Take This Man

French author Alice Zeniter is no late bloomer, publishing her first novel at age 16. Now 22, she brings us the story of Alice and Mad, two childhood friends of different backgrounds (she is white and French; he is neither) preparing to marry in order to prevent one of them from being deported. A revealing take on race and youthful rebellion, loyalty and personal growth from a lively new voice in contemporary French fiction.

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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