More Books. — Stephanie Kotuby, senior editorial producer. In this oral history, Graff successfully — and movingly — reminds us in vivid detail of the sights, sounds and smells, and the range of emotions so many Americans felt on one of the most traumatic days in our nation’s history. 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013. PBS is producing a series called The Great American Read to highlight the importance of reading. Because of that, some of the story is pretty grim, but my 9-year-old absolutely loved it. I read anything by Ann (who joins us on the NewsHour from time to time with her book recommendations), but I wasn’t sure at first with this one. It’s full of interesting anecdotes and thought-provoking moral questions, and particularly relevant during this time of deep political polarization. Detroit Public Television Riley Broadcast Center 1 Clover Court Wixom, MI 48393 What’s going on? “Berlin” evokes the rich world of pre-WWII Berlin that Lutes has written about since 1996. This is a book for Republicans, Democrats, independents, urban and rural Americans alike. slanderous attacks on other members, I’m FULL of feelings and cannot recommend the book I’m finishing right now enough. Why? — James Williams, executive director of digital strategy. Two aging gangsters sit on a bench and talk for hours in a seedy terminal in the port of Algeciras, Spain. The only content we will consider removing is spam, The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. The rider is our conscious reasoning, and the elephant is the other 99 percent of our mental processing — occurring outside our awareness, driven by our feelings — that governs most of our behavior. Another must-read. Highly recommended if you’re looking for a way to rewire your brain for the new decade. My tastes, therefore, are on the record and out there by the basketful (or maybe the binful, since I receive about a postal bin of books every day). Now Read This Jia Tolentino’s ‘Trick Mirror’ Is January’s Book Club Pick. “Lone Wolf and Cub” is held up as one of the medium’s best for a reason. Is your favorite novel on this PBS list of 100 great books? This is a book I read with my son this year after it was recommended by his teacher. https://www.pbs.org/newshour/arts/we-read-these-29-books-in-2019-you-should-too, 5 novels about climate change to read now, 9 books about dance that will change how you see the art form, At this D.C. jail, a book club offers a safe space, “The House of Broken Angels” by Luis Urrea, “The Woman Warrior” by Maxine Hong Kingston, “Conversations With Friends” by Sally Rooney. — Magan Crane, senior editor, digital politics. The world is vivid, the plots are captivating and the artwork is gorgeous. The following is a list of programs currently or formerly distributed through the American PBS stations and other public television entities. The most delightful part of the book is its richness. This work of historical fiction weaves together real events and people, with a half dozen main fictional characters, including a cynical journalist and young woman, trying to navigate the city and their inner lives. But, as the year draws to a close, if you want more recommendations for your own groaning bookshelves, my colleagues and I suggest adding these 29 books to your reading list, starting with three novels that stood out for me this year. Learn more about Friends of the NewsHour. I am a reader. And finally, two books from the past that I read for the first time this year …. The book was voted number one after PBS’ The Great American Read process was finalised yesterday. — Marie Cusick, Student Reporting Labs Youth Media producer. Yes, we know how the events of Sept. 11, 2001, tragically unfolded, but the detailed experiences of individuals in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania (and elsewhere around the country) aren’t remembered as clearly. COUNTRY MUSIC is a uniquely American art form that has deep roots in ballads, blues and hymns that evolved from small rural and mountain settings in the South and West during the 20th century. Speaking of which, mark your calendars for the next Facebook Live with author/illustrator Vashti Harrison . Killers of the Flower Moon book. It has been a way for us to show him how the religion and tradition that he is being raised in can be relatable, and something he sees regularly. In “Norse Mythology,” the few surviving stories we have of the Viking gods feel alive and cohesive, which is no easy task. I may have been too critical of government as a way to teach students, well, critical-thinking. — Alison Thoet, associate producer/national affairs. I had read several of his books but missed the greatest: “A Tale of Love and Darkness.” It is a memoir, I guess, but for some reason is most often found in the fiction section. To vote on existing books from the list, beside each book there is a link vote for this book clicking it will add that book to your votes. This book is one that we have been reading to our son, Kareem, since he was born. On the latter, the book is horrifying. Salinger. She was recruited at 22 — one of the youngest female officers — after the agency heard