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Non-fiction Update: Nathan Thrall, Alexandra Robbins, and Claire Dederer

Photo credit: Thrall book: Metropolitan Books (l); Robbins book: Dutton (c); Dederer book: Knopf (r)
Photo credit: Thrall book: Metropolitan Books (l); Robbins book: Dutton (c); Dederer book: Knopf (r)

On this edition of The Weekly Reader, we review three new non-fiction takes on various aspects of the human condition and how we think about, and, perhaps more importantly, how we value and treat one another: A Day in the Life of Abed Salama, by Nathan Thrall, The Teachers, by Alexandra Robbins, and Monsters, by Claire Dederer.

All titles available at The Ivy Bookshop and other fine local retailers.

Longtime All Things Considered commentator (1991-2006) Marion Winik is the host of The Weekly Reader radio show and podcast. She reviews books for Newsday, People, Kirkus Review and other venues and is a board member of the National Book Critics Circle. She is the author of First Comes Love, The Glen Rock Book of the Dead and seven other books. Her Bohemian Rhapsody column at BaltimoreFishbowl.com has received the "Best Column" and "Best Humorist" awards from Baltimore Magazine, and her essays have been published in The New York Times Magazine, The Sun and many other publications. She is a professor in the MFA program at the University of Baltimore. She has appeared on Today, Politically Incorrect and Oprah. Other honors include an NEA Fellowship in Creative Nonfiction, and the yearly "Best Local Writer" Award from the Austin Chronicle from 1993 - 1997. More info at marionwinik.com.
Lisa Morgan covered the local arts community as co-creator and host of WYPR’s award-winning program The Signal from 2004 to 2015. She has created and produced many programs for WYPR, including news stories, features, commentaries, and audio documentaries. She taught audio production at Goucher College and has done voice-over work for a variety of clients. The Weekly Reader is her latest project.