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Is Rape a Crime?: A Memoir, an Investigation, and a Manifesto

by Michelle Bowdler

Framed by the story of Michelle Bowdler's uninvestigated rape and subsequent activism, Is Rape a Crime? criticizes the abhorrent trivialization of rape by the criminal justice system; it will move readers to demand change.

In 1984, two men broke into Michelle Bowdler's apartment and raped her repeatedly. The police considered her "lucky"--she could have been murdered, "a legitimate crime. But the crime [she] experienced was not." She completed a rape kit--a multi-hour exam for collecting evidence that could

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Veritas: A Harvard Professor, a Con Man and the Gospel of Jesus's Wife

by Ariel Sabar

If turning scraps of ancient papyrus into an enthralling true-crime escapade takes a miracle, consider Ariel Sabar a miracle worker. In September 2012, Harvard Divinity School professor Karen King shook the foundations of the Christian church when she announced in Rome the discovery of what she called "The Gospel of Jesus's Wife." Sabar, who had been following the story first for Smithsonian and then for the Atlantic, was the only journalist in the room for the presentation.

The discovery had

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by Francisco X. Stork

"For all its flaws," Sara and Emiliano believe, "the United States justice system was as good as it gets on this here earth." But after barely surviving their journey across the border, the siblings aren't sure the U.S. will provide the safe haven they so desperately need in Illegal, the second installment in Francisco X. Stork's compelling young adult series that began with Disappeared.

While investigating the disappearances of young women in her hometown of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, reporter Sara Zapata

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The Truth Hurts

by Rebecca Reid

A whirlwind courtship and marriage sets up taut suspense as a couple must deal with the fallout from an agreement never to discuss their pasts.

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A Star Is Bored

by Byron Lane

While working for a famous actress, her personal assistant finds his own path in life with sparkling if bittersweet results.

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Deal with the Devil

by Kit Rocha

An idealistic mercenary trying to build a public library in post-apocalypse Atlanta falls for a super-soldier who must betray her or watch his men die.

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IDW: In Memoriam - John Lewis, Congressman, Icon, Beloved Author

Media Heat

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Fresh Air: Peniel E. Joseph, author of The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. (Basic Books, $30, 9781541617865).

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Fresh Air: Stuart Stevens, author of It Was All a Lie: How the Republican Party Became Donald Trump (Knopf, $26.95, 9780525658450).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Yiyun Li, author of Must I Go: A Novel (Random House, $28, 9780399589126).

Monday, August 10, 2020

Today Show: Carolyn Durand, co-author of Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family (Dey Street, $27.99, 9780063046108).

Thursday, August 6, 2020

KCRW's Bookworm: Elizabeth Wetmore, author of Valentine: A Novel (Harper, $26.99, 9780062913265).

Monday, August 3, 2020

Fresh Air: Margaret Sullivan, author of Ghosting the News: Local Journalism and the Crisis of American Democracy (Columbia Global Reports, $15.99, 9781733623780).
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