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Nonfiction: The Campaigns, Causes and Controversies of Five American Radicals

New York Times Book Review - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 09:00
A century ago, Jeremy McCarter’s “young radicals” embraced reform from labor struggles to women’s suffrage to the antiwar effort.
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Nonfiction: You May Not Know His Name, but You’ve Seen His Pictures of Sarah Bernhardt

New York Times Book Review - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 09:00
In “The Great Nadar,” Adam Begley recounts the life story of a French photographer who had an antic personality and a gift for self-promotion.
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Fiction: This New York Love Story Subverts Its ‘Happily Ever After’

New York Times Book Review - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 02:00
“The Changeling,” by Victor LaValle, is a dark fairy tale of a father’s frantic quest through New York City.
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'Game of Thrones' Season 7 Premiere: 'Shall We Begin?'

NPR Books - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 00:00

'Dragonstone' saw the disparate plot threads of HBO's hit series pulling together as Daenerys Targaryan returned to Westeros to claim the Iron Throne.

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'American Fire' Tells A True Story Of Love And Arson In Rural Virginia

NPR Books - Sun, 07/16/2017 - 14:08

In 2012 and 2013, Accomack County, Va., was plagued by arson. The culprits, it turned out, were a local man and his girlfriend. In a new book, journalist Monica Hesse tells their story.

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Graceful 'Hollow' Is Solid All The Way Through

NPR Books - Sun, 07/16/2017 - 07:00

The title of Owen Egerton's new novel refers — mostly — to the old fable that the earth is hollow. But there's nothing hollow about this suspenseful tale of a religion professor's fall and rise.

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New Novel Explores 'What We Lose' When We Lose A Parent

NPR Books - Sun, 07/16/2017 - 03:35

When Zinzi Clemmons was taking care of her dying mother, she only had time to write brief vignettes — and those fragments became the core of her new novel about identity and loss, What We Lose.

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'Dirt Is Good': Why Kids Need Exposure To Germs

NPR Books - Sun, 07/16/2017 - 02:00

Should I use antibacterial soaps? How often should I bathe my child? Those are just some of the questions Jack Gilbert, a microbiome scientist, answers in his new book.

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For July, 3 Romance Heroines Who Want It All

NPR Books - Sat, 07/15/2017 - 07:00

So many romances explore what we'd do for love — but as summer heats up we're bringing you three heroines who'd do a lot for love, and even more to keep their business ventures going.

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The Total Eclipse Of 1878

NPR Books - Sat, 07/15/2017 - 05:52

NPR's Scott Simon interviews science writer David Baron about his new book American Eclipse, the story of the total solar eclipse of 1878.

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The Unconventional Poetry Of Tyehimba Jess

NPR Books - Sat, 07/15/2017 - 05:52

Tyehimba Jess, the African-American poet from Detroit, won this year's Pulitzer in poetry for a collection that shines a different light on minstrel shows.

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In 'Meddling Kids,' The Scooby Gang Grows Up — Hard

NPR Books - Sat, 07/15/2017 - 04:00

Edgar Cantero's head-kick of a novel about damaged adults who used to be spunky kid detectives mixes bright, pulpy cartoon nostalgia with some seriously dark trauma-survivor subtext.

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Lawrence Osborne Doesn't Care If You Like His Characters In 'Beautiful Animals'

NPR Books - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 14:59

"Likable characters are usually completely forgettable ... " he says. "We love villains ... because they show us these disturbing complexities." His sun-drenched summer novel is set on a Greek island.

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Essay: In Jane Austen’s Pages, Death Has No Dominion

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 14:15
What was death to the writer who never killed off a major character? In Austen’s six novels, mortality is a more subtle matter.
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Nonfiction: Roxane Gay on the Traumas of the Body

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 13:53
At its simplest, the memoir “Hunger” is about being overweight in a fat-phobic world. But it’s much more besides.
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Audiobooks: What (Books) to Listen to This Summer

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 13:08
The Times’s book critics and editors at The New York Times Book Review recommend some great audiobooks for summertime.
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'Schumer' Writer Jessi Klein On Barbies, Ageism And Pumping At The Emmys

NPR Books - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 11:13

Klein won an Emmy in 2015 for her work on Inside Amy Schumer. Her book, You'll Grow Out of It, is a collection of humorous personal essays. Originally broadcast July 12, 2016.

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Open Book: Star-Struck

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 09:50
Julie Klam’s new book is a mostly lighthearted and far-ranging look at our obsession with celebrities.
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The Book Review Podcast: The World of Jane Austen Fans

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 09:45
Deborah Yaffe talks about “Among the Janeites,” and Robert Ferguson discusses “Scandinavians: In Search of the Soul of the North.”
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Inside the List: Imagining the Love Between a Master Hacker and a Fed

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 08:58
The veteran romance writer Julie Garwood turns to computer crime in her latest novel, “Wired,” new on the hardcover fiction list at No. 7.
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