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Fat Is Not A Four-Letter Word In 'Dietland'

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 5:03am

There are different kinds of fat people in literature — funny or comforting, sometimes despicable. But Sarai Walker's Dietland gives us a new fat protagonist — complex, compelling and dangerous.

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Author Margaret Atwood Contributes Manuscript To Future Library

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 3:04am

As part of the Future Library project, Margaret Atwood's Scribbler Moon will not be read until 2114. Trees, that will be made into paper for that text, were planted last year in Norway.

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Sip It Slowly, And Other Lessons From The Oldest Tea Book In The World

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 3:40pm

Over 800 years before tea was known in the West, a Chinese master penned the The Classic of Tea. In it, he blends the practical with the spiritual and emphasizes rituals from cultivation to drinking.

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Prolific Fantasy And Science-Fiction Writer Tanith Lee Has Died

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 2:00pm

Lee wrote dozens of books, including Don't Bite The Sun and Death's Master -- the latter of which was part of her popular Flat Earth series. She was 67.

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A Neurosurgeon Reflects On The 'Awe And Mystery' Of The Brain

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 12:30pm

In his memoir Do No Harm, Henry Marsh confesses to the uncertainties he's dealt with as a surgeon, revisits his triumphs and failures and reflects on the enigmas of the brain and consciousness.

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Lovely Illustrations From The Story Of A Black Boy Who Dreams Of Going To Mars

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 10:39am

The authors — who are black and queer — didn't see a lot of kids like them in children's books growing up. They wanted to help change that.

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Learning To Love, And Forgive, In Brilliant 'Day'

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 5:03am

Mat Johnson's funny, humane new novel follows a biracial man coming to terms with his identity — and the daughter he never knew about. Michael Schaub calls it a "beautiful, triumphant miracle."

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Post-Ron Swanson, Nick Offerman Has The 'Gumption' To Be Himself

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 4:10pm

"I've never accused myself of being manly," Offerman says, noting his real-life persona is different from his Parks and Recreation character. His book is a set of essays about people who inspire him.

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Novelist Mat Johnson Explores The 'Optical Illusion' Of Being Biracial

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 5:27am

Johnson, the son of an African-American mother and an Irish-American father, has just written Loving Day, a funny, sometimes absurd look at what it means to grow up mixed heritage in the U.S.

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Friendship, Magic And Danger Blossom In 'Uprooted'

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 5:03am

Naomi Novik's latest is a reworked "Beauty and the Beast," with a powerful female friendship at its heart. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar calls it "moving, heartbreaking, and thoroughly satisfying."

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This Weekend, Navigate The Changing World Of 'Vikram Lall'

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 3:45am

M.G. Vassanji's book, The In-Between World of Vikram Lall, wrestles with questions of identity in a story about a young Indian boy coming of age in 1950s Kenya, a time of great political unrest.

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What If The Drought Doesn't End? 'The Water Knife' Is One Possibility

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 7:48pm

It's Chinatown meets Mad Max in writer Paolo Bacigalupi's new desert dystopia, filled with climate refugees, powerful state border patrols, and secret agents called water knives.

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'Mislaid' Punctures Notions Of Gender And Race

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 5:54am

In Nell Zink's new book, Mislaid, a young woman marries her male professor. It's 1965. She likes women; he likes men. What follows is a biting satire about gender, race and sexuality.

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'Dietland': A 'Fight Club' For Women That Reclaims The Word 'Fat'

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 5:54am

Sarai Walker's new novel centers on Alicia "Plum" Kettle, a 20-something writer who's saving up for weight loss surgery when she joins an underground feminist collective.

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The Fireworks Of 'Illusionarium' Never Quite Feel Real

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 5:03am

Heather Dixon's novel is a rough roller-coaster of magic and conspiracy, centered on a boy battling a deadly plague. Reviewer Tasha Robinson says it seems more like a movie treatment than a book.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of May 21, 2015

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 2:03pm

Things That Matter, a collection of essays from conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer, appears at No. 9.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of May 21, 2015

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 2:03pm

Ruth Reichl tells a story of food, love and redemption in Delicious!, which appears at No. 15.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of May 21, 2015

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 2:03pm

Photographer Sally Mann tells her family's history through images and words in Hold Still. It debuts at No. 8.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of May 21, 2015

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 2:03pm

In Anne Enright's The Green Road, Rosaleen Madigan's four grown children find themselves reunited under their mother's roof after she announces she's selling their childhood home. It debuts at No. 14.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of May 21, 2015

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 2:03pm

The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.

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