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Books News: National Book Awards Longlists Are Announced

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 09:05
Nominees include Jennifer Egan, Lisa Ko, David Grann, Kevin Young and Alarcón.
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Our Back Pages: Notes From the Book Review Archives

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 08:43
In which we consult the Book Review’s past to shed light on the books of the present. This week: Salman Rushdie on importance of “global dialogue.”
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Open Book: Gallery of Horrors

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 08:24
“Paperbacks from Hell” collects hundreds of memorable horror-fiction cover designs.
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40 Nominees Unveiled For The 2017 National Book Awards

NPR Books - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 08:04

Of the names announced by the National Book Foundation, four will take home the literary prize in November. Jesmyn Ward, Jennifer Egan and Frank Bidart number among the longlists' familiar faces.

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TV's Property Brothers Share Their Open Plan For Success In 'It Takes Two'

NPR Books - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 07:00

Drew and Jonathan Scott trade chapters, attempting to capture their on-camera rivalry. NPR's Linda Holmes says, "They're dunking on each other, but with Nerf balls. And a plastic hoop. At eye level."

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In 'The Pictures,' The Story Slips Out Of Focus

NPR Books - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 04:00

With The Pictures, British author Guy Bolton kicks off a mystery series set in classic-era Hollywood. He's clearly done his research on 1930s America, but sometimes all that detail obscures the story.

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Fiction: A 19th-Century Smuggler in the Peruvian Andes

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 02:00
Natasha Pulley’s rambunctious historical novel “The Bedlam Stacks” sends a British adventurer on a magic realist mission to South America.
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Inside the List: Alice Waters’s Grilled Cheese Is Not Like Yours and Mine

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 02:00
In her best-selling new memoir, “Coming to My Senses,” the chef recommends a French mountain cheese and homemade sauerkraut for a childhood staple.
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Fiction: In Salman Rushdie’s New Novel, the Backdrop Is the Obama Years

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 02:00
“The Golden House” tells the story of a billionaire patriarch and his enigmatic family after they arrive in New York.
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Egos: New in Memoir: Looking for Fulfilling Work in the Gig Economy

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 02:00
Books on the golden age of journalism, the brave new world of internet pornography and driving for Uber.
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Fiction: A Mystic Hero in Search of a ‘Beast’

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 02:00
The second installment of Paul Kingsnorth’s trilogy, which began with “The Wake,” follows one man’s quest for a creature and a purpose.
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Paperback Row

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 02:00
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Nonfiction: A Writer Visits Latvia in Search of Her Roots

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 02:00
In her memoir “Among the Living and the Dead,” Inara Verzemnieks learns what happened to her family in World War II.
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The Shortlist: Fiery Collections of Essays From Young Feminist Writers

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 02:00
Three explorations of culture as it affects what it means to be a woman.
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Letters to the Editor

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 02:00
Readers respond to the value of higher education, a conversation among spies and more.
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In 'Forest Dark,' A Building In Israel Connects 2 Searching Souls

NPR Books - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 13:35

Nicole Krauss' new novel, Forest Dark, tells two stories concurrently: a man at the end of a financially successful life searching for meaning, and a younger woman writer searching for meaning as her marriage collapses. The only thing that connects them is a building on the other side of the world.

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Editors' Choice: 11 New Books We Recommend This Week

New York Times Book Review - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 13:09
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.
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Musician Fred Hersch Recounts A Life 'In And Out Of Jazz' In His New Memoir

NPR Books - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 11:50

Nearly 30 years ago, Hersch was among the first jazz musicians to come out as both gay and HIV positive. His memoir looks back on that time, as well as the time he spent in a medically induced coma.

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The Wind Still Blows Through The Willows — And Along 'The River Bank'

NPR Books - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 07:00

Kij Johnson works fresh magic with an old story in The River Bank, a sequel to The Wind in the Willows that introduces two new characters, Miss Mole and Miss Rabbit, but keeps the original's charm.

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It All Began With 'Adam And Eve'

NPR Books - Thu, 09/14/2017 - 04:00

In his new book, Stephen Greenblatt argues that the world wouldn't be the same without the story of Adam and Eve — the primal narrative that shapes how we think about almost everything.

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