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5 Sunday Reads, Including a New Novel by Don DeLillo, The Early Stories of Truman Capote and Nicki Minaj Reading Maya Angelou

Zero K1. Don DeLillo’s new novel, ‘Zero K,’ announced

From Los Angeles Times: “This week, Don DeLillo will accept the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters — its lifetime achievement award — at the National Book Awards. But that doesn’t mean the author has stopped writing.

On Monday, Scribner announced that DeLillo’s next novel, “Zero K,” will be published in May 2016.”
 
 
How to Think Like Bill Gates2. 17 Books Everyone Should Read, According to Bill Gates

From Time: “While Bill Gates has a schedule that’s planned down to the minute, the entrepreneur-turned-billionaire-humanitarian still gobbles up about a book a week.

Aside from a handful of novels, they’re mostly nonfiction books covering his and his foundation’s broad range of interests. A lot of them are about transforming systems: how nations can intelligently develop, how to lead an organization, and how social change can fruitfully happen.

We went through the past five years of his book criticism to find the ones that he gave glowing reviews and that changed his perspective.”
 
 
Life in Translation 3. Are we different people in different languages?

From Literary Hub: “‘The problem,’ he explained, ‘is that this is a very dark story and Latvian is just not that kind of language.’

I asked him what he meant.

‘You see,’ he replied. ‘Latvian is a very sweet and beautiful language.’”
 
 
Submission4. Michel Houellebecq: How France’s leaders failed its oeople

From The New York Times: “Paris — IN the aftermath of the January attacks in Paris, I spent two days transfixed watching the news. In the aftermath of the Nov. 13 attacks, I hardly turned on the television; I just called the people I knew (no small number) who lived in the neighborhoods that were hit. You get used to terrorist attacks.”
 
 
 

The Early Stories of Truman Capote5. Truman Capote’s early stories show a young genius at work

From The Telegraph: “Discovered by a Swiss publisher searching through Capote’s papers for evidence of that other hostage to literary fortune, an unfinished novel, these 14 stories were all written before the author was 20. Some had been published before, but only in Capote’s school magazine. His editors, and his literary executors, believe they already show ‘a young genius at work’.”
 
 
 
I Know Why the Caged Bird SingsBonus: Watch Nicki Minaj perform Maya Angelou’s “Still I Rise”:

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