about an algorithm she designed looking at “the ratio of hookah bars to madrassas and percentage beneath livable wage a border guard gets paid” in order to identify likely terrorist safe havens. Yes and yes. It is the most thorough, understanding, accurate and good-hearted explanation of the history and present reality of the study of autism and autistic people I’ve ever seen. It also helps that one of the main characters in this book — aside from Curious George — is named Kareem. Jeffrey Brown Get your order fast and stress free with free curbside pickup. It’s been more than two months since I read “The Only Plane In The Sky,” and yet I still find myself regularly thinking about Graff’s book. Find out which great books are a part of this list. Giridharadas’ book explores the role philanthropy plays in our world and whether well-meaning, uber-wealthy changemakers — each with their own multi-million dollar initiatives — can do a better job fixing society than the government. Read 114 594 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Last year, they wrote an op-ed in The New York Times that set to calm an uneasy republic by exposing the “quiet resistance” inside the White House that has allegedly thwarted President Donald Trump’s worst tendencies. Only flag lists that clearly need our attention. “PBS Books Storytime” is a resource developed by the PBS Books channel to offer author read-aloud stories and book features for educators, libraries and families. © 1996 - 2021 NewsHour Productions LLC. It made me appreciate just how quickly our worlds can change if we’re not paying attention. Hunger by Roxane Gay. — Tori Partridge, producer, digital video politics. A fast-paced thriller about a young man whose discovery upon his father’s death of his... ‘American Spy’ by Lauren Wilkinson. Refresh and try again. Her passion to join the clandestine world was also borne out of a personal tragedy related to 9/11, and she launched a career that included eight years traveling the world posing as an art dealer while recruiting arms dealers as assets. They include that of a fireman in the World Trade Center lobby who acknowledged with his fellow firefighters that they may not survive the day, shook hands and went to work anyway. I couldn’t put it down, and even if sometimes it felt like a history lesson, it felt like a lesson I needed to hear. To Kill A Mockingbird has been voted America’s number one book. arrow. His poetry comes from a deep reading of literature – among other things, he is a renowned translator of Vietnamese poetry — and a willingness to go out into the world to see things for himself. Tell-all book by Trump niece will be released sooner than previously planned. It resonated with me because of how well it had been researched, as well as the graphic novel’s dialogue and drawing. amino acid formula with fat, carbohydrate, vitamins, minerals and trace elements without phenylalanine and tyrosine, and supplemented with docosahexaenoic acid PBS Books compiled a list of books to read with your children to better understand the history of genes and DNA. As part of the series, they have chosen a list of 100 books based on public polling. Flagging a list will send it to the Goodreads Customer Care team for review. (eg. This list is just a starting point. So I reread a book or look for something I’d missed – a kind of homage, a way of acknowledging what’s lost and what endures. But the remedy is to hear more from more women, and the (seemingly) seamless liberation of their hidden feelings onto the page feels like a feat of narrative journalism. Now Read This ‘Helping Children Succeed’ by Paul Tough. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1), The Handmaid's Tale (The Handmaid's Tale, #1), The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia, #1-7), Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables, #1), A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1), Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, #1), The Pillars of the Earth (Kingsbridge, #1), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1), The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, #1), Tales of the City (Tales of the City, #1), The Great American Read - What They Missed. The Catcher in the Rye J.D. As the year draws to a close, PBS NewsHour staff members suggest some of the books that made them slow down and enjoy reading this year. We will not remove any content for bad language alone, READ MORE: Loved ‘The Overstory’? Something may be about to happen. pornography, pro-Nazi, child abuse, etc). Yes, life. — Courtney Norris, reporter-producer, national affairs. Catch-22 (Catch-22, #1) Joseph Heller. We hope your children (ages 0-12) will enjoy learning about some trailblazing women, who have made a difference throughout the world, but especially in the US. What seems most prescient to me in these ever-more partisan times is how similar the events and attitudes Lutes records are to what we see in the news every day in 2019. The book centers autistic people and their accomplishments, rather than sidelining them to concentrate on their disabilities or their parents. It answered questions for me about my own brain, my family members, students I’ve taught, teachers I’ve had, and generally many of my favorite people. Read and find out. I am not a critic, and I’m not telling you these are the “best.” I am a reporter who happens to love reading, eager to find out more and pass on what I learn. “Drive Your Plow …” (quite a title) is about an aging woman who has retreated to a remote part of Poland. And can Barry write? books NPR’s Book Concierge. It was good to join along, above ground. Crichton’s portrayal of the promise and peril of genetic technology is also surprisingly prescient in light of discussions about modern-day advances like gene editing with CRISPR. The Great American Read final results. