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Escaping Boko Haram In 'A Gift From Darkness'

NPR Books - January 21, 2018 - 4:57am

Writer Andrea Hoffmann tells NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro the story of Patience Ibrahim, a teenager captured and brutalized by Boko Haram. Ibrahim and Hoffmann co-authored the book A Gift from Darkness.

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Ten Years After The Rising, 'Iron Gold' Asks: What Now?

NPR Books - January 21, 2018 - 4:00am

Pierce Brown's rip-roaring Romans-in-space series Red Rising seemed to come to a triumphant end with last year's Morning Star. But what was the cost of that triumph, and where will it lead?

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Crime Is Down In American Cities, And 'Uneasy Peace' Explains Why

NPR Books - January 20, 2018 - 4:29am

Contrary to what you might see on TV, homicide, assault and rapes have decreased in big cities since the 1970s. Patrick Sharkey attributes the change, in part, to something that happened in the '90s.

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How The Man In The Apartment Hit Big With 'The Woman In The Window'

NPR Books - January 20, 2018 - 4:25am

Take a pinch of Hitchcock, a bit of Gone Girl, stir in a mysterious author and you've got the recipe for something unusual: One of the rare debut novels to hit number one its first week on the market.

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Denis Johnson Leaves Us With His Best In 'Largesse Of The Sea Maiden'

NPR Books - January 20, 2018 - 4:00am

Denis Johnson finished his first story collection in 25 years just before he died. The pieces in it are stunning, dark, sometimes as bleak as anything he's ever written — but miraculous to read.

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Daniel Ellsberg Explains Why He Leaked The Pentagon Papers

NPR Books - January 19, 2018 - 10:25am

In 1971, Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers to the press in the hope that they would help end the Vietnam War. His story is portrayed in the new film The Post. Originally broadcast Dec. 4, 2017.

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