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Negroland: A Memoir by Margo Jefferson

New York Times: 100 Notable Books of 2015
New York Times: Dwight Garner’s Best Books of 2015
Washington Post: 10 Best Books of 2015
Los Angeles Times: 31 Best Nonfiction Books of 2015
Marie Claire: Best Books of 2015
Vanity Fair: Best Book Gifts of 2015

Next Week

My Name Is Lucy Barton: A Novel by Elizabeth Strout

From our partners at Booklist:

Lucy Barton recalls her months-long stay in the hospital after suffering complications during a routine appendectomy. Her husband, overwhelmed with job and child-care responsibilities, summons Lucy’s mother to stay with her, though they have long been estranged. Within the confines of her hospital room, Lucy and her mother seek to find common ground, gossiping about the neighbors in the small, rural town of Amgash, Illinois, where Lucy was raised. In this way, they avoid talking about the central event of Lucy’s life, her impoverished childhood. Obliquely, the harsh details are revealed: Lucy was frequently hungry, dirty, and terrorized by her abusive father. She felt isolated, ashamed, and fearful, feelings that still surface in adulthood. It seems a small miracle that she escaped to college, got married, had children, and became a writer while her siblings remained mired in dysfunction. She never confronts her mother about the fact that she failed to protect Lucy; indeed, though they seem incapable of expressing it, their love for each other is palpable. In a compact novel brimming with insight and emotion, Strout relays with great tenderness and sadness the way family relationships can both make and break us.

HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Anticipation will be high for a new novel by the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Olive Kitteridge.

— Joanne Wilkinson

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This Week's Guest:

From the Miami Book Fair:  Well READ goes on the road to one of the biggest book fairs in the world.  The fair brings over 600 renowned national and international authors exhibitors to a weeklong celebration of all things literary.  In Part 1, Well READ talks first to New York Times Book Review editor Pamela Paul; and then to author, comedian and blogger Sara Benincasa.  Plus we take you inside the fair and catch up with a number former Well Read guests.

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Fascinating Political Famliies But to me, political families are fascinating. They reinforce the idea that certain traits and preferences actually run in families. get the full list >

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