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'The Undefeated' Wins Caldecott Medal, While 'New Kid' Picks Up Newbery

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Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson's book won the Caldecott, the top prize for picture books, and Jerry Craft's novel won the Newbery for kids' books.

'A Long Petal Of The Sea' Finds Love In A Time Of Chaos

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Isabel Allende's new novel follows two refugees from the Spanish Civil War, whose mock marriage as they flee to Chile gradually deepens into real love, set against a backdrop of war and upheaval.

'This Isn't New': Questions For Tochi Onyebuchi, Author Of 'Riot Baby'

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Tochi Onyebuchi's slim, devastating novella follows a young man born amidst the chaos of the 1992 Rodney King riots — and his sister, whose terrifying magical powers can't protect him from racism.

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'First, Last And Always, I Am A Fan': Michael Chabon Steers Latest 'Star Trek'

The Pulitzer prize-winning author says he never had the "chutzpah" to dream of writing for Star Trek. But now, he's showrunner and executive producer on Star Trek: Picard on CBS All Access.

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In 'Sexual Citizens,' Students Open Up About Sex, Power And Assault On Campus

Profs. Jennifer Hirsch and Shamus Kahn asked more than 150 undergrads about their sex lives — what they wanted out of sex, how troubling encounters unfolded, and misunderstandings led to assault.

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In True Tale 'The Third Rainbow Girl,' Townspeople Accuse Each Other Of Murder

Emma Copley Eisenberg's book offers a deep-dive into rural Appalachia — and digs into questions of how deeply misogyny and bias can run inside a community — as she tracks an unsolved double murder.

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The New York Public Library Has Calculated Its Most Checked-Out Books Of All Time

"The books on this list have transcended generations and, much like the Library itself, are as relevant today as they were when they first arrived," said the library's president.

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A Tale Of Revenge, Magic And Nuance, All 'Woven In Moonlight'

Isabel Ibañez's debut novel blends fiber art magic and Bolivian-inspired fantasy, for a story that seems at first to be about revenge — but blossoms into something more complex and surprising.

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'Why We Can't Sleep' Documents The Unique Pressures On Gen X Women

Ada Calhoun talked to a lot of Gen X women about the angst they feel as they approach midlife — the pressure to have it all and the feeling that they should have done better for themselves.

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There's Heart Amidst The Ruins Of 'The Heap'

Sean Adams' debut novel is set in the collapsed remains of a gargantuan, 500-story building somewhere in the American desert, once an entire metropolis and now surrounded by scavenger camps.

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50 Wonderful Things From 2019

From J. Lo to Keanu, baseball GIFs to Phoebe Waller-Bridge's masterpiece, here are 50 great cultural moments — from TV, movies, theater, books, podcasts and more — from the year that was.

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'Harry Potter And The Cursed Child' Makes Its Magic The Old-Fashioned Way

The creators of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child designed their show so it wouldn't look like the world Potterheads knew from the movies. They've documented that process in a new book, The Journey.

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Which March Sister Are You? The Latest 'Little Women' Makes It Hard To Decide

Producer Amy Pascal says Greta Gerwig's new film adaptation does "a beautiful job of making all of these girls as complicated as Louisa May Alcott wanted them to be."