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The Takeaway is a national afternoon news program that delivers the news and analysis you need to catch up on your day and prepare for what's ahead. Host John Hockenberry, along with the The New York Times and WGBH Boston, invites listeners every afternoon to learn more and be part of the American conversation.

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  • Wednesday, August 20, 2014 12:00am

    "Friendship" is the new novel from author Emily Gould. This book has been selected as the sixth work to be featured in The Takeaway's book club. Below you'll find a description of the book provided by the publisher, Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

    "Bev Tunney and Amy Schein have been best friends for years; now, at thirty, they’re at a crossroads. Bev is a Midwestern striver still mourning a years-old romantic catastrophe. Amy is an East Coast princess whose luck and charm have too long allowed her to cruise through life.

    "Bev is stuck in circumstances that would have barely passed for bohemian in her mid-twenties: temping, living with roommates, drowning in student-loan debt. Amy is still riding the tailwinds of her early success, but her habit of burning bridges is finally catching up to her. And now Bev is pregnant.

    "As Bev and Amy are dragged, kicking and screaming, into real adulthood, they have to face the possibility that growing up might mean growing apart.

    "'Friendship,' Emily Gould’s debut novel, traces the evolution of a friendship with humor and wry sympathy. Gould examines the relationship between two women who want to help each other but sometimes can’t help themselves; who want to make good decisions but sometimes fall prey to their own worst impulses; whose generous intentions are sometimes overwhelmed by petty concerns.

    "This is a novel about the way we speak and live today; about the ways we disappoint and betray one another. At once a meditation on the modern meaning of maturity and a timeless portrait of the underexamined bond that exists between friends, this exacting and truthful novel is a revelation."

    -Farrar, Straus and Giroux

  • Wednesday, August 6, 2014 12:00am

    "The Book of Unknown Americans" is the latest novel from author Cristina Henriquez. This book has been selected as the fifth work to be featured in The Takeaway's book club. Below you will find a description of the book provided by the publisher, Random House.

    "A boy and a girl who fall in love. Two families whose hopes collide with destiny. An extraordinary novel that offers a resonant new definition of what it means to be American.

    "Arturo and Alma Rivera have lived their whole lives in Mexico. One day, their beautiful fifteen-year-old daughter, Maribel, sustains a terrible injury, one that casts doubt on whether she’ll ever be the same. And so, leaving all they have behind, the Riveras come to America with a single dream: that in this country of great opportunity and resources, Maribel can get better.

    "When Mayor Toro, whose family is from Panama, sees Maribel in a Dollar Tree store, it is love at first sight. It’s also the beginning of a friendship between the Rivera and Toro families, whose web of guilt and love and responsibility is at this novel’s core.

    "Woven into their stories are the testimonials of men and women who have come to the United States from all over Latin America. Their journeys and their voices will inspire you, surprise you, and break your heart.

    "Suspenseful, wry and immediate, rich in spirit and humanity, The Book of Unknown Americans is a work of rare force and originality."

    -Random House

  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014 12:00am

    "The Lobster King" is the latest novel from Alexi Zenter, author of "Touch." This book has been selected as the fourth work to be featured in The Takeaway's book club. Below you'll find a description of the book provided by the publisher, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

    "Set in a lobster fishing village, 'The Lobster Kings' introduces a fiery and unforgettable heroine, Cordelia Kings.

    "The Kings family has lived on Loosewood Island for three hundred years, blessed with the bounty of the sea. But for the Kings, this blessing comes with a curse: the loss of every firstborn son.

    "Now, Woody Kings, the leader of the island’s lobster fishing community and the family patriarch, teeters on the throne, and Cordelia, the oldest of Woody’s three daughters, stands to inherit the crown. To do so, however, she must defend her island from meth dealers from the mainland while navigating sibling rivalry and the vulnerable nature of her own heart when she falls in love with her sternman.

    "Inspired by King Lear, 'The Lobster Kings' is the story of Cordelia’s struggle to maintain her island’s way of life in the face of danger from offshore and the rich, looming, mythical legacy of her family’s namesake."

    -W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

  • Wednesday, July 16, 2014 12:00am

    From the author of the New York Times bestseller "Swamplandia!," and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, "Sleep Donation" is the new work by author Karen Russell about an insomnia epidemic set in the near future.

    This is the second work to be featured in The Takeaway's book club. Below you will find a description of the book by publisher Atavist Books.

    "A crisis has swept America. Millions have lost the ability to sleep. Enter the Slumber Corps, an organization that urges healthy dreamers to donate sleep to an insomniac. Trish Edgewater, whose sister was one of the first victims of the lethal insomnia, has spent the past seven years recruiting for the Corps.

    "Her faith in the organization and in her own motives begins to falter when she is confronted by 'Baby A,' the first universal sleep donor, and the mysterious 'Donor Y.' Sleep Donation explores a world suffering an insomnia epidemic, where even the act of making a gift is not as simple as it appears."

    -Atavist Books

  • Friday, July 11, 2014 2:55pm

    Rafer and Kristen grapple with serious questions about life and death as they review "Life Itself," "Boyhood," and "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes."

    "Life Itself" looks at the life and final days of the esteemed film critic Roger Ebert. Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" was shot over the course of twelve years, using all the same cast members, and tells the story of one family, and their son in particular. And "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" continues the story of humans versus nature which began in the 2011 film "Rise of the Planet of the Apes."

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