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Nicole Krauss and the Meaning of Men

BY MEGAN LABRISE • December 15, 2020

Nicole Krauss’ short stories explore how intimacy is created, broken, and betrayed.

On this week’s episode, sponsored by Amazon Original Stories, Nicole Krauss discusses To Be a Man (Harper, Nov. 3), a short story collection contemplating the relationships between men and women, and what it means to see one’s self, or another, in an entirely new light.

Kirkus: “The latest collection of stories from Krauss is a wonder, with the author’s signature straddling of the tragic and the absurd, her particularly Jewish frame of reference, and the extraordinary range of her narrative voice….A tremendous collection from an immensely talented writer” (starred review).

Krauss and host Megan Labrise discuss the pleasures and responsibilities of being a writer; the timeliness of “Future Emergencies,” a story written in the aftermath of 9/11; the differences between stories set in Israel and stories set in the U.S.; her role as writer-in-residence at the Zuckerman Institute at Columbia University, and much more.

And in a sponsored interview, Labrise talks with Pat and Frankie Vegas about Redbone: The True Story of a Native American Rock Band (IDW Publishing), a graphic biography for young readers written by Christian Staebler and Sonia Paoloni, illustrated by Thibault Balahy. “Well-researched and well-paced, this book will introduce a new generation to the music and impact of Redbone….Musicians with heart put their people before profits in an inspirational tale” (starred review).

Then editors Vicky Smith, Eric Liebetrau, Laurie Muchnick, and editorial assistant Joanna Zwirner join with their gift book recommendations for the week.

 

Editors’ picks:

The House of Madame M. by Clotilde Perrin, trans. by Daniel Hahn (Gecko Press)

The Best of Me by David Sedaris (Little, Brown)

Deacon King Kong by James McBride (Riverhead)

The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans (Riverhead)

 

Fully Booked is produced by Cabel Adkins Audio and Megan Labrise.

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