'Exit West' author Mohsin Hamid shares his daily writing routine, favorite books and the best bit of writer's advice he's ever received. It’s a novel about belonging and growing up, about bad decisions and human nature, and about how the world doesn’t always fit into the archetypes we’ve seen or read. Set in World War II era Harlem, it centers on the life of Lutie Johnson. In her words: “The Wife” is a darkly funny, intelligent tale of what happens when you decide to stop sacrificing your own talents in service of your spouse’s success. And it features as a haunted setting in Jesmyn Ward’s National Award-winning 2017 novel “Sing, Unburied, Sing.”. Learn more about the book club here. By Katie Kitamura, American Wolf To really earn the sight of the Rockies and comprehend what those mountains mean, Robert Kaplan writes that you have to drive for days across the prairie and the Great Plains. Our December book club pick for Now Read This, the PBS NewsHour’s book club with The New York Times, is Ling Ma’s “Severance,” a satirical novel that takes place during a global pandemic. Greer shares advice on how he writes (daily), what he reads (poetry, among lots of other things), and how he gets out of a writer’s funk (it can take awhile). “Shame takes our bodies away from us. "I sit down at the computer every weekday morning and begin to write, even if I feel blocked or don’t have much to say," says Winkler, author of "We the Corporations.". By Sally Rooney, The Woman Warrior Steven Greenhouse’s “Beaten Down, Worked Up” traces the history of the labor movement in the United States, and considers the factors that led to a significant decline in worker bargaining power in recent decades. "Pachinko" is an epic family saga and historical novel about ethnic Koreans who migrate to Japan. And Jeffrey Brown announces the March pick, a book that takes a surreal look at modern migration. It’s a tender, joyous and intimate novel. Mohsin Hamid's story about refugees is a novel, not journalism, but it combines the surreal with the very real. When writing "Severance," author Ling Ma drew inspiration from various sources, including several films. Celeste Ng, author of “Little Fires Everywhere,” and Maxine Hong Kingston, author of "The Woman Warrior," join Jeffrey Brown to answer reader questions. Author David Grann shares powerful images from one of the FBI’s first major homicide investigations, which he details in his book, “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.". Similar to the PBS Kids app, the ABC for Kids app is the Australian equivalent. In Ann Petry’s 1946 novel “The Street,” which chronicles an African American woman’s pursuit of the American dream, the main character’s predicament is not unlike that of many workers today. By Shane Bauer, Heart Berries “Brotopia” is an exposé of the dark, misogynistic side of Silicon Valley, and how that’s seeped in to the everyday tech we use. Read writing advice from Wolitzer, about her daily writing routine, and the one book she thinks everyone should read. For Dani Shapiro, finding out that the father who had raised her was not, in fact, her biological dad “was such an impossible thing to learn, in midlife.” The unexpected results. Courtney Vinopal. Powers shares his bibliography for “The Overstory” – 26 books that contain a wide range of information about trees, from how the American Chestnut disappeared to histories of radical forest activism. U.S. A one-minute long news update, focused on COVID-19, airing before and after PBS NewsHour. Joy Luck Club was the best-selling book by Amy Tan. While “Severance” feels like a particularly relevant pick amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Ma’s book also grapples with enduring themes of family, immigration and identity while offering a pointed critique of modern-day office life and consumerism. By Jia Tolentino, The Poet X You can also submit your own questions for Robert Kaplan on our Facebook page, which he will answer on the NewsHour broadcast at the end of the month. Here are questions to help guide your discussions as you read the book over the next month. You’ll find more insight on “In Translation” in Acevedo’s annotations. “Conversation with Friends,” which is set in Dublin, is a novel told through the eyes of 21-year-old Frances, a student of big ideas and intellectual convictions — until several relationships spin out of her control. “Severance” received the Kirkus Prize, the Young Lions Fiction Award, and was a 2018 New York Times notable book. In the pages Kitamura annotates, she explains how her fascinations with masculinity and privacy in a marriage became major themes in the book, as well as the significance behind certain references. Our June book club pick is a thrilling story about an intelligence officer who navigates love, family and duty in the years leading up to the end of the Cold War. Dani Shapiro, author of our March pick