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As First Black American NHL Player, Enforcer Was Defenseless Against Racism

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 7:41pm

Val James became the first American-born black player in the NHL in 1982. He faced vicious racism, including fans throwing bananas on the ice. After 30 years in silence, he is talking about it now.

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'Don't Be Afraid Of The Bullets' A Memoir Of Reporting In Yemen

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 2:52pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to journalist Laura Kasinof about her memoir on her experience reporting in Yemen during the Arab Spring called, Don't Be Afraid of the Bullets.

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'Don't Be Afraid Of The Bullets' A Memoir Of Reporting In Yemen

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 2:52pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to journalist Laura Kasinof about her memoir on her experience reporting in Yemen during the Arab Spring called, Don't Be Afraid of the Bullets.

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Remembering Bertrice Small, One Of The Original 'Avon Ladies'

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 2:51pm

Small, who died this week at 77, was one of a group of authors who helped transform romance in the 1970s from a relatively tame, demure genre to the bold, bawdy books that sell by the millions today.

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From Naked Mole Rats To Dog Testicles: A Writer Explores The Longevity Quest

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 12:38pm

"Nature knows how to let animals live a very long time," says Bill Gifford, whose latest book is Spring Chicken, a look at the history of anti-aging schemes and current ways people try to live longer.

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From Naked Mole Rats To Dog Testicles: A Writer Explores The Longevity Quest

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 12:38pm

"Nature knows how to let animals live a very long time," says Bill Gifford, whose latest book is Spring Chicken, a look at the history of anti-aging schemes and current ways people try to live longer.

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Please Fill In This Form In Triplicate Before You Read 'Utopia Of Rules'

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 8:16am

In The Utopia of Rules, David Graeber argues that we live in an "age of total bureaucratization." Reviewer Tomas Hachard says in places the book is almost as serpentine as modern bureaucracy.

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Please Fill In This Form In Triplicate Before You Read 'Utopia Of Rules'

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 8:16am

In The Utopia of Rules, David Graeber argues that we live in an "age of total bureaucratization." Reviewer Tomas Hachard says in places the book is almost as serpentine as modern bureaucracy.

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It's All Charm and Wolves In 'The Turnip Princess'

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 5:03am

Once upon a time, a historian went hunting for fairy tales. He found hundreds, but his collection was long thought lost. But now they've been found, and several are reprinted in The Turnip Princess.

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It's All Charm and Wolves In 'The Turnip Princess'

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 5:03am

Once upon a time, a historian went hunting for fairy tales. He found hundreds, but his collection was long thought lost. But now they've been found, and several are reprinted in The Turnip Princess.

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'Darker Shade' Paints A Fantasy World Rich In Depth And Color

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 8:03am

V.E. Schwab devotes a chunk of her new novel to developing a compelling vision of an alternate, magical London. But reviewer Tasha Robinson says it's the multilayered characters that make the book.

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The 1970s, Warts (And More Warts) In 'Inner City Romance'

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 5:03am

Underground cartoonist Guy Colwell's dyspeptic chronicle of the 1970s captures a decade when idealism was out of style. Reviewer Etelka Lehoczky says Colwell's style is uneven but at times beautiful.

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After His Brother's Suicide, Writer Seeks Comfort In 'All The Wrong Places'

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 12:27pm

In his new memoir, Philip Connors writes about "living in the shadow of a suicide." Wracked by guilt and haunted by what-ifs, Connors investigated his brother's death and learned a terrible secret.

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After His Brother's Suicide, Writer Seeks Comfort In 'All The Wrong Places'

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 12:27pm

In his new memoir, Philip Connors writes about "living in the shadow of a suicide." Wracked by guilt and haunted by what-ifs, Connors investigated his brother's death and learned a terrible secret.

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'Lucky Alan' Thumbs Its Nose At Convention

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 5:03am

Jonathan Lethem's darkly comic sensibilities are on full display in his slim new story collection, Lucky Alan. Reviewer Michael Schaub says it isn't Lethem's best — but it's still a solid read.

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Family Secrets — And Mango Chutney — In 'Don't Let Him Know'

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 1:43am

Longtime Morning Edition commentator Sandip Roy has written a new novel, propelled by family secrets, which crisscrosses back and forth between the two "Cals" in his life: California and Calcutta.

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Family Secrets — And Mango Chutney — In 'Don't Let Him Know'

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 1:43am

Longtime Morning Edition commentator Sandip Roy has written a new novel, propelled by family secrets, which crisscrosses back and forth between the two "Cals" in his life: California and Calcutta.

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