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Imagine What It Was Like To Sit Down At Simone De Beauvoir's Desk

NPR Books - Tue, 05/16/2017 - 01:55

"One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman," wrote the pioneering French feminist. The National Museum of Women in the Arts invites visitors to explore a replica of her cozy, cluttered workspace.

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Grocery Stores: 'The Best Of America And The Worst Of America'

NPR Books - Mon, 05/15/2017 - 11:25

In his new book, Michael Ruhlman explores how and why Americans have changed from corner-store customers to insatiable consumers of every edible product at our fingertips.

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Children’s Books: An Aspiring Bluesman Faces the Loss of his Grandfather

New York Times Book Review - Mon, 05/15/2017 - 10:41
The young hero of Rita Williams-Garcia’s “Clayton Byrd Goes Underground,” an aspiring bluesman, faces the loss of his larger-than-life grandfather.
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The Art Ensemble of Chicago's Free-Wheeling Style Shines In 'Message to Our Folks'

NPR Books - Mon, 05/15/2017 - 10:31

Paul Steinbeck's new book chronicles the antics, both on and off stage, of the storied jazz ensemble. Critic Kevin Whitehead says Message to Our Folks celebrates the band's success on their own terms.

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Children’s Books: A Knight’s Epic Quest, and the Perils of Chivalry

New York Times Book Review - Mon, 05/15/2017 - 09:50
“Yvain the Knight of the Lion,” a graphic novel written by M.T. Anderson, retells a medieval epic, raising questions about honor, fate and society.
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Nonfiction: To Make America Great Again, Give Your Kids Chores

New York Times Book Review - Mon, 05/15/2017 - 09:00
In “The Vanishing American Adult,” Senator Ben Sasse offers a solution for moral decline: Get tough on your offspring.
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Audiobooks: The Story of Thor, in the Voice of Neil Gaiman

New York Times Book Review - Mon, 05/15/2017 - 04:00
In “Norse Mythology,” Neil Gaiman brings visceral voice to the ancient and weird tales that have so deeply informed the otherworlds of his fiction.
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'The Captain Class' Defines The Greatest Sports Teams Ever Based On One Character

NPR Books - Sun, 05/14/2017 - 14:56

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with author Sam Walker about his book The Captain Class, which takes a look at the common qualities of elite athlete team leaders, and how they create winning teams.

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Young Adult Fiction Uses Myths To Keeps Traditional Storytelling Alive

NPR Books - Sun, 05/14/2017 - 04:52

Greek, Roman and Viking myths have always been perfect for teenagers — they're all id! — so NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro gets recommendations for new books using them as source material.

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Gladstone's Book Answers The Question: What Ails Our Democracy?

NPR Books - Sun, 05/14/2017 - 04:52

NPR's Lulu Garcia Navarro talks to Brooke Gladstone, co-host of On The Media, about her new book, The Trouble with Reality: A Rumination on Moral Panic in Our Time.

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4 Romances To Kick Off Your Summer

NPR Books - Sun, 05/14/2017 - 04:00

The weather is warming, the flowers are blooming, and our fancies turn lightly to thoughts of ... well, some really good romance novels. Here are four delicious reads to make your Maytime merry.

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Newsbook: 3 Revelatory Books About the F.B.I.

New York Times Book Review - Sat, 05/13/2017 - 11:26
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is shrouded in secrecy. Here are three books that offer insider knowledge.
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Otis Redding's 'Unfinished Life' Still Resonates

NPR Books - Sat, 05/13/2017 - 05:04

Nearly 50 years after his untimely death, Redding's influence as a spirit of soul music remains. Jonathan Gould, author of a new biography of the singer, explains why.

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'Are You Anybody?' Jeffrey Tambor Chronicles A Lifetime In Acting

NPR Books - Sat, 05/13/2017 - 05:04

Tambor now stars as Maura, a divorced, transgender parent of three in the Amazon series Transparent. He says the opportunity — and the responsibility — of the role have been life changing.

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Harold Evans Makes Himself Clear: No More Passive Voice

NPR Books - Sat, 05/13/2017 - 04:05

Celebrated newspaper editor Harold Evans sees a lot of linguistic fog around us: murky words and too much passive voice. His new book, Do I Make Myself Clear? is a passionate call for better writing.

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'A Face Like Glass' Is A Magical, Perfectly Ticking Machine Of A Tale

NPR Books - Sat, 05/13/2017 - 04:00

Frances Hardinge's new novel is set in a wondrous underground city where crafts can be magic and the people are born with faces like blank canvas; they must purchase each new expression at great cost.

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Inside the List: A Different Kind of Sports Novel

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 05/12/2017 - 12:19
Hockey, long frozen out of the fiction best-seller list, gets its due in Fredrik Backman’s “Beartown.”
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The Power Of Genes, And The Line Between Biology And Destiny

NPR Books - Fri, 05/12/2017 - 11:26

Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee says genetics play a significant role in identity, temperament, sexual orientation and disease risk — but that environment also matters. Originally broadcast May 15, 2016.

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Children’s Books: Bookshelf: Friendships and Fables Soar in New Children’s Books

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 05/12/2017 - 09:52
New picture books about birds include the tale of a pigeon in the subway, a history of falconry and the hopeful story of a bird-loving Syrian refugee boy.
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Children’s Books: Bookshelf: Clothes Get Kids Acting Out

New York Times Book Review - Fri, 05/12/2017 - 09:35
Kids act up in new picture books about wearing a gorilla suit, refusing to change your pants, and the joy of not wearing clothes at all.
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