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Poet Kevin Young's new book, <i>Brown</i>, is colored by memories of family, childhood, U.S. history and black culture. "I was really interested in this idea of brownness," <a href="http://click.et.npr.org/?qs=6495eb81bf6ad959b3e520e08cc89d4dac194f123e410225b8e3665787fa59a6e30dd055b9a4b2cfdbd05a567a0d0ac93ffd7a777f6a1288" style="color:#4e84c4;text-decoration:underline" title="" target="_blank">he tells Code Switch's Karen Grigsby Bates</a>. "both in sort of a literal name, like Brown in <i>Brown v. Board</i> and Rev. Brown and Linda Brown and all that implied, but also James Brown and John Brown." </td></tr></tbody></table><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="min-width:100%" class="m_-2450520816283753484stylingblock-content-wrapper"><tbody><tr><td class="m_-2450520816283753484stylingblock-content-wrapper m_-2450520816283753484camarker-inner"><table width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"><tbody><tr><td align="center"><a href="http://click.et.npr.org/?qs=6495eb81bf6ad959cb1c44e2a425513fbdcd57ecbf1eff1ef7c3b7df08a29dcba4973aa905ce5c89fdeb5867d63c6c145c3c8e4eb18c73a4" title="" target="_blank"><img src="https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2018/04/24/gettyimages-945802542_wide-7332a5e7dd1df665e2991c6294b75f050ffe17b5-s600-c85.jpg" alt="Student and asylum-seeker Allan Monga" height="337" width="600" style="display:block;padding:10px 0px 5px;text-align:center;height:auto;width:100%;border:0px"></a></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table>
                      
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In his home country of Zambia, Allan Monga says, he didn't know about poetry. But when he fled violence there to seek asylum in Maine, his high school teacher introduced him: "It happened, and I will tell you, it is addictive," he told NPR's Ari Shapiro. "I will not let anyone stand in between the relationship I have, I've grown for poetry." Monga was in Washington, D.C. this week after <a href="http://click.et.npr.org/?qs=6495eb81bf6ad959e75545e9ddd447d87f0092b0b3024e91d2d624fc4b418b98858f17a2b76bcff398c75120fce7b843bf4ffc1511320496" style="color:#4e84c4;text-decoration:underline" title="Monga text" target="_blank">winning the right to compete</a> in a national poetry competition that previously barred non-citizens.</td></tr></tbody></table><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="min-width:100%" class="m_-2450520816283753484stylingblock-content-wrapper"><tbody><tr><td class="m_-2450520816283753484stylingblock-content-wrapper m_-2450520816283753484camarker-inner"><table width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"><tbody><tr><td align="center"><a href="http://click.et.npr.org/?qs=6495eb81bf6ad9595455db4a9993c3b9caed8b810ef5e59dc30491b0fe98865358de56d6205a2cb4f3a5cb345e6e3fa359a5a900439aa9e5" title="" target="_blank"><img src="https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2018/04/20/gettyimages-860835540_custom-baeeaebc8621f9b430fa030d013e848501399a57-s600-c85.jpg" alt="Cute pandas!" height="337" width="600" style="display:block;padding:10px 0px 5px;text-align:center;height:auto;width:100%;border:0px"></a></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="min-width:100%" class="m_-2450520816283753484stylingblock-content-wrapper"><tbody><tr><td class="m_-2450520816283753484stylingblock-content-wrapper m_-2450520816283753484camarker-inner"><span style="font-size:11px"><i>Pandas may look cute, but they're still bears. Image via AFP/Getty Images.</i></span><br>
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Humans are all wrong about sloths<span style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,serif;font-size:17px"> — </span>and lots of other animals (including pandas)<span style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,serif;font-size:17px"> — </span>says zoologist Lucy Cooke. "People think that because the animal is slow that it's somehow useless and redundant," she tells NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro. But in fact, "they are incredibly successful creatures." Cooke is the founder of the Sloth Appreciation Society and the author of the new book <i>The Truth About Animals: Stoned Sloths, Lovelorn Hippos and Other Tales from the Wild Side of Wildlife.