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In Winter, Keeping Warm With Beloved Books

16 hours 36 min ago

Critic Juan Vidal says winter is a time for turning inwards and warding off the chill with your favorite books, the ones you return to over and over again when the days get shorter and snow closes in.

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For A Taste Of Grimdark, Visit The 'Land Fit For Heroes'

16 hours 36 min ago

Richard K. Morgan's epic sword-and-planet (and alien technology) Land Fit For Heroes series is a good introduction to grimdark, a subgenre that aims to show the gritty underside of fantasy fiction.

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In 'Dear Father,' A Poet Disrupts The 'Cycle Of Pain'

17 hours 10 min ago

J. Ivy says his father grew up in pain and passed that pain on to the next generation. In his new book, he says that forgiveness is an ongoing act — and you must constantly remember to forgive again.

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'Driving The King' A Story Long In The Works

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 3:02pm

Driving The King is a fictionalized account of the adventures of Nat King Cole and his bodyguard driver. Author Ravi Howard says the idea was planted long ago.

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Huckabee Serves Up 'God, Guns' And A Dose Of Controversy

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 3:02pm

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee sees America as divided into "Bubble-ville" and "Bubba-ville," a cultural split he describes in his new book, Gods, Guns, Grits, and Gravy.

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Why A Black Man's Murder Often Goes Unpunished In Los Angeles

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 6:42am

From witnesses to reluctant gang members, Jill Leovy says, "everybody's terrified." Her book, Ghettoside, uses the story of one murder to explore the city's low arrest rate when black men are killed.

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Two Outcasts Form An Artistic Bond In 'Mr. Mac And Me'

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 5:59am

Painter's daughter Esther Freud weaves her own experiences into the story of a lonely little boy in a British seacoast town, who befriends the great Art Nouveau designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

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Do You Have To Read 'Frog?' No, But You Might Want To

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 5:03am

Reviewer Jason Sheehan says Mo Yan's Frog is not without issues, but still offers a thoughtful tale of a dark era in modern Chinese history, touched with humor and occasional magic.

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When Pop Broke Up With Jazz

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 2:35pm

For the first half of the 20th century, Tin Pan Alley songwriters like Irving Berlin and the Gershwins dominated pop music. By the the 1950s, tastes had changed, and the music changed with them.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of January 22, 2015

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 2:03pm

After obsessively observing a "perfect couple" every day on her commute, Rachel Watson sees something dark that forces her to get involved. Paula Hawkin's The Girl on the Train debuts at No. 2.

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In The World's 'Sixth Extinction,' Are Humans The Asteroid?

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:20am

Scientists think an asteroid killed the dinosaurs. In today's extinction, humans are the culprit. Originally broadcast Feb. 12, 2014.

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Debate: Is Amazon The Reader's Friend?

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 2:01pm

Two teams of editors and writers, including best-selling author Scott Turow, face off over Amazon's influence over the publishing industry, in the latest debate from Intelligence Squared U.S.

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Delicious Short Stories, Ripe On The Vine In 'Honeydew'

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 10:03am

Reviewer Alan Cheuse has rapturous praise for Edith Pearlman's new story collection: "The first thing I wanted to do after finishing was, well, I wanted to go right back and start from the beginning."

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The Vastness Of Violent Loss In 'See How Small'

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 5:03am

Scott Blackwood's new novel, based on a real murder case, follows a community rocked by the slaying of three teenage girls. Reviewer Michael Schaub calls it "brutal, necessary and near perfect."

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The Past, Present And Future Of High-Stakes Testing

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 1:39am

Steve Inskeep talks with NPR Ed's Anya Kamenetz about her book, The Test: Why Our Schools Are Obsessed with Standardized Testing — But You Don't Have to Be.

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Bulgakov's 'Master' Still Strikes A Chord In Today's Russia

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 12:16pm

Russian author Mikhail Bulgakov's classic, The Master and Margarita, ridiculed Soviet leaders and bureaucracy. It wasn't published until 27 years after his death, but it still resonates with Russians.

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'The B-Side' Sings A Sad, Sad Song

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 8:03am

Ben Yagoda uses the battle between music licensing organizations ASCAP and BMI to sketch out a broader lament about the long fade-out of the American Songbook and the segue to modern pop music.

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A Cool, Painstaking Account Of A Difficult Past In 'Fatherland'

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 5:03am

Nina Bunjevac tackles two troublesome subjects in Fatherland: Her Serbian nationalist father, and the occasionally violent, extremist history of his country — all in a controlled, icy-cool style.

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Book Review: 'The Jaguar's Children' By John Vaillant

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 2:26pm

Alan Cheuse reviews The Jaguar's Children by John Vaillant.

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In 'The Evil Hours,' A Journalist Shares His Struggle With PTSD

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 12:01pm

While embedded with troops in Iraq, David Morris almost died when a Humvee he was riding in ran over a roadside bomb. His book explores the history and science of post-traumatic stress disorder.

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