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Popular Books. Below is the full list of books based on their ranking after the voting process. (Our bookshelves groan.) And, of course, that is part of the reason that her story of a peripatetic young scholar (Oxford and Georgetown) made her an unlikely and very successful spy. PBS Books: Book lists in every category and the latest literary news. — Paul Solman, business and economics correspondent. Below is a selected list of books written or suggested by some of NOW's past guests. But where there was a governess in James’ novel, there is a modern nanny in Ware’s take. In small ways: I travel a lot, seek out independent bookstores and buy a book, even if I’m not going to read it right away. He could not get enough. Photo by Getty Images. A college friend and I have a secret pact: If one of us sees the film adaptation of “Jurassic Park” on television, we immediately inform the other and watch it. Like my colleagues, I am a news junkie dwelling in the froth of the daily headlines. America’s Best-Loved Novel will be chosen by viewers like you based on The Great American Read top 100 books list. And Graff does that with incredible tact and dignity. Great Expectations Charles Dickens. #1 To Kill a Mockingbird #2 Outlander (Series) It doesn’t matter. Around her, animals are dying. Crichton “spares no expense” when it comes to prehistoric details and the descriptions of a genetic innovation run amok. Jeffrey Brown is the chief correspondent for arts, culture and society at PBS NewsHour. It is a true coming-of-age story, as the protagonist has to find his way in the world while learning who he is. Oz was as gracious as could be. Told from the vantage point of two boys from the Ida B. Harry Potter's life is miserable. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll. I’m traveling somewhere for the NewsHour and I seek out writers and books from that country or region. Despite the heavy topic, this book was an easy read. And then there is what feels like a bigger way to be an advocate: through the interviews and author profiles at the PBS NewsHour and through our “Now Read This” book club. You think you know something of the world? Deacon King Kong: A Novel by James McBride. In this mystery, you’re wondering, “Why would you go into that creepy room?” as often as you’re asking “Why are you making such a bad life choice right now?” Ware has been touted as the Agatha Christie of our time and, even knowing where the plot may go, I was still on my toes reading this update. Bring ‘em on, please. 30. She engaged, just as she does on the page. Explore our list of PBS NewsHour-New York Times Now Read This Book Club Books at Barnes & Noble®. James Carse’s thesis is simple: Human activity can be split between the two kinds of games, finite and infinite. I met Amaryllis Fox this summer– as she was beginning to talk about her memoir, “Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA” — and was struck by how my own biases presented themselves. 29. — Victoria Pasquantonio, education producer. If you’re interested in how ISIS became ISIS and the story behind the rise and fall of the caliphate, this book is a must-read. I had to close the book a few times to take a breath as they squeezed through spaces far too tight for this claustrophobic reader. Arcing the chasm between sociology and self-help, Carse — a religious scholar — plots a secular, warm and surprising map for why people do what they do, and how we derive meaning from action. Thank you. I had read a number of her books over the years but somehow missed “Song of Solomon.” Read it. Haidt, a social psychologist who researches the foundations of human morality, argues that, although we all like to think of ourselves as making rational, logical decisions, the human mind is more like a rider on top of an elephant. If you didn’t follow along with the the PBS NewsHour-New York Times book club Now Read This in 2019, here are 12 more suggestions to add to your list. Next year marks the 30th anniversary of the book, so there’s no better time to consume it. — Anne Davenport, senior coordinating producer, CANVAS/Arts and Culture. These real lives don’t have perfect, explosive endings, and I found myself wishing for more diverse stories of women’s desire. Welcome to PBS Books Storytime! Suketu Mehta adds an important document to the national conversation on immigration. The book is well illustrated, and has a great message, which are always