Now Read This


Join us each month as we choose a book, discuss it here and take your questions for the author.

Chapter 8

'What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky' by Lesley Nneka Arimah

“What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky” is a debut short story collection from Nneka Arimah that ranges from realism to folk tale to sci-fi, telling tales of family and home. It won the 2017 Kirkus Prize and New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award.

What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky
Chapter 7

'Pachinko' by Min Jin Lee

"Pachinko" is an epic family saga and historical novel about ethnic Koreans who migrate to Japan. It was a National Book Award finalist for fiction, and the New York Times named it one of the 10 best books of the year.


July 30

An easy recipe recipe for Stuffed Cucumber Kimchi (Oi-Soh-Bahgi)

Kimchi, a dish made from fermented vegetables, is a staple food in Korean cuisine and in Lee’s family. PBS NewsHour visited Lee and her mother in their home in Harlem, New York, to learn how to make their family recipe for stuffed cucumber kimchi, or “oi-soh-bahgi.”

Chapter 6

'Less' by Andrew Sean Greer

'Less' is a laugh-out-loud comedic novel about a failed writer named Arthur Less — referred to throughout the book only as “Less” — who sets out on a round-the-world trip to avoid attending his ex-boyfriend’s wedding.

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June 21

Try your hand at writing exercises from the novel 'Less'

In Andrew Sean Greer's comic novel “Less," protagonist Arthur Less works a stint as an English teacher in Germany, where he assigns his students absurd writing exercises. Try your hand at these, and they may be featured on our book club Facebook page.

June 15

Andrew Sean Greer annotates a page of his novel ‘Less’

Greer annotates a page of “Less” that hinges on the narrator’s identity (spoiler alert) and the book’s central heartbreak. In his annotations, Greer also talks about how he established the novel’s unique voice and humor, and why he sometimes tries to disorient the reader.

Chapter 5

'Educated' by Tara Westover

'Educated' is a memoir of growing up in remote Idaho in a survivalist family who did not believe in formalized education, and how Westover ultimately made her way to Harvard and Cambridge.

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May 7

In education, you can choose to remake yourself — or be made by others

Because Tara Westover had never been allowed to go to school, the only history she had learned was the history her father taught her. "His perspective was my perspective," she says, and his fears became her fears. But when she discovered education -- different from school -- she began to construct her own mind from a diversity of ideas. Westover shares her humble opinion on remaking yourself.

Chapter 4

'The Death and Life of the Great Lakes' by Dan Egan

Dan Egan's 'The Death and Life of the Great Lakes,' an epic and wonderfully told story of history, science and reportage, tells the story of the largest source of freshwater in the world, and the threats to America's waterways.

The Death and Life of the Great Lakes
Chapter 3

'Exit West' by Mohsin Hamid

Mohsin Hamid’s novel "Exit West," which blends the real and surreal, follows two people on the move from a country on the brink of civil war.

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March 5

Discussion questions for 'Exit West'

Mohsin Hamid's novel "Exit West," which follows two lovers on the move from a country on the brink of civil war, is our March pick for the new PBS NewsHour-New York Times book club, "Now Read This."

March 16

Magical novel 'Exit West' explores what makes refugees leave home

In 'Exit West,' a city in the Muslim world is plunged into violence and two lovers join the mass migration of our time. Mohsin Hamid's story about refugees is a novel, not journalism, but it combines the surreal with the very real. Hamid sits down with Jeffrey Brown to discuss what inspired him and why he says he’s seeing a "failure of imagination" around the world.

March 30

'Exit West' author Mohsin Hamid answers your questions

Mohsin Hamid says he has been migrating his whole life, his own experience playing a part of the inspiration for his newest novel. Hamid, author of our March pick for the NewsHour-New York Times book club Now Read This, joins Jeffrey Brown to answer questions from readers, plus, Jeff announces April's book.

Chapter 2

'Killers of the Flower Moon' by David Grann

The true crime tale, set in the 1920s, is about the mysterious murders of wealthy members of the Osage Indian nation after oil was discovered on their land. It was nominated for this year's National Book Award for nonfiction.

February 27

David Grann
'Killers of the Flower Moon' author David Grann answers your questions

As part of the NewsHour and New York Times book club, Now Read This, author David Grann answers your questions about "Killers of the Flower Moon,"" his true crime book on the 20th century Osage murders. And Jeffrey Brown announces the March pick, a book that takes a surreal look at modern migration.

Chapter 1

Our first pick: 'Sing, Unburied, Sing' by Jesmyn Ward

The novel, set in contemporary Mississippi, is about family, ghosts, and the legacies of violence and love. It won this year's National Book Award for fiction.

Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward

Feb 15

Inside Mississippi’s notorious Parchman prison

Mississippi State Prison in Parchman, Mississippi, has a long history as a penitentiary. And it features as a haunted setting in Jesmyn Ward’s National Award-winning 2017 novel “Sing, Unburied, Sing.”