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Book News: What Are The World's Best New Novels? Libraries Weigh In

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 6:00am

Also: Aleksandar Hemon and Teju Cole in conversation; Mary Cheever has died; Ian McEwan's new book.

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Glossy As Film, This Handbook Was Made For The Multiplex

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 5:03am

John Lago is a killer intern — and, as it turns out, an actual killer. In The Intern's Handbook, Shane Kuhn tells his story in a fashion fit for a summer blockbuster, both for better and for worse.

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Embracing Atheism After A Wild Journey To Find God

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:52am

Author Barbara Ehrenreich is known for her work on poverty and other social issues. But her latest book, Living with a Wild God, reveals how she became an atheist.

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The New Age: Leaving Behind Everything, Or Nothing At All

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:21am

Older generations might have left behind physical letters, photographs and journals. But much of that is digital now. Saving and organizing it all is a new challenge for librarians and writers alike.

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Kima Jones, On Black Bodies And Being A Black Woman Who Writes

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 7:20am

In her poetry, Kima Jones explores racial and sexual identity in the modern world — and the future. Nostalgic and assertive, her work revolves around a recurrent protagonist: the person of color.

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Book News: Archie Comics Is Going To Kill Off Archie

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 5:16am

Also: Artist Damien Hirst will write an autobiography; Gabriel Garcia Marquez has left the Mexico hospital where he was being treated for a lung infection.

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'Astonish Me' Is An Artful, Elegant Dance

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 5:03am

Maggie Shipstead's latest is named after Sergei Diaghilev's famous admonition to his dancers. Reviewer Annalisa Quinn says that, while not astonishing, it's a "lemon tart of a book, lovely and neat."

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In This 'Almanac,' Fiction Makes The Best Time Machine

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 2:59pm

The new Time Traveler's Almanac is a vast collection of chronological chronicles. Co-editor Ann VanderMeer says she was surprised to find that most time travelers just want to fix their love lives.

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Coming Out In Basketball: How Brittney Griner Found 'A Place Of Peace'

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 12:45pm

At 23, Griner is one of the best female basketball players in the world — and now she's also an author. In a new memoir, she discusses being bullied as a kid and coming out as a lesbian in college.

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A Nonbeliever Tries To Make Sense Of The Visions She Had As A Teen

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 11:37am

Barbara Ehrenreich — a rationalist, atheist and scientist by training — has written a new memoir called Living With a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything.

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For Poetry Month, We're Taking To Twitter — And We Want Your Help

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 11:23am

April is National Poetry Month, and as part of Code Switch's celebration, we'd like to make a poem with the help of our readers. Poet Kima Jones will be curating lines of verse you submit on Twitter.

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Book News: Donna Tartt, Jhumpa Lahiri On Baileys Prize Shortlist

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 5:38am

Also: Walter Isaacson is writing a book about the Internet age; one of Harvard's best-known examples of anthropodermic bibliopegy – binding books with human skin – is actually bound in animal skin.

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In 'Paradise,' Finding Understanding In The Ruins Of Horror

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 5:03am

The late Peter Matthiessen's last novel follows a fractious group of attendees at an Auschwitz memorial conference as they bear witness to one of history's greatest atrocities.

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Peter Matthiessen On Writing And Zen Buddhism

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 12:02pm

Fresh Air listens back to our 1989 interview with Snow Leopard author and Paris Review co-founder Peter Matthiessen, who died Saturday at age 86. His new novel In Paradise comes out Tuesday.

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If Jesus Never Called Himself God, How Did He Become One?

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:42am

In How Jesus Became God, Bart Ehrman explores how a Jewish preacher from Galilee was transformed into a deity. "Jesus himself didn't call himself God and didn't consider himself God," Ehrman says.

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Book News: CIA Tried To Use 'Doctor Zhivago' To Weaken The USSR

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 6:43am

Also: Tracy Chevalier will write a novel inspired by Shakespeare's Othello; the best books coming out this week.

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In Book's Trial Of U.S. Justice System, Wealth Gap Is Exhibit A

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 3:30pm

Journalist Matt Taibbi investigates the differences between punishment for white-collar and blue-collar crimes in The Divide. He also questions beliefs about who is "appropriate for jail."

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Peter Matthiessen, Co-Founder Of The Paris Review, Dies At 86

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 8:33am

Matthiessen was a spy, a naturalist, a well-regarded activist and a three-time winner of the National Book Award — for both fiction and nonfiction. He died of acute myeloid leukemia.

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Peter Matthiessen Dies At 86; Wrote Of Travels In The Natural World

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 6:26am

Author Peter Matthiessen, who used fiction and nonfiction to explore how man relates to nature, has died at 86. The revered naturalist and novelist had been suffering from leukemia.

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Under Scrutiny, Teen Learned Defiance From 'President's Daughter'

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 5:03am

Years after she first read and adored Ellen Emerson White's series of young adult novels, author Tova Mirvis still finds herself wondering, "What would Meg Powers do?"

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