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'End Of The Tour': An Unauthorized 'Anti-Biopic' Of David Foster Wallace

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 2:55am

Instead of telling the author's life story, the film (which the Wallace estate does not approve of) focuses on five days in 1996 during the publicity tour for Infinite Jest.

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A Path From 'Blackout' Drunkenness To Sobriety And Self-Acceptance

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 1:24pm

Writer Sarah Hepola once got so drunk before giving a presentation to 300 people that she didn't remember it the next day. In Blackout, her memoir, Hepola wrestles with her reasons for drinking.

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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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An Airborne Adventurer's Journey In 'Circling The Sun'

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 8:03am

The author of The Paris Wife is back with another novelized memoir, this time of pioneering aviator (and all-around adventurer) Beryl Markham, the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean east to west.

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'Crooked' Nixon Knew: There Are Worse Things Than Nukes

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 5:03am

Austin Grossman's new novel is half Lovecraftian horror, half thoughtful character study of a President Nixon who's in charge of an alternate America built not on democracy, but on dark magic.

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A Rage For The Ages: The Unforgettable 'Pine Tar Game'

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 4:03pm

In the 1983 game, the Yankees were holding a trump card: an obscure rule that turned the Royals' game-winning home run into a game-loser, inspiring one of the most epic tantrums in baseball history.

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'Jane Eyre' Retelling Swaps English Countryside For Bustling City Streets

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 5:32am

Patricia Park's novel, Re Jane, is a retelling of Charlotte Bronte's classic Jane Eyre set in modern-day New York and South Korea. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with author Jean Kwok about Park's novel.

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Women's Comics Are Surfing The Crowd

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 5:03am

It's no secret that women are getting more prominent in the world of comics. But some women are tired of waiting for mainstream attention: They're turning to crowdfunding to get their projects done.

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In This Twist On Tricky Dick's History, A President's Secrets Can Save Us

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 3:45am

In Crooked, novelist Austin Grossman excuses Richard Nixon's rocky political career in the weirdest ways possible — by reimagining the former president as a warrior against supernatural forces.

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50 Years Ago, Bob Dylan Electrified A Decade With One Concert

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 3:12pm

It's been 50 years since Bob Dylan strolled on stage at the Newport Folk Festival, plugged in an electric guitar, and infuriated his flock. Historian Elijah Wald says there's much more to the story.

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An Unlikely Pair Form A Wily Duo In 'Crooked Heart'

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 5:47am

An orphan boy becomes friends with the scheming woman who takes him in in Lissa Evans' new novel, Crooked Heart. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with her about her WWII-era novel.

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In 'Wondering Who You Are,' A Man Wakes Up And Doesn't Know His Wife

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 3:35am

Sonya Lea and her husband Richard Bandy had been married for more than 20 years when he had to have an operation for a rare cancer. Since then, he's been piecing together the puzzle of his past.

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Searching For The Golden Snitch At First European Quidditch Games

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 2:59pm

NPR's Melissa Block talks to tournament director Karen Kumaki about the inaugural Quidditch European Games, taking place this weekend in Sarteano, Italy.

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