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Clinton, Patterson and June’s Seven Can’t-Miss Thrillers

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All the hype withstanding, The President is Missing (Little, Brown, Available Now), from the unlikely pairing of James Patterson and former president Bill Clinton, is an outstanding political thriller. The hero of the title, Jonathan Lincoln Duncan is the kind of president we only wished we had. Patterson and Clinton present a proactive leader willing to take matters into his own hands for the good of the nation, even if that means disappearing for a time. At the heart of his quest lies a computer virus that could take us back to the Stone Age the protagonist Duncan must disable, even as the world’s top assassin closes in on his trail. Politics aside, this is superb reading entertainment, an extraordinary…

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Kushner Goes Inside Women’s Prison in “The Mars Room”

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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…

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Celebrity Author Boom: 15 New Books by the Famous and the Infamous

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It’s not enough to be talented at acting or singing or dancing. These days, celebrities  adding a new skill to their repertoire: writing. Celebriity books offer another way into the lives of the famous and the infamous, giving us a better understanding of where they came from and how fame affects them, personally. This year, there are some awesome new celebrity reads on the horizon, including tell-all memoirs, creative guides, novels and more. Whether it’s memoir, novel or humor, we love when our favorite stars spill the tea and put out a new book. Here are 15 new releases by celebrity authors we can’t wait to get our hands on: Brave, Rose McGowan The outspoken actress has never been afraid…

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2018 Grammys: Carrie Fisher, Bernie Sanders and Bruce Springsteen Contend for Best Spoken Word Album

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Nominees for the 2018 Grammys were announced today and people are still talking about how this is quite possibly the most diverse list of nominees with women and people of color dominating the top categories.  Leading those nominations in all the music categories is no surprise to many: Jay-Z for his 2017 release 4:44, with eight.  While many of us tune in to the Grammys for the performances and to see if our favorites will walk away with the trophy, there are other categories that we don’t often see televised, but garner awards as well. Of interest to us is the category where books are mentioned! Audiobooks! The official category title since 1998 is “Best Spoken Word Album,” but the…

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Who’s Whispering Sweet Nothings in the President’s Ear?

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In Dr. Lauren A. Wright’s latest book, On Behalf of the President: Presidential Spouses and White House Communications Strategy Today (Praeger, April 18, 2016), she argues that first ladies are far more than a decorative political spouse, but rather an essential team player who is mobilized to enhance the public reputation of a presidential candidate and their policy agenda and, according to her data, they make a profound influence on public opinion. No first lady better typifies this than Michelle Obama who made more speeches and public appearances in her first six years than any other presidential spouse in history. The book also documents the growing presence of the presidents’ wives in the communications strategies of the last three administrations (Clinton, Bush…

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Exclusive! Jeannie Morris on Clinton, Moseley Braun and the Barriers of Race and Gender

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As we approach 2016, the nation turns its attention to the long, arduous path to the White House, now occupied by an African-American and sought by female candidates. Not much more than a couple of decades ago, the thought of a Barack Obama or a Hillary Clinton as president seemed more fantasy than reality. In the past 25 years, however, political barriers have fallen. Many of those barriers were shattered by Carol Moseley Braun, the first (and to date, only) African-American woman to serve in the United States Senate. The historical importance of Moseley Braun’s election from the politically vital state of Illinois (the state has voted for the candidate who would win nearly every presidential election) still reverberates today.…

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