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Novel kindles questions about family, values

9/19/2017
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In "Little Fires Everywhere," Celeste Ng pits ideals against the realities of "messy human existence."

Duration: 00:04:26


Thread Book Hour: Claire Messud and Nicole Krauss

9/15/2017
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MPR's Kerri Miller interviews novelists Claire Messud and Nicole Krauss about two of the most highly acclaimed books of 2017, "The Burning Girl" and "Forest Dark."

Duration: 01:03:28


St. Paul poet Danez Smith shines in the national spotlight

9/14/2017
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Danez Smith's latest collection, "Don't Call Us Dead," just landed on the longlist for the National Book Award. The collection explores what it's like to be young, black and gay in America.

Duration: 00:14:02


St. Paul writer Vince Flynn hits the big screen

9/14/2017
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Coming years after his death, the release of the film "American Assassin" is an emotional event for the author's family.

Duration: 00:04:26


'History of Wolves' bears down on the Booker

9/13/2017
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Win or lose, the book's Minnesota author is enjoying a major honor.

Duration: 00:03:17


Art Hounds: New children's books by Minnesota authors

9/7/2017
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Four new children's and YA books are being promoted in local bookstores this weekend. Plus, the Art Hounds recommend a show about the legacy of Indian boarding schools, and "Dancing on the Edge."

Duration: 00:05:31


A D.C. sex scandal, through female eyes

9/5/2017
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In her novel "Young Jane Young," Gabrielle Zevin explores the way stories change with the perspective of the listener.

Duration: 00:03:19


The lives of those within 'The Force'

8/29/2017
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Author Don Winslow writes about police officers who walk the line between "rough justice and tempered mercy."

Duration: 00:30:06


For 'Jaws' fans, a look at what it's really like to hunt a shark

8/26/2017
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Bookseller Molly Coogan works not far from where "Jaws" was filmed. Her reading recommendation is right on theme, "even if you missed Shark Week."

Duration: 00:02:26


Editorial cartoonist Steve Sack on 36 years of commentary, caricature

8/21/2017
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Pulitzer-Prize winning cartoonist Steve Sack has captured six presidents as well as countless governors, senators and representatives in his career. His new book is a look back at political history, in caricature.

Duration: 00:36:14


The case for short stories: 'How can you not be satisfied with this one perfect, delicious thing?'

8/19/2017
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Bookseller Kathryn Harper tore through 'The Tower of the Antilles' in two days. The short story collection is 'ten different, interesting pieces that you put together,' she said.

Duration: 00:02:11


What it's like to be an immigrant in a time of uncertainty

8/17/2017
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Author Dina Nayeri left Iran when she was ten years old. In a discussion sparked by her new book, "Refuge," listeners called in to share their own stories of immigration, belonging and fear.

Duration: 00:46:57


How the books you read growing up still matter

8/16/2017
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Author Ann Hood absolutely devoured books as a child, and many still stick with her today. What book was a formative read for you, growing up?

Duration: 00:31:45


For Cameroonian writer, job loss led to the American Dream

8/14/2017
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The author of "Behold the Dreamers" says she didn't intend for the novel to be about immigration.

Duration: 00:04:25


Historical fiction and shades of 'Goosebumps': An escapist middle grade read

8/12/2017
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Meredith Hylton grew up reading historical fiction. She says 'Serafina and the Black Cloak' is exactly what she would have read when she was 12.

Duration: 00:01:51


Excruciating and beautiful: 'Glass Castle' author sees life on screen

8/11/2017
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The film version of "The Glass Castle," Jeannette Walls' best-selling memoir, hits theaters this weekend. She hopes the film will help others deal with their troubled histories.

Duration: 00:04:24


Disconnection and climate change at the heart of Kingsnorth's latest

8/8/2017
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In his latest novel and essay collection, writer Paul Kingsnorth explores cataclysmic change through a new lens.

Duration: 00:04:23


The multiple, terrifying, worlds of Ben Percy's writing

8/7/2017
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"The Dark Net" is Percy's latest in a series of literary horror fantasies. But the novel is just one of the writing universes Percy inhabits.

Duration: 00:04:25


How to become a 'superforecaster'

8/5/2017
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Bookseller Jonah Zimiles recommends a business-minded book that can teach readers to be better at predicting the future.

Duration: 00:02:11


Robert Stephens wants to know more

6/20/2016
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Robert Stephens is a creative guy. He founded the tech support company Geek Squad while still in college, and he hasn't stopped expanding and innovating since. When it comes to reading and learning, Stephens is just as driven. He told Kerri Miller that when he starts to learn about a topic - whether it's the pyramids or Moby Dick - it's hard for him to stop. He wants to be able to see where characters and historical figures lived and worked, and how they tell their stories. The book he...

Duration: 00:18:53

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