Now Read This


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

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
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 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.

Killers of the Flower Moon

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 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