In the Shadow of the Banyan

Seven-year-old Raami's family members are minor Cambodian royalty who find themselves fleeing Phnom Penh as the brutal Khmer Rouge take the city. Her story -- based largely on novelist Vaddey Ratner's own experiences -- is a devastating epic of love, suffering, and survival during a historic tragedy.  (And don't miss this revealing interview about the author's childhood and how she came to write the novel).

July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

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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