the trappings of a great children’s book. Many things have happened. Rooney also writes about sex and intimacy really well, which makes her books even easier to devour. Two children and a house? I had a lot of personal difficulties; I also planned my wedding. And she laughed a lot. And at a breezy 150 pages, it’s far more economical than that other famous book with “infinite” in the title. — Marcus Markle, communications manager for Student Reporting Labs. I also have personal interests in technology and censorship, and its potential danger when misused. As time goes on, it’s important to the nation’s collective memory that we’re reminded what individual Americans experienced on 9/11. A book’s total score is based on multiple factors, including the number of I confess to keeping my son up more than once because we could not put it down. or extremely offensive content His reporting from visits to the southern border of the U.S. and the Mediterranean, and his dive into historical facts, inform this pointed take on who is responsible for a world on the move. By way of preface, my life in the news business often influences my life as a reader. I cherish my time alone with a book, and there is never a time when I am not reading something. It is also a novel of ideas and identity. Subscribe to ‘Here's the Deal,’ our politics newsletter. I spent the year looking to media to escape, and escapism doesn’t get much better than “Lone Wolf and Cub.” Set in Edo-era feudal Japan, “Lone Wolf and Cub” surrounds Ogami Ittō, the Shōgun’s executioner who is framed for murder and is forced to walk the path of assassin for hire with his infant son. Aided by an NPR reporter, these boys take on the mantle of journalism and report back on their day-to-day lives in an America that many would barely recognize or imagine. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone book. We take abuse seriously in our book lists. What strategies can the rational self employ to keep the destructive ones at bay? The premise of Ainslie’s book is that each of us is a multiplicity of “selves” that compete with one another for control — like the alcoholic’s rational self, taking medication in the morning to induce vomiting, when the alcoholic self can’t resist a drink in the afternoon. As a reporter who was there from the start of the Arab Spring in 2011, Giglio’s first-person accounts are harrowing, fascinating, and critical to understanding how a terrorist group can evolve at the speed and ferocity that the Islamic State militant group did. — Hari Sreenivasan, PBS NewsHour Weekend anchor. Their story is captivating — at times devastating — and the book is full of pointed observations about class, sex and society. This book changed the way I think about myself, as well as the people with whom I disagree. “This is not what CIA spies usually look like,” I thought. 2019 has been a stressful year for me. I was skeptical about the author remaining private — as many of you probably are — until I read why: “Removing my identity from the equation deprives him of an opportunity to create a distraction. A reader truly feels stalked by a large predator — though the most terrifying dinosaurs in the book are not the ones focused on in the movie. Which self wins? Brown’s is a tough and tender voice. Not newly written this year, but newly available in English. Contents 1 Current programming You’ll spend time on the front lines of the street battles in Iraq, plenty of time on the border of Turkey and Syria, and always inside the murky space between the orderly world we know and the dystopian reality that ISIS built. When? I met the Israeli novelist just once, on what happened to … These were brief encounters but – in my memory — they were not rushed. I believe this year is the perfect time to think about it. While they fall in love early on, their relationship is full of ups and downs as both pursue different paths into adulthood, growing apart at times but always staying in each other’s orbit. Explore our list of 2020 PBS NewsHour-New York Times Now Read This Book Club Selections Books at Barnes & Noble®. 31. Poetry that engages history and today’s front page, in lyrical language that moves quietly and then lands with a punch. No, it’s real life, a choice of how to live that is just as real (for me) and tells me as much (in its way) as the news reports we produce every day. A great writer dies, I prepare an obituary and am reminded of someone and something I want to be connected to. Goodness, can the Irish talk? Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. And if you ever get the opportunity to hear him read his work aloud, as I did recently at the Miami Book Fair, take it. Before her novel “Flights,” the Polish writer was little known in the U.S. Now she’s won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature and more of her books are being translated and released here. If you watched any of the Marvel movies featuring Thor and wanted to know more about the myth behind the modern take on the God of Thunder, this is the book for you. But I’m also drawn to the slow act of reading, and I favor fiction. 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