</i> For more<span style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,serif;font-size:17px"> — </span>including why Aristotle was wrong about eels<span style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,serif;font-size:17px"> — </span><a href="http://click.et.npr.org/?qs=6495eb81bf6ad959ab1b92c1146517bdddd72dd9a3a6928a746c18d11531b079df9b4491ad238fbba73a9d1469aea681cddfd97c83c27759" style="color:#4e84c4;text-decoration:underline" title="" target="_blank">click here.</a></td></tr></tbody></table><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="min-width:100%" class="m_-2450520816283753484stylingblock-content-wrapper"><tbody><tr><td style="padding:10px" class="m_-2450520816283753484stylingblock-content-wrapper m_-2450520816283753484camarker-inner"><table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" style="width:100%"><tbody><tr><td><table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" style="width:100%"><tbody><tr><td valign="top" class="m_-2450520816283753484responsive-td" style="width:33%;padding-right:4px"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="min-width:100%" class="m_-2450520816283753484stylingblock-content-wrapper"><tbody><tr><td class="m_-2450520816283753484stylingblock-content-wrapper m_-2450520816283753484camarker-inner"><table width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"><tbody><tr><td align="center"><a href="http://click.et.npr.org/?qs=6495eb81bf6ad95947b961bc453fad1ca33a8e0dbea553665b506c95c101c4bb8ada9b16f83f103d72d641dd3e5d7afde33fd75936c4e652" title="" target="_blank"><img src="https://media.npr.org/assets/bakertaylor/covers/h/head-on/9780765388919_custom-2c740a483a96c62b8e95a78e7a4b0a80a09d2028-s200-c85.jpg" alt="'Head On,' by John Scalzi" height="305" width="200" style="display:block;padding:10px 0px 5px;border:0px solid transparent;text-align:center;height:auto;width:100%"></a></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table></td><td valign="top" class="m_-2450520816283753484responsive-td" style="width:33%;padding-left:2px;padding-right:2px"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="min-width:100%" class="m_-2450520816283753484stylingblock-content-wrapper"><tbody><tr><td class="m_-2450520816283753484stylingblock-content-wrapper m_-2450520816283753484camarker-inner"><table width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"><tbody><tr><td align="center"><a href="http://click.et.npr.org/?qs=6495eb81bf6ad9599796c946ec8fa0d75d38fbef0740ba73649850f139c53c1996239cd22f01200dcd27c9f7f1c1826ef6e4b53f9c64cc39" title="" target="_blank"><img src="https://media.npr.org/assets/bakertaylor/covers/y/you-think-it-ill-say-it/9780399592867_custom-621bac7f9c1c85ab00d278ca721b194843f0e393-s200-c85.jpg" alt="'You Think It, I'll Say It,' By Curtis Sittenfeld" height="302" width="200" style="display:block;padding:10px 0px 0px;border:0px solid transparent;text-align:center;height:auto;width:100%"></a></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table></td><td valign="top" class="m_-2450520816283753484responsive-td" style="width:33%;padding-left:4px"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="min-width:100%" class="m_-2450520816283753484stylingblock-content-wrapper"><tbody><tr><td class="m_-2450520816283753484stylingblock-content-wrapper m_-2450520816283753484camarker-inner"><table width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"><tbody><tr><td align="center"><a href="http://click.et.npr.org/?qs=6495eb81bf6ad9594feaa9f1aa83ef64920e0484747ce98e92b78e016eace1ad0ad574cd9e77be5595b26b2ec031eac63fde3e31c470452c" title="" target="_blank"><img src="https://media.npr.org/assets/bakertaylor/covers/h/how-to-suppress-womens-writing/9781477316252_custom-2a12e9d3763534065b9570c4bc2564974e707378-s200-c85.jpg" alt="'How To Suppress Women's Writing,' By Joanna Russ" height="308" width="200" style="display:block;padding:10px 0px;border:0px solid transparent;text-align:center;height:auto;width:100%"></a></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="100%" style="min-width:100%" class="m_-2450520816283753484stylingblock-content-wrapper"><tbody><tr><td class="m_-2450520816283753484stylingblock-content-wrapper m_-2450520816283753484camarker-inner">Finally this week, some picks from our reviewers<span style="color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:Georgia,serif;fon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