for the NewsHour-New York Times book club, Now Read This, joins Jeffrey Brown to answer reader questions on "Inheritance," and Jeff announces the April book selection. Mohsin Hamid’s novel "Exit West," which blends the real and surreal, follows two people on the move from a country on the brink of civil war. “There Will Be No Miracles Here” is part memoir and part meditation, tracing Gerald’s journey from his childhood in a poor neighborhood in Dallas all the way to Yale and the halls of power. "The Overstory" is our November book club for the PBS NewsHour-New York Times book club, "Now Read This". She will answer reader questions on the PBS NewsHour broadcast at the end of the month. The memoir, which blends autobiography and folktale, dips back and forth in time between the past of Kingston’s ancestors in pre-Mao China, to her growing up Chinese-American in modern-day California, to the fantasy of an imagined life as a female avenger. Kentucky Tonight A Nation Divided Renee Shaw and guests discuss political conflicts after the 2020 … Author Celeste Ng, who chose August’s book, will appear on the PBS NewsHour broadcast at the end of the month to take your questions about “The Woman Warrior” and talk about what the book means to her. The detentions of Yulia Slutskaya, founder and president of Press Club Belarus, Sergei Olshevsky, the club's director, Alla Sharko, club program director, Sergei Yakupov, Media Academy program director for the club, and Pyotr Slutsky, cameraperson, are new examples of the war that was launched by the regime of Alexander Lukashenko on freedom of speech and independent journalism in Belarus. Richard Powers recommends 26 other books on trees, How ‘America’s perfect tree’ was nearly wiped out, 'The Overstory' is our November book club pick, Why Richard Powers schedules his writing around what nature is doing, 5 advocates and crusaders who helped define corporate rights, How one corporation exploited the amendment that was meant to protect former slaves, Discussion questions for ‘We the Corporations’, ‘We the Corporations’ is our October book club pick, Why author Adam Winkler doesn't wait for inspiration to start writing, Conversations with Friends’ author Sally Rooney answers your questions, Why Sally Rooney forces herself to slow down as she writes, Discussion questions for ‘Conversations with Friends’, ‘Conversations with Friends’ by Sally Rooney is our September book club pick, Why writer Sally Rooney stopped tying up loose ends in ‘Conversations With Friends’, Celeste Ng and Maxine Hong Kingston answer your questions about ‘The Woman Warrior’, Why this description of the Chinese-American experience resonates with Celeste Ng, Discussion questions for ‘The Woman Warrior’, Our August book club pick: ‘The Woman Warrior,’ by Maxine Hong Kingston, How reading ‘The Woman Warrior’ put Celeste Ng’s feelings into words, ‘The House of Broken Angels’ author Luis Alberto Urrea answers your questions, In ‘The House of Broken Angels,’ every character has their own song, Discussion questions for ‘The House of Broken Angels’, ‘The House of Broken Angels’ is our July book club pick, ‘Read, read, read to stoke the furnace,’ and more writing advice from Luis Alberto Urrea, ‘The Fifth Season’ author N. K. Jemisin answers your questions, Sometimes readers need to be traumatized, author N.K. The questions are broken into three parts, to match the three parts of the book. We’re excited to announce that “A Separation” by Katie Kitamura is the November pick for the PBS NewsHour-New York Times book club. Andrew Ross, Rate Consultant of Nebraska Municipal Power Pool, provided an updated cost of service and rate design presentation for the Lamar Utility Board prior to its move into a public hearing for proposed changes to the current electric rate schedule on Tuesday, September 29, 2020. The author of our December pick for the NewsHour-New York Times book club answered questions submitted by readers about her novel. More on his writing routine and sources of inspiration. Greer annotates a page of “Less” that hinges on the narrator’s identity (spoiler alert) and the book’s central heartbreak. “A Separation” is a psychological thriller about a woman who learns that her estranged husband has gone missing in Greece, and tries to find him. She told the NewsHour she was prompted to consider these themes in her work after Hurricane Katrina devastated Black communities in 2005. By Maxine Hong Kingston, The House of Broken Angels Here are questions to help guide your discussions as you read the book over the next month. Tara Westover, author of our May pick for the NewsHour-New York Times book club Now Read This, joins Jeffrey Brown to answer questions from readers, plus Jeff announces June’s book. By Claudia Rankine, American Spy We’re excited to announce that “Heart” by Sandeep Jauhar is the January pick for the PBS NewsHour-New York Times book