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Nonfiction: When Corruption and Venality Were the Lifeblood of America

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 02:00
“The Republic for Which It Stands,” Richard White’s broad-ranging history, describes a country lashed by greed and brutality.
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Nonfiction: The Education of Ellen Pao

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 02:00
In “Reset,” the Silicon Valley executive and former venture capitalist explains how she came to question the culture of the tech industry.
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Match Book: Books That Show the Heights of Human Strength, the Limits of Endurance

New York Times Book Review - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 02:00
From natural disaster to wild beasts and warfare, tragedies factual and fictional so vivid that they’ll strike terror in the heart of any reader.
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'School For Good And Evil' Is A Kids' Fantasy Series For The Fake News Era

NPR Books - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 13:45

"Good and evil — they mix in the world," says author Soman Chainani. "Both sides claim to be good, both sides claim to be telling the truth." His latest in the series is called Quests for Glory.

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Clinton Won't Rule Out Questioning 2016 Election, But Says No Clear Means To Do So

NPR Books - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 09:49

Hillary Clinton tells Fresh Air the mechanism for such a challenge does not exist in the U.S. "and usually we don't need it." She also says she is "optimistic about our country, but I am not naive."

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Nonfiction: Survival of the Prettiest

New York Times Book Review - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 02:00
Darwin’s theory of aesthetics may be the sexiest, most dangerous idea in evolution.
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Spies, Betrayal, And Some Really Good Food In 'Dinner At The Center Of The Earth'

NPR Books - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 07:00

Nathan Englander's latest tells the fraught history of Israel and Palestine with quotidian details that make the story feel not historically accurate, but historically intimate.

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Brooklyn Is Magical In 'Shadowhouse Fall'

NPR Books - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 04:59

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Daniel José Older about his new book, Shadowhouse Fall.

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'Little House On The Prairie' Author Is 150

NPR Books - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 04:59

It is the 150th year of Laura Ingalls Wilder's birth — and a good time to check back on one of our favorite childhood series.

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Move Over Millennials, Here Comes 'iGen' ... Or Maybe Not

NPR Books - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 04:01

A new book worries that growing up with smartphones and the Internet has been harmful to a generation of kids. Critic Annalisa Quinn says intergenerational carping is a long, and unhelpful tradition.

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'The Taking Of K-129': How The CIA Stole A Sunken Soviet Sub Off The Ocean Floor

NPR Books - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 15:07

Author Josh Dean describes how the CIA worked to secretly resurface a sub that the Soviet Union considered lost. Their cover story involved eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes.

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Roald Dahl's Widow Says Charlie From 'The Chocolate Factory' Was Originally Black

NPR Books - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 14:31

Dahl's widow revealed the surprising scoop on the BBC earlier this week.

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These 'Far Away Brothers' Remake Themselves In America

NPR Books - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 07:01

Lauren Markham's careful, empathetic new book follows twin brothers from El Salvador, who flee gang violence to make a new life for themselves in a country that's increasingly harsh to immigrants.

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A Boy Grows Up In Harlem In 'The Stars Beneath Our Feet'

NPR Books - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 05:08

NPR's Scott Simon talks to author David Barclay Moore about his new book, The Stars Beneath Our Feet.

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Fiona Mozley On Making The Man Booker Shortlist With Her Debut Novel

NPR Books - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 05:08

Fiona Mozley wrote her first novel, Elmet, on her phone while commuting on the train between York and London. She talks with Scott Simon about being shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

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'Lightning Men' Is A Story About Police, Race And Atlanta

NPR Books - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 05:08

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with author Thomas Mullen about his new novel, Lightning Men. It is the story of black and white cops in Atlanta in 1950.

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In 'Shadowhouse Fall,' Magical Threats Map Real-World Peril

NPR Books - Sat, 09/16/2017 - 04:00

Daniel José Older's new novel continues the adventures of magician Sierra Santiago and her tight-knit band of friends and family as they battle not just unfriendly sorcery but everyday discrimination.

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The Book Review Podcast: Notes From a Crazy Campaign Trail

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 16:00
Jill Abramson discusses Katy Tur’s new memoir, “Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History.”
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Book News: A Green Light Is Given, It’s True, for a Grown-Up Cindy Lou Who

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 15:58
A federal judge has ruled that “Who’s Holiday!” doesn’t violate the copyright of the Dr. Seuss classic, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”
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Bruce Springsteen: On Jersey, Masculinity And Wishing To Be His Stage Persona

NPR Books - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 12:43

"People see you onstage and, yeah, I'd want to be that guy," Springsteen says. "I want to be that guy myself very often." Originally broadcast Oct. 5, 2016.

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