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Between Black and White

Mark Greaney talks with Chapter 16 about his ninth Gray Man novel

In One Minute Out, thriller writer Mark Greaney confronts the real horror of modern-day sex slavery.

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Be Like the Bard

Scott Newstok critiques modern education in How to Think Like Shakespeare

Rhodes College professor Scott Newstok analyzes the ills of contemporary education and looks to the past for a cure.

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Attitude with a Dash of Tenderness

Samantha Irby takes on middle age and mix tapes in Wow, No Thank You

Samantha Irby’s new collection of essays, Wow, No Thank You, is a spicy cocktail that will intoxicate readers — a few fingers of Dorothy Parker and a splash of comedian Wanda Sykes, as bracing and delicious as a Cosmopolitan.

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The AIDS Years

In Carter Sickels’ The Prettiest Star, set in 1986, a young AIDS patient encounters bigotry when he returns to his hometown in Ohio

Set in 1986 during the height of the AIDS epidemic, Carter Sickels’ The Prettiest Star depicts a sick young man returning to his hometown in rural Ohio and confronting ignorance and prejudice, the worst of it coming from his own family.

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Survival Kit

Jenny Offill’s Weather is a guidebook for finding hope in the dark

Jenny Offill’s latest novel, Weather, is a meditation on the challenges of our times and a lesson in maintaining optimism despite our worst fears.

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St. Jeter the Kitty Cat, Pray for Us

Sometimes transcendence comes during a marathon of potty breaks and toddler demands

There are certain things in life that are inevitable, which means that over time, the Litany will likely get longer. If the tradition continues for my daughters, well into their adulthood, it’s very possible that I, should they choose to promote me, may make the Litany myself.

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