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Petra Mayer's Recommendations
- "Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster" by Adam Higginbotham
- "One Day: The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary 24 Hours in America" by Gene Weingarten
- "Every Man Dies Alone" by Hans Fallada
- "Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion" by Jia Tolentino
- "In the Dream House: A Memoir" by Carmen Maria Machado
- "Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest" by Hanif Abdurraqib
- "Drive-Thru Dreams: A Journey Through the Heart of America's Fast Food Kingdom" by Adam Chandler
- "When We Were Arabs: A Jewish Family's Forgotten History" by Massoud Hayoun
This segment aired on December 20, 2019.
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