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'The Cartel' Is A True Crime Adventure With A Killer Protagonist

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 5:03am

With the "pace and feel of an exploded documentary," says review Alan Cheuse, Don Winslow recounts a 10-year odyssey of revenge set in Mexico against the stark history of the drug wars.

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BuzzFeed's Saeed Jones Recommends Books Of Transformation For Summer

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 2:54pm

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Saeed Jones, literary editor at BuzzFeed, about his picks for summer reading. He recommends books where a character goes on some sort of journey.

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Algerian Writer Kamel Daoud Stands Camus' 'The Stranger' On Its Head

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 11:45am

In his first novel, The Meursault Investigation, Kamel Daoud retells The Stranger from an Arab perspective. John Powers says Daoud's retelling will forever change the way you read the Camus classic.

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Could The Masterpiece Be A Fake? Profit, Revenge And 'The Art Of Forgery'

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 11:45am

The art world is "fertile ground for criminals," says art scholar Noah Charney. In his new book, The Art of Forgery, he traces a tradition of fakes and forgeries that dates back to the Renaissance.

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Like A Velvet Glove Cast In Iron, 'Eightball' Will Knock You Out

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 8:08am

Daniel Clowes is one of the greatest artists in modern comics, and now his seminal '90s work is out in a deluxe box set — not just Ghost World but his fascinatingly autobiographical gripe sessions.

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Carnivals, Curses And Mermaids Fall Slightly Flat In 'Speculation'

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 5:03am

Erika Swyler's generous yet somewhat disappointing debut follows a young man and a mysterious book — but despite rich language and observations, it suffers from going in too many directions at once.

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