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Bookmarks are stories mined from our secret lives as readers. Stories of intimate relationships and life-changing encounters with books. Stories about the books we can’t forget. In this series from the producers behind “ To The Best Of Our Knowledge,” we ask writers and creators to share what they’ve read and how it shaped them. Learn more at ttbook.org/bookmarks

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Bookmarks are stories mined from our secret lives as readers. Stories of intimate relationships and life-changing encounters with books. Stories about the books we can’t forget. In this series from the producers behind “ To The Best Of Our Knowledge,” we ask writers and creators to share what they’ve read and how it shaped them. Learn more at ttbook.org/bookmarks

    Malcolm Gladwell on 'When Police Kill'

    Malcolm Gladwell on 'When Police Kill'

    Over the years, author, journalist and podcaster Malcolm Gladwell has written about some notorious cases of police brutality, including the deaths of Amadou Diallo, the African immigrant who was shot 41 times by New York police officers when he reached for his wallet to show them his ID, and Sandra Bland, the black woman who died in a jail cell after being arrested for a routine traffic violation. Gladwell is famous for mining behavioral science for his work — including his books "The Tipping Point" and "Outliers," and his podcast "Revisionist History" — and when it comes to understanding the intersection of crime, violence, and policing, he turns again and again to criminologist Frank Zimring.

    A law professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Zimring has had a long academic career examining policing, gun violence, crime rates, and the social factors that interact with each of them. In 2017, he published a book called "When Police Kill," one that Gladwell believes is especially important to read as the police killing of George Floyd sparks debates about defunding police departments.

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    When Police Kill

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    Interview: 'Why Do Police Do Traffic Stops?' Journalist Malcolm Gladwell On Rethinking Law Enforcement

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    Robert Macfarlane on 'The Living Mountain'

    Robert Macfarlane on 'The Living Mountain'

    Nature writer and adventurer Robert Macfarlane has given away one book more than any other volume. It's "The Living Mountain," by Scottish writer and poet Nan Shepherd.

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    "The Living Mountain"

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    Interview: Why We're Drawn To Darkness

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    Stanley Crouch on 'Reasons of State'

    Stanley Crouch on 'Reasons of State'

    For decades, Stanley Crouch has cut a singular path through American culture. Once an aspiring jazz musician and later a noted cultural critic, he was friends with Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray, and later an intellectual mentor to Wynton Marsalis. For all of his intellectual virtuosity, we were still surprised to discover the book that Crouch wanted to recommend: Alejo Carpentier’s “Reasons of State.”

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    Reasons of State

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    Interview: Stanley Crouch on 'The Artificial White Man: Essays on Authenticity'

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    Chris Ware on 'Society is Nix'

    Chris Ware on 'Society is Nix'

    When he’s not drawing, Chris Ware likes to read and look at vintage comics. He highly recommends a book that defies even his powers of description — a folio-sized reproduction of some of America’s first newspaper cartoons, made long before super-heroes and adventure stories took over the medium. Back then, he says, the medium could be anything — and was.

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    Society is Nix: Gleeful Anarchy of the Dawn of the American Comic Strip 1895-1915

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    Interview: Chris Ware on his graphic novel 'Building Stories'

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    Cheryl Strayed on 'Love & Terror on the Howling Plains of Torment'

    Cheryl Strayed on 'Love & Terror on the Howling Plains of Torment'

    Cheryl Strayed’s "Wild" is one of the most famous wilderness memoirs of our time. She especially appreciates writers who combine honesty with emotional intensity — writers who reveal themselves unflinchingly on the page. She recommends a memoir by the writer Poe Ballantine.

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    Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere: A Memoir

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    Interview: Cheryl Strayed on Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

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    Orhan Pamuk on 'Anna Karenina'

    Orhan Pamuk on 'Anna Karenina'

    The Turkish writer and Nobel laureate says his favorite novel — the 800-plus-page Russian novel bursting with characters living the life of imperial Russian society — is a complex miracle of a book.

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    Anna Karenina

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    Interview: Orhan Pamul on 'Snow'—Sonic Sidebar: Orhan Pamuk on The Arabian Nights—Interview: Orhan Pamuk on Fundamentalist Islam—Interview: Why Write? Nobel Prize-Winner Orhan Pamuk Offers His Take—Interview: Istanbul with Orhan Pamuk

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