Shannon Bolithoe : A Writing Life


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NPR News: Motherhood In The Guise Of Terror In ‘Fierce Kingdom’

Motherhood In The Guise Of Terror In ‘Fierce Kingdom’
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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NPR News: ‘Stay With Me’ Is A Novel Of Commitment, Culture And The Struggle To Conceive

‘Stay With Me’ Is A Novel Of Commitment, Culture And The Struggle To Conceive
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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NPR News: ‘The Once And Future Liberal’ Looks At Shortfalls Of American Liberalism

‘The Once And Future Liberal’ Looks At Shortfalls Of American Liberalism
NPR’s Robert Siegel talks to Mark Lilla, author of the book, The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics, which looks at the failure of American liberalism over the past two generations.

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NPR News: Novelist Max Brooks On Doomsday, Dyslexia And Growing Up With Hollywood Parents

Novelist Max Brooks On Doomsday, Dyslexia And Growing Up With Hollywood Parents
Brooks’ stable childhood with parents Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft stands in contrast to the wild stories he tells in novels like World War Z and Minecraft: The Island.

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NPR News: Poet Imagines Life Inside A 1910 Institution That Eugenics Built

Poet Imagines Life Inside A 1910 Institution That Eugenics Built
Molly McCully Brown, who has cerebral palsy, says that if she’d been born in a different era, she might have been sent to the “Virginia State Colony,” an early landmark of the U.S. eugenics movement.

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NPR News: A Physician Explores ‘A Better Path’ To The End Of Life

A Physician Explores ‘A Better Path’ To The End Of Life
Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter, author of Extreme Measures, discusses the ethics of using medical assistance to hasten death. Zitter is the subject of the Netflix documentary Extremis.

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NPR News: Trying To Understand ‘What Made Maddy Run’

Trying To Understand ‘What Made Maddy Run’
Journalist Kate Fagan’s new book digs into the life of a young woman whose suicide shocked the University of Pennsylvania, where she ran track. Madison Holleran’s life seemed perfect, until it wasn’t.

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