Two-time National Book Award finalist Rachel Kushner’s new book, “The Mars Room” tells the story of Romy Hall who was serving two consecutive life sentences plus six years at the Stanville Women’s Correction Facility in California’s Central Valley.

Roxanne says that the book “informs our understanding of prison life in a woman’s correctional facility in thrilling and ironic detail” and “helps us ponder a society that gives rise to these inevitabilities, disappointments, and injustices.”

Also in this episode, we welcome back Lissa Muscatine, the owner of Politics & Prose in Washington DC for our segment “What’s on The Front Table.”

Books in this episode:

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

To purchase any of the books recommended by Lissa Muscatine, just go to Politics & Prose.

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Beneath a Ruthless Sun: A True Story of Violence, Race, and Justice Lost and Found by Gilbert King

Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman

Fascism: A Warning by Madeleine Albright

Make Trouble by Cecile Richards

Something Wonderful by Todd S. Purdum

The Wine Lover’s Daughter: A Memoir by Anne Fadiman

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

Happiness: A Novel by Aminatta Forma

Losing Mum and Pup: A Memoir by Christopher Buckley

Sharp by Michelle Dean

Educated by Tara Westover

Lessons From Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog by Dave Barry

The President Is Missing: A Novel by James Patterson and Bill Clinton

There Will Be No Miracles Here: A Memoir by Casey Gerald

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

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