever, Mainairdi begins to draw on his knowledge of art and history, seeking to better explain a tragedy that was entirely avoidable. From Marcel Proust to Neil Young, to Sigmund Freud to Humpty Dumpty, to Renaissance Venice and Auschwitz, he charts the trajectory of the Western world, with Tito at its center, showing how his fate has been shaped by the past. Told with disarming simplicity; by turns angry, joyful, and always generous, wise and suprising, THE FALL is an anstonishing book.
Start Together (Limited Edition 7-LP Box Set) by Sleater-Kinney
All Songs Considered: Sleater-Kinney Reunites, Announces New Album
Sleater-Kinney is an acclaimed, American rock band that formed in Olympia, Washington in 1994. Sleater-Kinney were known for their feminist, left-leaning politics, and were an integral part of the riot grrrl and indie rock scenes in the Pacific Northwest. Start Together is a deluxe box set compiling all seven of Sleater-Kinney’s critically-acclaimed albums, plus a 44-page hardcover book and an art print. Each LP is on a different color of vinyl, and this box is the only way to get these albums on colored vinyl. Each album has been freshly remastered by Greg Calbi for this release.
Tell ‘Em I’m Gone by Yusuf/ Cat Stevens
NPR First Listen: Yusuf/Cat Stevens, ‘Tell ‘Em I’m Gone’
Tell ‘Em I’m Gone is the first new Yusuf album to be released since 2009’s acclaimed Roadsinger. Recorded all over the world, including Los Angeles, Dubai, Brussels, and London, the album features 10 brand-new studio recordings, including five originals and five carefully-chosen cover songs. Tell ‘Em I’m Gone features musical contributions from Richard Thompson, blues harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite, singer-songwriter Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Tuareg group Tinariwen, and guitarist Matt Sweeney. The album was produced by Yusuf, with Rick Rubin also producing select tracks.
Each track on Tell ‘Em I’m Gone revives the age-old themes of freedom and peace that have prevailed through more than four decades of Yusuf’s musical career. On this album, Yusuf returns to the roots of his teenage musical inspiration: American blues and R&B, using these genres to explore humanity’s climb to freedom with songs that recall the spirit of his earliest days as a nascent singer-songwriter in London.
Stunning originals like “I Was Raised In Babylon” and “Cat And The Dog Trap” plus covers of American standards (“Big Boss Man,” “You Are My Sunshine”) and a moving version of Edgar Winter’s “Dying To Live” find Yusuf as strong of voice and as engaging a performer as ever before.