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Book News: Agatha Christie And The Secret Of The Lost Lockbox Jewels

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 5:28am

Long hidden in a common trunk, Christie's family jewelry is now heading to auction. And the day's secrets don't end there: J.K. Rowling also stirred Twitter with a cryptic hint about her new book.

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'Ancillary Sword' Examines Life On The Fringes Of A Galactic Empire

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 5:03am

Ann Leckie's eagerly awaited sequel to last year's Ancillary Justice quickly wraps up dangling plot threads, and sends heroine Breq on a brand new adventure, this time at the helm of her own ship.

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Security Lapses Trigger Questions About What Secret Service Agents Do

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 3:06am

The lapses by the elite presidential detail shined a spotlight on the agency. What does an agent do in a day? To find out, Rachel Martin talks to ex-agent Dan Emmett, author of Within Arms Length.

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Panetta: Fight Against Terrorism Will Be A Long, Sustained War

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 3:06am

In a new memoir, Leon Panetta says he and other presidential advisers argued to leave some U.S. forces in Iraq after 2011. That might have left Iraq in better position to fight ISIS, he tells NPR.

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The Unadaptable 'Curious Incident' Gets A Stage Adaptation

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 1:17am

Author Mark Haddon never imagined The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time would work as a play — he judged his writing by its unadaptability. But now it is one, and critics are loving it.

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Historian: FDR Was The Last Great President. Let's Never Have Another.

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 2:26pm

In his new book, The End of Greatness, historian Aaron David Miller argues the nation might be better off without any more truly great presidents — or the national crises that produce them.

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'Florence Gordon' Isn't Friend Material, But You'll Appreciate Her

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 1:33pm

Brian Morton's novel features a 75-year-old woman — an icon of the Second Wave Women's Movement — who's a self-described "difficult woman." It's a witty, nuanced and ultimately moving novel.

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How The Cold War And George Orwell Helped Make The Internet What It Is

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 1:30pm

In The Innovators, Walter Isaacson explains that Pentagon officials wanted a system the Russians couldn't attack, and 1984 made the public wary of new technology's Big Brother potential.

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Book News: Murakami Drops A New Story, Just As Nobel Week Begins

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 5:11am

In "Scheherazade," he tells the tale of a captive listener — in more ways than one. Also: A big week to come includes the Nobel Prize announcement, "Super Thursday" and several notable books.

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The Forgotten Female Programmers Who Created Modern Tech

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 1:28am

The Innovators, Walter Isaacson's new book, tells the stories of the people who created modern computers. Women, who are now a minority in computer science, played an outsize role in that history.

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A 'Post-Post-Colonial' Take On The Violent Birth Of Modern Jamaica

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 3:36pm

Marlon James' latest novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings, is not brief, and it contains many more than seven deaths. It's a portrait of Jamaica in the '70s, when gang warfare and reggae reigned.

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'Outpost': Stories Of Diplomacy In The World's Most Harrowing Places

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 5:57am

Former Ambassador Christopher Hill has written his memoir, Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks to Hill about his tenure as a diplomat in Iraq.

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For Her First Trilogy, Jane Smiley Returns To Iowa, 'Where The Roots Are'

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 5:57am

Smiley used to live in Iowa and says something about the place still pulls on her imagination. Her new book, Some Luck, begins on a family farm in 1920.

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This 'Book Of Witches' Casts A Fascinating, Sobering Spell

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 5:03am

A new Penguin compendium of documents relating to three centuries of witch trials lays the blame on fractured communities and cruel governments — and draws unsettling parallels to current events.

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Deciphering The 'Priestly Mumbo-Jumbo' Of The Financial World

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 3:56am

If you're mystified by terms like "Libor," "stagflation" and "Grexit," you should pick up John Lanchester's new book, How To Speak Money, which aims to untangle the tortured language of finance.

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