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Denis Johnson, Author Of 'Jesus' Son' And 'Tree Of Smoke,' Dies At 67

NPR Top Stories - 9 hours 25 min ago

The National Book Award-winning novelist was perhaps best known for Jesus' Son, a book of interwoven stories focused on the lives of addicts. A spokesman for his publisher tells NPR he died Thursday.

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Denis Johnson, Author Of 'Jesus' Son' And 'Tree Of Smoke,' Dies At 67

NPR Books - 9 hours 25 min ago

The National Book Award-winning novelist was perhaps best known for Jesus' Son, a book of interwoven stories focused on the lives of addicts. A spokesman for his publisher tells NPR he died Thursday.

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Hillary Clinton To Deliver Commencement Speech At Wellesley College

NPR Top Stories - 10 hours 23 min ago

It's a familiar stage for Clinton — Clinton delivered the commencement address as a College Government president in 1969.

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In Southern India, The Spirit Of Ramadan Is Served In A Bowl Of Porridge

NPR Top Stories - 11 hours 21 min ago

To break the fast at sunset, mosques distribute nombu kanji, a lightly spiced rice and lentil porridge, to worshipers and the poor. The meal epitomizes the Muslim holy month's spirit of giving.

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Cavs Beat Celtics As LeBron James Tops NBA's All-Time Playoff Scoring List

NPR Top Stories - 12 hours 13 min ago

James scored 35 points to replace Michael Jordan as the NBA's all-time playoff scoring leader. The points helped the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics for a return trip to the NBA finals.

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Attack On Coptic Christians Kills At Least 28 In Egypt

NPR Top Stories - 12 hours 39 min ago

"Those traitors breached all the religious principles and humanitarian values," says Egypt's Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam.

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Top White House Lawyer Donald McGahn Sits At The Center Of Controversy

NPR Top Stories - 13 hours 21 min ago

Lawyers are dissecting the performance of White House counsel Donald McGahn — and the top lawyer at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. is getting mixed reviews amid several Trump administration controversies.

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Fiction: A Smart, Heartbreaking Novel at the Crossroads of Performance and Art

New York Times Book Review - 14 hours 21 min ago
A nakedly autobiographical meditation on art, Barbara Browning’s “The Gift” both mentions and belongs to the recent crop of autofiction.
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War Stories: New and Noteworthy Books on Military History, from Afghanistan to Waterloo

New York Times Book Review - 14 hours 21 min ago
Thomas E. Ricks reports on the hubris and sorrow of war, from ancient Greece to Afghanistan.
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Nonfiction: The Gulf of Mexico in the Age of Petrochemicals

New York Times Book Review - 14 hours 21 min ago
In “The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea,” Jack E. Davis explores the damage done by a tragic human belief in the inexhaustible bounty of nature.
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Fiction: Bringing One of Burma’s Lost Histories to Life

New York Times Book Review - 14 hours 21 min ago
Charmaine Craig draws on family history in her novel about modern Burma’s power struggles.
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Fiction: A Cambodian Refugee Returns Home, to a Landscape Brutally Changed

New York Times Book Review - 14 hours 21 min ago
Vaddey Ratner’s novel “Music of the Ghosts” follows a Cambodian refugee’s return to her homeland, searching for news of her long-lost father.
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The Shortlist: Missing Persons

New York Times Book Review - 14 hours 21 min ago
Where did they go? The plots of four new novels hinge on missing persons, past and present, accidentally lost or deliberately AWOL.
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Fiction: Debut Stories Blend Beastly Transformations With Teenage Turmoil

New York Times Book Review - 14 hours 21 min ago
In Daisy Johnson’s story collection, “Fen,” teenage torment plays out in a shape-shifting world.
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Letters to the Editor

New York Times Book Review - 14 hours 21 min ago
Readers respond to “Nixon’s White House Wars,” Walter Winchell’s crafting of the celebrity and more.
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Fiction: Irish Sisters Take Different Paths, but Not the Ones That They Expected

New York Times Book Review - 14 hours 21 min ago
J. Courtney Sullivan’s novel “Saints for All Occasions” covers five decades in the lives of a pair of immigrants and their descendants in America.
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Can Comfort Care At The ER Help Older People Live Longer And Suffer Less?

NPR Top Stories - 14 hours 24 min ago

Many older patients have problems that an emergency room is ill-equipped to handle, but often there is nowhere else to go. So some hospitals are adding palliative care consultants to the front lines.

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Mark Zuckerberg Tells Harvard Graduates To Embrace Globalism, 'A Sense Of Purpose'

NPR Top Stories - 14 hours 31 min ago

The Facebook CEO said fighting authoritarianism and nationalism is "the struggle of our time." Some have speculated he may run for office, though Zuckerberg has denied it.

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Remembering A Soldier Who Died For His Country Before Becoming A Citizen

NPR Top Stories - 14 hours 43 min ago

George Rincon and Yolanda Reyes remember their son, Diego, an Iraqi war veteran who was killed in action in 2003. The family came to the U.S. in 1989 as immigrants from Colombia.

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This Week In Race: Jesuits Give Back, Serena's New Gig, Latino Grads Hat Up

NPR Top Stories - 15 hours 20 min ago

All sorts of people coming and going this week — out of Chicago, out of college, but not to the U.S.

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