Author: Nicholas E. Barron

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The summer reading season is in full swing, according to the Most Popular Books June 2017 list. Beach reads and books made into summer movies make an appearance on the list. For example, “Captain Underpants” is at third on the list. An animated movie, perfect popcorn summer fare, debuted on June 2. And that ultimate summer read,…

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Charlotte S. Gray, the author of “Fatima’s Room” (June 2017, Arc Light Books), was in Sudan teaching girls from 1991-1993. This was a period in that country’s history leading up to civil war. Sudanese optimism of post-colonial rule was giving way to religious extremism. And it’s a setting that inspired “Fatima’s Room,” Gray’s first work of…

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Image of a quote from the Evicted book reading, "Today, over 1 in 5 of all renting families in the country spends half of its income on housing." Image of a quote from the Evicted book reading, "Today, over 1 in 5 of all renting families in the country spends half of its income on housing."

The Evicted book by Matthew Desmond may be the most important nonfiction book written in years. And it’s the book I didn’t want to read. After all, there’s no shortage of sources documenting how bad things are for many people. I didn’t want to read a book about how housing costs have made it nearly impossible…

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A look at the Most Popular Books May 2017 list shows you deities had a big month. Neil Gaman’s “American Gods” shot up 16 spots and “The Bible” returned to its nearly perennial position atop the list. The first season of “American Gods” the TV show aired on April 30. As we see each month, TV…

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Cover of "Fatima's Room" by Charlotte S. Gray. Cover of "Fatima's Room" by Charlotte S. Gray.

“Fatima’s Room,” by Charlotte S. Gray, is about a Sudanese girl’s fight for her life. Set in Sudan, the book opens with Fatima being accused of killing her father. She’s held in a room inside her favorite uncle’s house while her family decides her fate. Enter to win a copy of “Fatima’s Room” by publishing the…

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Upton and the Army by Stephen E. Ambrose came to us before we met the Band of Brothers or learned about Undaunted Courage. Ambrose’s first book, Upton and the Army was published in 1963. This was before Watergate and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, assassination. And it was before the country knew it had in Ambrose…

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Not long into reading Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy you realize there’s something stuck in your teeth: grit. Yes, the grit and sand covering the land and characters of Blood Meridian are all over you, too. It’s on your tongue, in your pores, and coating your clothes. You don’t read Blood Meridian. You experience it, every…

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The Book Giveaway May 2017 happens this week! This month I’m giving away Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. All you need to do is subscribe to my newsletter by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, 2017, to be eligible. (Open only to U.S. residents.) Actually, there’s something else you have to do if you win. You have…

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Big news: The Bible is not first on the Most Popular Books April 2017 list. What book supplanted The Bible at number one? Jay Asher’s “Thirteen Reasons Why,” which jumped 15 spots on the list. This comes one month after first appearing on the list after the debut of the Netflix show based on the book. It’s…

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah is an immigrant story. But it may not be the immigrant story you expect. You could say immigrants are having a bit of a moment right now. Seemingly a week cannot pass without the President of the United States saying something about immigrants. And then there’s that whole wall thing. Of…

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