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'Barbara' Is Imperfect, Defiant And Wonderfully Human

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 8:03am

The characters in Lauren Holmes' debut story collection are more than words on a page, says reviewer Michael Schaub. They're fully, exasperatingly real, portrayed with charm but without pretension.

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'Baby' Is A Pretty Feat Of Misdirection

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 5:03am

Mary Kubica's new thriller follows a woman who takes in a runaway and her baby daughter. Reviewer Bethanne Patrick says it's a perfect setup — but the twists you expect aren't the ones that arrive.

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With 'Paper Towns,' Author John Green Reopens Search For Agloe, N.Y.

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 2:38pm

Agloe, N.Y., is not a town in any real sense. Instead, it's among a number of fakes that mapmakers planted to foil plagiarists. It inspired John Green to write his book (and now movie) Paper Towns.

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'Booker Dozen' Stirs In A Hefty Batch Of American Authors

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 10:28am

Thirteen novels are in the hunt for the Man Booker Prize, the U.K.'s biggest literary award. The Booker is open to Americans for only the second year, and this year's list pits rookies against titans.

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Peace, Love And Realness In A Hip-Hop History

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 8:03am

Cartoonist Ed Piskor has just put out the new book in his award-winning Hip Hop Family Tree series. It's an exhaustive, good-natured look at the birth of hip-hop that avoids the pitfall of voyeurism.

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Heartbreakers: Why Some Books Didn't Make The Final Romance List

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 5:03am

Not every submission to our big romance poll made it onto the list. Some books, while classics, have not aged well, some books were too new to judge, and some were lacking the crucial happy ending.

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Happy Ever After: 100 Swoon-Worthy Romances

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 5:03am

It's the NPR Books Summer of Love, so to celebrate, we asked our readers to nominate their favorite romances. And the results are in: 100 love stories to help every reader find a happy ever after.

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A Sense Of Self: What Happens When Your Brain Says You Don't Exist

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 11:17am

In his new book, The Man Who Wasn't There, Anil Ananthaswamy examines the ways people think of themselves — and how those perceptions can be distorted by certain brain conditions.

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