Granma Nineteen and the Soviet's Secret

When U.S.S.R forces arrive to build monuments on Angola's beaches, the locals (including Dr. KnockKnock, a ghost, and a pet alligator) rush to save their grandmothers' waterfront homes. Mononymous author Ondjaki delivers playful magical realism with delightful defiance.

July 25: On this day in 1834 Samuel Taylor Coleridge died of heart disease at the age of sixty-one.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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