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'Strange Practice:' The Doctor Is In

NPR Books - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 04:00

In Strange Practice, Vivian Shaw kicks off a new series about Dr. Greta Helsing, descendant of the famous Professor Abraham Van Helsing and general practitioner to the ghouls and ghasts of London.

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Nonfiction: Three New Books Discuss How to Confront and Reform Racist Policing

New York Times Book Review - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 02:00
Books by former Dallas police chief David O. Brown and the law professor Paul Butler, and a collection edited by Angela J. Davis, call for transformation of the system.
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Fiction: In ‘So Much Blue,’ a Married Painter Spills Secrets

New York Times Book Review - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 02:00
The artist at the center of Percival Everett’s new novel provides three narrative threads, including one of his affair in Paris.
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‘Minecraft: The Island’ Blurs the Line Between Fiction and Gaming

New York Times Book Review - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 01:00
Max Brooks’s new novel has an unusual feature: It can also be played within a video game.
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The Enduring Legacy Of Jane Austen's 'Truth Universally Acknowledged'

NPR Books - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 11:09

Linguist Geoff Nunberg describes the opening sentence to Pride and Prejudice as a "masterpiece of indirection" that is frequently repurposed, but whose irony is never matched.

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'The World Broke In Two': Four Writers, One Transformational Year

NPR Books - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 11:00

Using excerpts from letters and diaries, historian and critic Bill Goldstein follows writers Virginia Woolf, E. M. Forster, D. H. Lawrence and T. S. Eliot through the tumultuous literary year of 1922.

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Fiction: Around the World in 50 Years

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 09:30
To mark a major birthday (and avoid an ex-lover’s wedding), the hero of Andrew Sean Greer’s novel “Less” embarks on a long journey.
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Wesley Snipes' Debut Novel Explores Damnation And Salvation

NPR Books - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 08:18

The acclaimed actor's new book is fantasy fiction with heavy religious themes.

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Fiction: On Vacation in Greece, and Refusing to Feel Ancient

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 02:00
Pushing 70, the three women at the center of Lynn Freed’s novel “The Last Laugh” discover that passion and conflict remain powerful forces.
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Nonfiction: What Happens When Liberty Fails to Deliver

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 02:00
In “The Retreat of Western Liberalism,” Edward Luce argues that the tradition of liberty is under mortal threat.
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Match Book: Dear Match Book: Seeking Poetry With That Certain Slant of Light

New York Times Book Review - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 23:45
An admirer of Emily Dickinson and Anne Carson asks for poetry recommendations. Susan Howe, Charles Wright, Monica Youn, Maggie Nelson and more ensue.
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Books of The Times: Portrait of a Nigerian Marriage in a Heartbreaking Debut Novel

New York Times Book Review - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 15:09
Ayobami Adebayo’s “Stay With Me,” like great works by Chinua Achebe and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, explores the pull between tradition and modernity in Nigeria.
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Nonfiction: An Odyssey Through Self-Harm and Out the Other Side

New York Times Book Review - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 02:00
In the memoir “Lights On, Rats Out,” Cree LeFavour recalls the damaged young woman she once was.
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Essay: A Lot Like Prayer: Remembering Denis Johnson

New York Times Book Review - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 02:00
Everywhere Denis Johnson went, he portrayed himself as an openhearted American bumbler not unlike his hapless characters.
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'Game Of Thrones' Season 7, Episode 2: 'You're A Dragon. Be A Dragon'

NPR Books - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 00:30

In "Stormborn," lots of long-hoarded information was finally shared, and in a massive sea battle, buckles got gruesomely swashed.

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A Veteran TV News Anchor Pens A Prescient Novel In 'Amanda Wakes Up'

NPR Books - Sun, 07/23/2017 - 05:05

Alisyn Camerota's book is about a political newcomer fresh from Hollywood facing off against a female senator. But 2016 similarities aside, the CNN anchor says she wrote it long before the election.

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'Caesar's Last Breath' Is A Breezy History Of Our Atmosphere

NPR Books - Sun, 07/23/2017 - 04:00

Sam Kean's funny, conversational new book reminds us not to take the air we breathe for granted — our atmosphere can tell stories about everything from dinosaurs and Julius Caesar to space flight.

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Samantha Hunt On Her Short Stories In 'The Dark Dark'

NPR Books - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 05:08

NPR's Scott Simon talks with acclaimed novelist Samantha Hunt about her first book of short stories, The Dark Dark, which explores the fantastical and the sorrowful in everyday life.

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Yes, Some Comics Are For Kids — And They're Big Business

NPR Books - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 05:08

What's the best way to get people reading comics? Hook 'em young. And comics for early readers are booming — even big publishers like DC, famed for grim and gritty, are getting in on the action.

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Life Lessons (With Zombies) In 'Minecraft: The Island'

NPR Books - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 04:00

Max Brooks' latest novel is set in the world of the popular video game Minecraft — and once you get past that, it has a lot of valuable ideas for young readers, cleverly disguised with plenty of fun.

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