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'Unforgivable Love' Resets Steamy 'Dangerous Liaisons' In 1940s Harlem

NPR Books - 7 hours 17 min ago

The retelling of the 1782 French novel has just as much betrayal and bed-hopping as the original, but in a new locale. Author Sophfronia Scott explains why Harlem — and how she writes good sex scenes.

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Leveling Up In The Video Game Industry, Without Checkpoints: 'Significant Zero'

NPR Books - 8 hours 20 min ago

Videogame writer Walt Williams describes his Red-Bull-and-Adderal-fueled advancement in a competitive and secretive industry. Critic Jason Sheehan says the book "plays out ... like a videogame."

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'Inside Studio 54' Takes You Behind The Velvet Rope, And Into Some Dark Corners

NPR Books - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 07:00

Owner Mark Fleischman's memoir drops plenty of celebrity names while detailing the day-to-day logistics (and the drugs) that kept the nightspot running.

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A Suicide Reverberates In 'The Ninth Hour'

NPR Books - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 05:11

NPR's Scott Simon talks to author Alice McDermott about her new novel, The Ninth Hour. It starts with a suicide and then reveals how the kindness of faithful strangers can steer people's lives.

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Poetry For Kids Who Are 'Just No Good At Rhyming'

NPR Books - Sat, 09/23/2017 - 05:11

Poetry has to rhyme, doesn't it? Chris Harris talks with Scott Simon about his new book for kids called I'm Just No good at Rhyming.

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The Book Review Podcast: Jesmyn Ward on ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing’

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 16:50
Ward discusses her new novel; David Dobbs on five new books about Darwin; and Kristin Cashore talks about “Jane, Unlimited.”
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Q. & A.: The Real Story Behind Roald Dahl’s ‘Black Charlie’

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 15:54
The author’s early draft of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” featured a black protagonist who gets trapped inside a chocolate mold. Was it racial stereotyping, or something more complicated?
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By the Book: Celeste Ng: By the Book

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 12:07
The author of, most recently, “Little Fires Everywhere,” often returns to “The Count of Monte Cristo”: “Right now, I see it as an exploration of the complexities of good and evil and how easily one shifts into the other.”
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Open Book: Of God and War

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 08:47
Sarah Sentilles’s “Draw Your Weapons” ranges widely through issues of photographic representation, theology, empathy, activism and pacifism.
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Inside the List: Thanks, Trump! Katy Tur Sees a Renaissance in Journalism

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 08:44
The NBC reporter, who has a best-selling campaign book with “Unbelievable,” says that the president’s scorn has “revitalized the fourth estate.”
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Nonfiction: A True Tale of Drug Cartels, Money Laundering and Horse Racing

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 02:00
In “Bones,” by Joe Tone, the divergent lives of two brothers — a bricklayer in Texas and a cartel boss in Mexico — converge on the racetrack.
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Paperback Row

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 02:00
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Sketchbook | Graphic Review: Reviews in Pictures: Harry Bliss on Norman Douglas’s ‘South Wind’

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 02:00
The 1917 novel from the British travel writer uses landscape as character.
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Stamp Notes: ‘The Snowy Day’ Captured in New Stamp Series

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 02:00
A new run of “Forever” stamps will feature scenes from Ezra Jack Keats’s classic children’s tale.
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Nonfiction: Writing Lines for Obama, Mixing Comedy and Hope

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 02:00
In his memoir “Thanks, Obama,” the speechwriter David Litt recalls coming of age at the White House.
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Author’s Note: Marilynne Robinson on Finding the Right Word

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 02:00
The author of “Gilead” and “Housekeeping” reflects on Emily Dickinson, expanding the mind and writing into the unknown.
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The Shortlist: How We Make Up Our Minds

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 02:00
Four books about the mechanics of decision making.
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Fiction: In ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing,’ a Haunted Road Trip to Prison

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 02:00
Jesmyn Ward’s follow-up to “Salvage the Bones” tells the story of a woman intent on making her fractured family whole again.
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Letters to the Editor

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 02:00
Readers respond to Greek myths, a cover illustration and more.
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Editors' Choice: 12 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 18:26
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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