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The Return
hishammatar windowWriter Hisham Matar gained international recognition with his debut novel, In the Country of Men, which uses the perspective of a nine-year-old boy to show life in Libya following the 1969 revolution. Under dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Libya entered an oppressive, terrifying regime, which banished and murdered critics and committed brutal war crimes, leaving the country in a quiet state of terror. Matar has first-hand knowledge of these troubled times as a native Libyan who spent the first six years of his life in Tripoli. During these years, his father Jaballa bravely carried on illegal activities as a political dissident against the Gaddafi regime.
An Interview with Terry Tempest Williams
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Equal parts memoir, natural history and ecology manifesto, Terry Tempest Williams' book The Hour of Land honors the centennial our national parks by exploring why the protected, wild lands matter to the soul of America. In this interview, the ever-gracious Williams describes her favorite national park and defines the elusive “hour of land” for the nation.
    Longitude. At the beginning of 
Hopewell Culture National Historical Park
USA591Kindly contributed by award-winning writer Heather Hansen. To celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service, Hansen relates its wonderful 100-year history in her new book Prophets and Moguls, Rangers and Rogues, Bison and Bears: 100 Years of National Park Service. She interviewed dozens of people and traveled to many of the country's great parks, telling how the US bureau has fought to protect the country's most scenic places and defined the American national identity.
  Hopewell Culture National Historical Park (NHP) is a place few people encounter by accident.
The National Parks Centennial
USA584August marks the centennial celebration of America’s national parks. “What is the relevance of our national parks in the twenty-first century?” award-winning author Terry Tempest Williams wonders in her insightful new collection of essays,
The Naturalist
There are myriad ways that a president can leave a legacy. Darrin Lunde’s new biography The Naturalist: Theodore Roosevelt and the Rise of American Natural History examines the life, legacy and political career of Theodore Roosevelt through the prism of his fascination with nature and valiant efforts to preserve wildlife for future generations. As Supervisory Museum Specialist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, Lunde is especially interested in Roosevelt’s study of the natural world, which began at a surprisingly young age.
What to Read in Rio
SPT21Speculation, debate and excitement have built all summer leading up to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Read up on the history, current events and culture of the controversial host country with our selection of books on Brazil. We've thrown a guidebook and map in as well for those adventuresome sports fans who may be on their way to the grandstand. The Games: A Global History of the Olympics. In this history, acclaimed sports writer David Goldblatt explores the world's greatest sporting event.