The Week's Best Stories From NPR BooksThis week: Matt de la Peña on his new picture book. The fearless cook who fed and funded civil rights activists. Plus poet Kaveh Akbar, Leila Slimani and a new feminist dystopia set in in Oregon.
A vintage postcard from the Peach Tree State. Georgia isn't the biggest producer of the pink-orange fruit. So why are its peaches so iconic? The answer has a lot to do with slavery — its end and a need for the South to rebrand itself.
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Bao Phi hopes his poetry book Thousand Star Hotel and his children's book A Different Pond can fill the hole in Asian-American literature that he saw when he was a kid.
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"I lost the first good novel I ever wrote to a computer disaster. It happened at a crucial time in my life, when I was still figuring out if I could even do this thing — become a writer."
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