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New books tackle immigrant experience, Philip Roth, how ‘Sesame Street’ came to be – Chicago Sun

Here’s the lowdown on some of the latest must-read new books.

‘Sunny Days’ by David Kamp

Simon Schuster, nonfiction, $27.50

What it’s about: Subtitled “The Children’s Television Revolution that Changed America,” the book by David Kamp, author of the bestselling “The United States of Arugula,” writes about the people who in the 1970s created beloved kids TV shows including “Sesame Street,” “The Electric Company,” “Schoolhouse Rock,” “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” “Zoom” and “Free to Be . . . You and Me.”

The buzz: Full of “nostalgic jolts for readers who grew up in those years,” The Wall Street Journal writes. “The book doesn’t paint a full picture of what happened, or what it all meant, but it makes the era a pleasure to revisit.”

Click to read or hear an audio excerpt from “Sunny Days” by David Kamp.

Click to read or hear an audio excerpt from “Sunny Days” by David Kamp.
Simon Schuster

‘Brown Album: Essays on Exile and Identity’ by Porochista Khakpour

Vintage, nonfiction, $16

What it’s about: In a stirring collection of essays, Porochista Khakpour explores her life as a writer and her American experience as an Iranian immigrant.

The buzz: “Lovers of the essay and those interested in immigrant literature will be particularly delighted, but any reader can enjoy Khakpour’s passionate and enlightening work,” Publishers Weekly writes.

Porochista Khakpour’s “Brown Album: Essays on Exile and Identity.”

Porochista Khakpour’s “Brown Album:

Article source: https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/5/22/21264078/sunny-days-david-kamp-sesame-street-philip-roth-benjamin-taylor-brown-album-porochista-khakpour

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