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'Strange Practice:' The Doctor Is In

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 04:00

In Strange Practice, Vivian Shaw kicks off a new series about Dr. Greta Helsing, descendant of the famous Professor Abraham Van Helsing and general practitioner to the ghouls and ghasts of London.

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The Enduring Legacy Of Jane Austen's 'Truth Universally Acknowledged'

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 11:09

Linguist Geoff Nunberg describes the opening sentence to Pride and Prejudice as a "masterpiece of indirection" that is frequently repurposed, but whose irony is never matched.

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'The World Broke In Two': Four Writers, One Transformational Year

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 11:00

Using excerpts from letters and diaries, historian and critic Bill Goldstein follows writers Virginia Woolf, E. M. Forster, D. H. Lawrence and T. S. Eliot through the tumultuous literary year of 1922.

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Wesley Snipes' Debut Novel Explores Damnation And Salvation

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 08:18

The acclaimed actor's new book is fantasy fiction with heavy religious themes.

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'Game Of Thrones' Season 7, Episode 2: 'You're A Dragon. Be A Dragon'

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 00:30

In "Stormborn," lots of long-hoarded information was finally shared, and in a massive sea battle, buckles got gruesomely swashed.

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A Veteran TV News Anchor Pens A Prescient Novel In 'Amanda Wakes Up'

Sun, 07/23/2017 - 05:05

Alisyn Camerota's book is about a political newcomer fresh from Hollywood facing off against a female senator. But 2016 similarities aside, the CNN anchor says she wrote it long before the election.

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'Caesar's Last Breath' Is A Breezy History Of Our Atmosphere

Sun, 07/23/2017 - 04:00

Sam Kean's funny, conversational new book reminds us not to take the air we breathe for granted — our atmosphere can tell stories about everything from dinosaurs and Julius Caesar to space flight.

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Samantha Hunt On Her Short Stories In 'The Dark Dark'

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 05:08

NPR's Scott Simon talks with acclaimed novelist Samantha Hunt about her first book of short stories, The Dark Dark, which explores the fantastical and the sorrowful in everyday life.

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Yes, Some Comics Are For Kids — And They're Big Business

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 05:08

What's the best way to get people reading comics? Hook 'em young. And comics for early readers are booming — even big publishers like DC, famed for grim and gritty, are getting in on the action.

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Life Lessons (With Zombies) In 'Minecraft: The Island'

Sat, 07/22/2017 - 04:00

Max Brooks' latest novel is set in the world of the popular video game Minecraft — and once you get past that, it has a lot of valuable ideas for young readers, cleverly disguised with plenty of fun.

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The Un-Pretty History Of Georgia's Iconic Peach

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 05:00

The state isn't the biggest producer of the pink-orange fruit. So why are Georgia peaches so iconic? The answer has a lot to do with slavery — its end and a need for the South to rebrand itself.

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2 Smart New Novels Find Humor In Fantasies Of Escape

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 10:58

These terrific comic novels — The Last Laugh by Lynn Freed and Who Is Rich? by Matthew Klam — will have you laughing at the many ways we all try to run away from the realities of life.

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In 'Fetch,' A Memorial To A Beloved Dog Raises Hard Questions

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 04:00

Do you deserve your pets? Do you deserve the people in your life? In her new graphic memoir, Nicole Georges suggests the two questions are closely related — and you may not like the answers.

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The Poet Bao Phi, On Creating A 'Guidebook' For Young Asian-Americans

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 04:00

When Bao Phi was a child, there was little literature about Vietnamese refugees in the U.S. Phi hopes to change that with his new poetry book Thousand Star Hotel and a forthcoming children's book.

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Collaborator Says Sendak Would Be 'Jumping For Joy' Over New Publication

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 14:16

More than 20 years ago, Maurice Sendak and Arthur Yorinks collaborated on a book called Presto and Zesto in Limboland. But they were both busy with other projects, and never bothered to publish it.

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Billy Bragg On Skiffle, The Movement That Brought Guitar To British Radio

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 12:13

The singer describes skiffle as "a bunch of British school boys in the mid '50s playing Lead Belly's repertoire ... on acoustic guitars." Bragg's new book is Roots, Radicals And Rockers.

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We All Live In The Dark, But Some Of Us Live In 'The Dark Dark'

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 04:00

Samantha Hunt's new story collection dissects the unique strangeness of women's lives, mixing eerie fantasy with solid literary sensibility and a knack for strange and lovely set pieces.

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London Literally Stank In The Summer Of 1858 — Just Ask Dickens And Darwin

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 14:52

In One Hot Summer, historian Rosemary Ashton follows Charles Dickens, Charles Darwin and Benjamin Disraeli through an unpleasant couple of months — as the River Thames flowed with hot, smelly sewage.

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It Is A Truth Universally Acknowledged That Jane Austen Pairs Well With Tea

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 12:21

Pinkies up, Janeites! We mark the bicentennial of Austen's death with a look at her relationship with a beloved cuppa.

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Inside The 'Shakespearean Irony' Of Trump And Bannon's Relationship

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 11:27

Author Joshua Green says that although Steve Bannon was instrumental to Donald Trump's election, it now appears that the president lacks the ability to implement Bannon's nationalist vision.

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