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Book News: Artist, Falconer And Neurosurgeon Make Costa Award Shortlist

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 8:31am

With 20 nominees across five categories, it's little surprise that the Costa Book Award shortlists prove eclectic. Also: A remembrance of the late novelist and transgender activist Leslie Feinberg.

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'Unspeakable' Gives Voice To Things We All Think, But Don't Say

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 5:03am

Meghan Daum's essay collection is intensely personal, but also universal. Critic Tomas Hachard says that on a deep level, it's about the process of growing up and deciding whether to conform or rebel.

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Norman Lear Looks Back On His Long Life In 'Even This I Get To Experience'

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 1:33pm

Lear, who co-created All In The Family, has written a new memoir at the age of 92. He tells Fresh Air about getting involved in politics and how his storylines addressed subjects like racism.

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How A Feud Between Two Russian Companies Fueled A 'Spam Nation'

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 1:33pm

Brian Krebs' new book tells the story of how two companies groomed spammers, and then destroyed each other. In the process, Krebs got access to documents that illuminated how cybercriminals operate.

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Book News: Jonathan Franzen's New Novel Poised For September Release

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 8:42am

The book, titled Purity, promises an expansive sprawl and familiar themes, but also a few stylistic experiments. Meanwhile, Texas gears up for a hearing and final vote on much-debated textbooks.

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A 'Garden' Full Of Dazzling, Whimsical Tales

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 5:03am

Young Woman in a Garden brings together 24 previously published short stories by the fantasy fabulist Delia Sherman. Reviewer Jason Heller says it's full of dazzle and heart, with a dark edge.

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Take It In: 'Vape' Is The Oxford Dictionaries Word Of The Year

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 5:12pm

The growing popularity of e-cigarettes sparked the notice of the Oxford Dictionaries, which chose "vape" as the word of the year for 2014. It beat out contenders such as "bae" and "normcore."

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Bill Cosby's Silence On Rape Allegations Makes Huge Media Noise

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 3:00pm

Bill Cosby's silence when asked by an NPR anchor about rape allegations made big media news. The ongoing controversy may also hint at a generational divide between his fans and his latest critics.

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An In-Depth Look At The U.S. Cyber War, The Military Alliance And Its Pitfalls

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 11:18am

In the book @War, Shane Harris reports that U.S. intelligence agencies, sometimes aided by corporations, are trying to dominate cyberspace. It's "changing the Internet in fundamental ways," he says.

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Book News: Mo'ne Davis Steps From The Pitcher's Mound Into Memoir

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 8:32am

The teen pitcher, who made history at the Little League World Series, will tell her story in a book to be released in March. Also: R.A. Montgomery, an innovator in interactive reading, dies at age 78.

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Tweet In The Holiday With Recipes On Twitter

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 3:11am

Test your ability to tweet a recipe in 140 characters or less. Amateur cook and writer Maureen Evans tells us how she manages to do that, and breaks down her code in her Twitter cookbook, Eat Tweet.

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For One Essayist, 'The Unspeakable' Isn't Off-Limits

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 4:47pm

Meghan Daum's new collection looks at life in that awkward stage of adulthood that comes before you'd call yourself middle-aged. "Are we in the twilight of youth?" she asks. "That sounds not good."

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Today's Fairy Tales Started Out (Even More) Dark And Harrowing

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 6:07am

Evil figures prominently in favorite bedtime stories. But a new translation of the first edition of the Brothers Grimm's tales reveals exactly how unsanitized and murderous these stories once were.

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The King Of Housewives Dishes Pop Culture's Delightful Dirt

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 6:07am

Pop culture juggernaut Andy Cohen has written a new memoir, The Andy Cohen Diaries. He speaks to NPR's Rachel Martin about why celebrity fascinates him and how he went from journalism to reality TV.

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Back To The Future — The Grim, Grimy, Chrome-Coated Future

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 5:03am

Richard Kadrey's first novel, the cyberpunk cult classic Metrophage, has been reissued. Critic Jason Sheehan calls this tale of dystopian L.A. "a time capsule from the chrome-and-neon literary past."

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'Operation Sea Lion' Is A Flawed But Fascinating Look At WWII

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 5:03am

Historian Leo McKinstry sheds new light on the British home front and the failure of Nazi invasion plans, but reviewer J.P. O'Malley says the book is marred by a jingoistic nostalgia for the Empire.

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Family Film Offers Glimpse Of 'Three Minutes In Poland' Before Holocaust

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 2:37am

In 1938, Glenn Kurtz's grandfather went on vacation and filmed a few minutes of footage of his Polish hometown. Seventy years later, his grandson set out to find the people who appeared in that film.

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Soldiers, Spies, Cyberwarriors: '@War' In The Internet Age

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 3:04pm

"One if by land, two if by sea" wouldn't work these days — not when your adversary can knock out your power grid with an team of cyberforces. Today's armies have a new front to monitor.

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Shriver Finds Wisdom Among The Intellectually Disabled

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 5:48am

Timothy Shriver's new memoir is a look at the inspirational people he met as chairman of the Special Olympics. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Shriver about his book, Fully Alive.

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A Journey Through The History Of American Food In 100 Bites

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 5:48am

Thomas Jefferson loved macaroni and cheese so much he brought it home to Virginia from Europe. The American Plate reveals these and other stories behind America's most beloved foods.

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