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Books of The Times: A Florida of Sun, Sky, Sea and Mind

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 16:00
“Sunshine State,” Sarah Gerard’s essay collection, and “Gulf: The Making of an American Sea,” Jack E. Davis’s environmental history, each explore the terrain of an unmoored state.
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Inside DARPA, The Pentagon Agency Whose Technology Has 'Changed the World'

NPR Books - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 10:27

Journalist Sharon Weinberger discusses the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency, which develops innovative scientific technologies for the military. Her new book is The Imagineers of War.

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Nonfiction: Don’t Do It: The Simple Solution to Clearing the To-Do List

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 08:14
According to Tiffany Dufu’s “Drop the Ball” and Stephen Marche’s “The Unmade Bed,” there’s a solution to those impossible household to-do lists: Quit.
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Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: One Family’s War Against Alzheimer’s

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 04:00
“The Inheritance” is about five siblings (out of six) who inherited a genetic mutation that leads to early-onset Alzheimer’s.
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'Novel Of The Century' Is A Lively Companion To 'Les Misérables'

NPR Books - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 04:00

David Bellos' new book is a comprehensive guide to Les Misérables, and a compelling story in its own right, packed with detail about the creation and publication of Victor Hugo's massive masterpiece.

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Essay: Luck and the Death Penalty

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 03:00
This 2002 essay by the playwright Arthur Miller was meant to assist a campaign to abolish the death penalty in Illinois.
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Nonfiction: With God on Their Side: How Evangelicals Entered American Politics

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 02:00
Frances FitzGerald’s “The Evangelicals” is an examination of how politics and conservative Protestantism became intertwined.
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Books of The Times: A Haunting Debut Looks Ahead to a Second American Civil War

New York Times Book Review - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 16:13
The details of “American War,” Omar El Akkad’s dystopian novel about an unraveling United States, makes his fictional future feel alarmingly real.
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How For-Profit Colleges Sell 'Risky Education' To The Most Vulnerable

NPR Books - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 10:49

Tressie McMillan Cottom worked in enrollment at two for-profit colleges, but quit because she felt uncomfortable selling students an education they couldn't afford. Her new book is Lower Ed.

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Emma Donoghue Helps Kids Deal With Dementia (And Still Has Fun) In 'The Lotterys'

NPR Books - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 02:06

Emma Donoghue tackles a tough topic with light and humor in The Lotterys Plus One, her new kids' book about a boisterous blended family learning to accommodate a difficult grandfather with dementia.

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Fiction: An Unassuming Heroine Envies Her Harvard Classmates the Confidence of Their Convictions

New York Times Book Review - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 02:00
Elif Batuman’s new novel, “The Idiot,” is a rejoinder to the pressure on literature to serve as self-help.
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Nonfiction: Hitler’s Little Helper: A History of Rampant Drug Use Under the Nazis

New York Times Book Review - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 02:00
Norman Ohler’s “Blitzed” shows that the Nazis were drug-fueled, with methamphetamines for the public and opiates for The Fuhrer.
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Author Finds A Counter-Narrative Of Equality In Adam And Eve Story

NPR Books - Sun, 03/26/2017 - 15:26

Bruce Feiler speaks about his new book, "The First Love Story," and how the story of Adam and Eve is still important to relationships between men and women today.

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'Wait Till You See Me Dance' Is A Marvelous Waltz Of Misdirection

NPR Books - Sun, 03/26/2017 - 07:00

Deb Olin Unferth's story collection delights in going in unexpected directions, and her sensitively-drawn characters feel the full, real, often contradictory and uneasy layering of human emotion.

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Actor, Director And Writer Andrew McCarthy Takes On Young Adult Fiction

NPR Books - Sun, 03/26/2017 - 05:14

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to actor and director Andrew McCarthy about his new young adult novel, Just Fly Away.

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Jay Chandrasekhar Of 'Super Troopers' On His Memoir 'Mustache Shenanigans'

NPR Books - Sun, 03/26/2017 - 05:14

Jay Chandrasekhar of Super Troopers fame talks to NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro about his new memoir about how he made it in Hollywood. The book is called Mustache Shenanigans.

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How Do You Dream Up A Cockatoo Feast? An Artist Explains In 'Imaginarium'

NPR Books - Sun, 03/26/2017 - 05:14

Looking at Claire Rosen's photographs can feel like walking into someone else's dreams. In her new book Imaginarium she provides inspiration and advice for curating a creative life.

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Forget F. Scott: In 'Z,' Christina Ricci Tells Zelda Fitzgerald's Story

NPR Books - Sun, 03/26/2017 - 05:14

There's a common misconception (popularized by Ernest Hemingway) that Zelda Fitzgerald ruined her husband's life. The truth, Ricci says, is much more complicated.

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Duncan Hines: The Original Road Warrior Who Shaped Restaurant History

NPR Books - Sun, 03/26/2017 - 04:00

The name on that box of cake mix belonged to a real person. Hines was a traveling salesman who just wanted to find a decent meal on the road — and ended up being America's go-to restaurant expert.

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Tale As Old As Time: The Dark Appeal of 'Beauty And The Beast'

NPR Books - Sun, 03/26/2017 - 01:31

Disney's new live-action extravaganza is just the latest retelling of this classic fairy tale. But why do Beauty and her Beast have such a hold on us? And why are there so many versions of their tale?

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