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Read: Louise Erdrich's LaRose ... Paul Tough's Helping Children Succeed ... Justin Cronin's The City of Mirrors ... Sebastian Junger's Tribe ... Joe Hill's The Fireman ... Sherman Alexie's Thunder Boy Jr. ... Listen: The Monkees ... Tom Petty, Mudcrutch ... Jennifer Nettles ... PUP ... Watch: War & Peace ... Mr. Selfridge ... Call the Midwife ... Cousin Bette ... Father's Day Gift Ideas and more.


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LaRose: A Novel
By Louise Erdrich

After accidentally killing his best friend's 5-year-old son while hunting, Landreaux Iron gives his own young son to his friend's family according to ancient tradition, a decision that helps both families reach a tenuous peace that is threatened by a vengeful adversary.

The Thread:
Louise Erdrich on writing: "Getting older makes you cut to the chase"

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Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why
By Paul Tough

Paul Tough, the New York Times best-selling author of How Children Succeed, helped popularize the idea that one of the most important ways children succeed in life is by mastering certain character traits like perseverance, self-control and conscientiousness. His new book is about how to teach these qualities to children.

All Things Considered:
Teaching the Intangibles: How to Ingrain "Grit" in Students

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The City of Mirrors: A Novel
By Justin Cronin

The conclusion to the epic adventure set in an apocalyptic America finds the colony confronting a terrifying threat in the aftermath of the destruction of the Twelve, a situation that forces Amy and her companions to confront their destinies.

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City of Mirrors Brings the Passage Trilogy to an Epic End

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Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging
By Sebastian Junger

Combining history, psychology and anthropology, Tribe explores what we can learn from tribal societies about loyalty, belonging and the eternal human quest for meaning.

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Sebastian Junger Examines Veteran Life After Leaving Tribe

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The Fireman: A Novel
By Joe Hill

When a bizarre virulent plague breaks out throughout the world’s major cities, causing victims to spontaneously combust, a dedicated nurse resolves to survive until her baby is born and receives protection from a mysterious infected man who uses his fire symptoms to help others.

Weekend Edition:
Joe Hill on Fireman, Family and … Fart Cookies?

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Thunder Boy Jr.
By Sherman Alexie

Thunder Boy Jr. is named after his dad, but he wants a name that's all his own. Just because people call his dad Big Thunder doesn't mean he wants to be Little Thunder. He wants a name that celebrates something cool he's done.

National Book Award winner Sherman Alexie's lyrical text and Caldecott Honor winner Yuyi Morales's striking and beautiful illustrations celebrate the special relationship between father and son.

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Sherman Alexie on His New Kids' Book and the Angst of Being a "Jr."

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Good Times!
By The Monkees

The highly anticipated new album Good Times! by The Monkees is the band's first new album in 20 years and tied to their 50th anniversary and extensive North American tour.

The album finds all three surviving band members (Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork) taking turns on lead vocals, playing a wide range of instruments and sharing new compositions.

Much like The Monkees' early albums, Good Times! features tracks written specifically for the band by some of the music world's most gifted songwriters, including Rivers Cuomo of Weezer ("She Makes Me Laugh"), Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie ("Me & Magdalena"), Andy Partridge of XTC ("You Bring The Summer"), as well as a song co-written by Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller ("Birth Of An Accidental Hipster").

All Things Considered:
Hey, Hey, It's 50 Years of The Monkees!

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By Tom Petty, Mudcrutch

From 1970 to '75, Mudcrutch tried its best to make it big, even going so far as to relocate to Los Angeles. There, Tom Petty was urged to go solo, which he did in 1976, taking two Mudcrutch members (guitarist Mike Campbell and keyboardist Benmont Tench) along with him. The new band picked a more pleasing name, The Heartbreakers, and the rest is history. Mudcrutch faded to a footnote. That is, until 2008, when the reformed Mudcrutch released its self-titled, long-overdue debut album — a rollicking, rough-hewn batch of Southern-rock nuggets that became a surprise hit.

The band's new album, 2, has a title as utilitarian as its music. As with Mudcrutch, there's nothing flashy or extraneous here — just down-home, steady-as-she-goes rock songs with hints of swampy twang and folksy grit.

NPR:
Review: Mudcrutch, 2

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Playing With Fire
By Jennifer Nettles

Country superstar Jennifer Nettles has won five ASCAP awards for her songwriting abilities and received a Grammy Award, ACM Award and CMA Award for penning the emotionally charged platinum hit, “Stay.” Leading with her powerhouse vocals and vivacious energy, Jennifer Nettles has performed with some of the industry’s most iconic figures, including Beyoncé, Bon Jovi, Idina Menzel, John Legend, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and more.

Playing with Fire is her second studio album and her first album with Big Machine after parting ways with Mercury Nashville. Nettles describes the album as "marrying traditional country styles with with newer ones."

NPR:
Review: Jennifer Nettles, Playing With Fire

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The Dream Is Over
By PUP

Dear Readers,

Hey, it's me, Scott! (The guy who puts these emails together.) I just wanted to drop in and say that I haven't been able to stop streaming PUP's The Dream Is Over from NPR this week. It's so good, it interrupted my nonstop listening of Chance's Coloring Book. PUP shreds through 10 songs in 30 minutes with their hybrid pop-punk sound and singalong gang vocals. Did I mention they also make great music videos? Do yourself a favor and listen to PUP this week.

NPR First Listen:
PUP, The Dream Is Over

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War & Peace

Adapted by leading screenwriter Andrew Davies, directed by Tom Harper and produced by BBC Wales and The Weinstein Company, War & Peace is a modern take on one of the most famous stories of all time. In 1805 when we first meet Pierre (Paul Dano), Natasha (Lily James) and Andrei (James Norton), they are all part of St. Petersburg's glittering elite, but are fired up with youthful ambition to find meaning in their lives. Kind-hearted but awkward Pierre, the illegitimate son of Russia's richest man, wants to change the world for the better. Handsome and gallant Andrei, frustrated with the superficiality of his life, seeks a purpose, while the beautiful and spirited Natasha is searching for true love. At the same time Napoleon's army edges ever closer to Russia’s borders. As everything they thought they knew is questioned, Pierre, Andrei and Natasha find themselves in a time when Russian society is about to change forever.

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Happy birthday to Bob Dylan! The singer-songwriter — born in Duluth, Minn., and raised in Hibbing, Minn., before moving to Minneapolis and eventually, the world — turned 75 yesterday. Here is a fun look at Bob Dylan's music that has been covered by A Prairie Home Companion guest performers.

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Even at 75, Bob Dylan keeps churning out some seriously great music. Here is his latest release, out just in time for his birthday and garnering some awesome reviews!


Fallen Angels is the 37th studio album from Bob Dylan. Featuring 12 classic American tunes written by some of music's most acclaimed and influential songwriters including Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Sammy Cahn and Carolyn Leigh, the album showcases Dylan's unique and much-lauded talents as a vocalist, arranger and bandleader. The Jack Frost-produced album marks the first new music from the artist since his 2015 release, Shadows in the Night, which also showcased Dylan's interpretations of classic American songs.

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