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09:10

Classic LA noir meets the #MeToo era in the suspense novel 'Everybody Knows'

Book critic Maureen Corrigan says Jordan Harper's new suspense novel is L-A noir at its sleazy, suspensful best.

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05:58

Racism tears a Maine fishing community apart in 'This Other Eden'

Paul Harding's stunning new novel, This Other Eden, is inspired by the real-life consequences of eugenics on Malaga Island, Maine, which, from roughly the Civil War era to 1912, was home to an interracial fishing community.

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06:30

'Sam,' the latest novel from Allegra Goodman, is small, but not simple

Allegra Goodman says that her new novel, called "Sam," was inspired by her daughter, who, when she was little, was constantly in motion. Goodman wondered what happens to that reckless energy in girls as they grow up. Our book critic, Maureen Corrigan, has a review of "Sam."

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08:49

Looking for a twist on the whodunit? Two mysteries veer into uncharted territory

Jane Smiley's latest novel, A Dangerous Business, is a mash-up of a Western, a serial killer mystery and a feminist erotic romp. Shelby Van Pelt's debut novel, Remarkably Bright Creatures, stars a giant Pacific octopus named Marcellus.

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08:48

Maureen Corrigan's favorite books of the year: 10 disparate reads for a hectic 2022

Some years, my best books list falls into a pattern: like a year that's dominated by dystopian fiction or stand-out memoirs. But, as perhaps befits this hectic year, the best books I read in 2022 sprawl all over the place in subject and form. Here are 10 superb titles from 2022:

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08:45

Small in scope, Claire Keegan's 'Foster' packs an emotional wallop

Keegan is a writer who revels in the suspense of the unspoken, the held breath. Her new novella centers on a nameless young girl whose parents leave her in the care of relatives for the summer.

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08:34

Author reminds Americans that Samuel Adams was a revolutionary before he was a beer

The Revolutionary is not merely a dutiful exhumation of a poorly remembered Founding Father, it's a thrilling, timely account of how the American Revolution happened.

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08:06

A canine psychologist with a new puppy explores 'how dogs become themselves'

Alexandra Horowitz is a professor of psychology and founder of the Dog Cognition Lab at Barnard College. Horowitz's new book is called "The Year Of The Puppy." Our book critic Maureen Corrigan says it offers readers plenty to chew on.

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08:13

Celeste Ng's powerful new dystopian novel reflects our headlines back to us

Our Missing Hearts imagines a world of governmental cruelty — and the armies of citizens who both facilitate and resist. It's a masterful work that epitomizes the possibilities of storytelling.

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08:50

'Less' offers more in Andrew Sean Greer's follow-up to his Pulitzer-winning novel

Less is Lost is the sequel to Sean Greer's novel Less, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2018.

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