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NPR News: Author Recognizes Ordinary Africans Fighting Extremism

Author Recognizes Ordinary Africans Fighting Extremism
NPR’s Melissa Block talks to Alexis Okeowo author of A Moonless, Starless Sky. Among the stories, a Somali girl defies al-Shabab and plays basketball, and a Mauritanian man campaigns against slavery.

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NPR News: ‘Hotel Scarface’: The Hotel At The Center Of Miami’s Cocaine Boom

‘Hotel Scarface’: The Hotel At The Center Of Miami’s Cocaine Boom
NPR’s Melissa Block talks to journalist Roben Farzad about his new book, Hotel Scarface: Where Cocaine Cowboys Partied and Plotted to Control Miami. It was a hub for Miami’s exploding cocaine trade.

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NPR News: Author Recognizes Ordinary Africans Fighting Extremism

Author Recognizes Ordinary Africans Fighting Extremism
NPR’s Melissa Block talks to Alexis Okeowo author of A Moonless, Starless Sky. Among the stories, a Somali girl defies al-Shabab and plays basketball, and a Mauritanian man campaigns against slavery.

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NPR News: ‘Hotel Scarface’: The Hotel At The Center Of Miami’s Cocaine Boom

‘Hotel Scarface’: The Hotel At The Center Of Miami’s Cocaine Boom
NPR’s Melissa Block talks to journalist Roben Farzad about his new book, Hotel Scarface: Where Cocaine Cowboys Partied and Plotted to Control Miami. It was a hub for Miami’s exploding cocaine trade.

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NPR News: Family Drama Against A Flooded Backdrop In ‘The Floating World’

Family Drama Against A Flooded Backdrop In ‘The Floating World’
C. Morgan Babst’s portrait of a troubled New Orleans family that fractures further during and after Hurricane Katrina is poetic and suspenseful — but the drama sometimes drowns in too much detail.

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NPR News: Kirkus Changes Review After ‘American Heart’ Draws Outrage As ‘White Savior Narrative’

Kirkus Changes Review After ‘American Heart’ Draws Outrage As ‘White Savior Narrative’
Young adult novel American Heart has been at the center of a storm on Twitter and the recommendation engine Goodreads. Kirkus Reviews had originally given the book a star, but after a controversy, removed it.

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NPR News: Philip Pullman Returns To The Dark Materials Universe In A New Prequel — Er, ‘Equel’

Philip Pullman Returns To The Dark Materials Universe In A New Prequel — Er, ‘Equel’
The fantasy world of the author’s His Dark Materials series is back in The Book Of Dust: La Belle Sauvage. It’s the first entry in a new trilogy.

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