club. In 'Exit West,' a city in the Muslim world is plunged into violence and two lovers join the mass migration of our time. Jones joins Jeffrey Brown to answer reader questions about the "The Street," and Jeff announces the June book selection. By Casey Gerald, A Separation Discussion questions for ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing’, New York Times Book Review: In ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing,’ a Haunted Road Trip to Prison, Jesmyn Ward’s ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing’ is a ghost story about the real struggles of living. Phillips shares her writing routine, sources of inspiration, and the process of writing “Disappearing Earth”. Casey Gerald joins Jeffrey Brown to answer reader questions on “There Will Be No Miracles Here,” and Jeff announces the January book selection. Ma, who is now a professor in the English department at the University of Chicago, began writing “Severance” during the final months of working at an office job while the company was shuttering its location. Ann Petry’s “The Street” was the first novel by a black woman to sell more than a million copies. Become a Friend of the NewsHour to ensure our future and support quality journalism. She spoke to Jeffrey Brown about finding her voice through poetry and why she wrote a novel in verse. “American Prison” draws from Bauer’s own experience working undercover as an entry-level prison guard at Louisiana’s Winn Correctional Center while on assignment as a senior reporter for Mother Jones. Jesmyn Ward joins Jeffrey Brown to talk about the fictional Mississippi town featured in her stories, as well as her own childhood home. And at the end of the month, he will answer your questions on the PBS NewsHour. See Chang’s annotations of a page of “Brotopia” in which she meets a group of teenage girl coders, who discuss what it’s like to be a girl in tech, and what they want to do when they grow up. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith reviews 'Sing, Unburied, Sing.'. “Severance” follows Candace Chen, a millennial with a corporate job in book publishing who finds herself among the last survivors of a devastating virus in a largely empty New York City. Andrew Sean Greer, author of our June pick for the NewsHour-New York Times book club Now Read This, joins Jeffrey Brown to answer questions from readers, plus Jeff announces July’s book. (from Deaths registered weekly in England and Wales, provisional: week ending 11 September 2020) “Earning the Rockies: How Geography Shapes America’s Role in the World” is a mix of road trip, memoir, history and political analysis by Robert D. Kaplan, a geopolitical thinker and bestselling author of 17 books on foreign affairs and travel. "It was so close to my experience, it was almost painful" says the best-selling author. Glenn Close, who plays the title character in last summer’s film adaptation, is up for an Academy Award for her performance. Min Jin Lee, author of our July pick for the NewsHour-New York Times book club Now Read This, joins Jeffrey Brown to answer questions from readers, plus Jeff announces August’s book. 'Educated' is a memoir of growing up in remote Idaho in a survivalist family who did not believe in formalized education, and how Westover ultimately made her way to Harvard and Cambridge. ", We unveil our April selection for the PBS NewsHour-New York Times book club, "Now Read This.". Naomi Alderman, author of our March pick for the PBS NewsHour-New York Times book club, Now Read This, joins Jeffrey Brown to answer reader questions about “The Power.” Plus, Jeff announces the April book selection. Emily Chang, author of our April pick for the PBS NewsHour-New York Times book club, Now Read This, joins Jeffrey Brown to answer reader questions about “Brotopia.” Plus, Jeff announces the May book selection. We’re excited to announce that “Earning the Rockies” by Robert D. Kaplan is our September pick for the PBS NewsHour-New York Times book club, “Now Read This.”. It explores intimacy and infidelity, power and control. But over the years, not all of its covers conveyed the complex themes of race and class. Claudia Rankine, author of our July pick for the NewsHour-New York Times book club, Now Read This, joins Jeffrey Brown to answer reader questions about “Citizen: An American Lyric.”. Here are questions to help guide your discussions as you read the book over the next month. Here are questions to help guide your discussions as you read the book over the next month. “But laced within its dystopian narrative,” she added, “is an encapsulation of a first-generation immigrant’s nostalgia for New York, a place where, as Candace notes, ‘most people have already lived, in some sense, in the public imagination, before they ever arrive.'”. Read what Jemisin was thinking as she wrote “The Fifth Season.”. 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