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: In ‘The Stone Sky,’ Some Worlds Need To Burn

In ‘The Stone Sky,’ Some Worlds Need To Burn
N.K. Jemisin won Hugo Awards for the first two volumes of her Broken Earth trilogy. The Stone Sky is a powerful, timely finale to this story of a world built on oppression and exploitation.

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NPR News: ‘Sour Heart’ Offers A Fierce, Fresh Take On The ‘Hell’ Of Coming To America

‘Sour Heart’ Offers A Fierce, Fresh Take On The ‘Hell’ Of Coming To America
The stories in Jenny Zhang’s powerful debut collection center on the violent, sometimes disturbing experiences of young Chinese-American girls growing up in Queens, NY.

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NPR News: In ‘Good Booty,’ Our Hot And Heavy Love Affair With Pop Music

In ‘Good Booty,’ Our Hot And Heavy Love Affair With Pop Music
Sex is such an inextricable part of pop music, it’s easy to overlook, but NPR Music critic Ann Powers rectifies that in her new book, a portrait of America’s obsession with sex as it manifests in pop.

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NPR News: 3 Romances For Your August Escape

3 Romances For Your August Escape
The lazy days of August call for getaway reading, so we’ve got three romances that’ll take you from old China to the small-town South, featuring couples who learn love is closer than they think.

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