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Book News: Murakami Drops A New Story, Just As Nobel Week Begins

NPR Books - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 5:11am

In "Scheherazade," he tells the tale of a captive listener — in more ways than one. Also: A big week to come includes the Nobel Prize announcement, "Super Thursday" and several notable books.

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The Forgotten Female Programmers Who Created Modern Tech

NPR Books - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 1:28am

The Innovators, Walter Isaacson's new book, tells the stories of the people who created modern computers. Women, who are now a minority in computer science, played an outsize role in that history.

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A 'Post-Post-Colonial' Take On The Violent Birth Of Modern Jamaica

NPR Books - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 3:36pm

Marlon James' latest novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings, is not brief, and it contains many more than seven deaths. It's a portrait of Jamaica in the '70s, when gang warfare and reggae reigned.

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'Outpost': Stories Of Diplomacy In The World's Most Harrowing Places

NPR Books - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 5:57am

Former Ambassador Christopher Hill has written his memoir, Outpost: Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy. NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks to Hill about his tenure as a diplomat in Iraq.

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For Her First Trilogy, Jane Smiley Returns To Iowa, 'Where The Roots Are'

NPR Books - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 5:57am

Smiley used to live in Iowa and says something about the place still pulls on her imagination. Her new book, Some Luck, begins on a family farm in 1920.

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This 'Book Of Witches' Casts A Fascinating, Sobering Spell

NPR Books - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 5:03am

A new Penguin compendium of documents relating to three centuries of witch trials lays the blame on fractured communities and cruel governments — and draws unsettling parallels to current events.

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Deciphering The 'Priestly Mumbo-Jumbo' Of The Financial World

NPR Books - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 3:56am

If you're mystified by terms like "Libor," "stagflation" and "Grexit," you should pick up John Lanchester's new book, How To Speak Money, which aims to untangle the tortured language of finance.

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Granby Fire open house celebrates Fire Prevention Week

Local News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 4:29pm
Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on Oct. 8 but continued into and did most of its damage on Oct. 9, 1871. According to popular legend, the fire broke out after a cow — belonging to Mrs. Catherine O’Leary — kicked over a lamp, setting first the barn, then the whole city on fire. Chances are you’ve heard some version of this story yourself; people have been blaming …

Obituary: James (Jim) A. Kleeman

Local News - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 3:41pm
Survived by his wife Susan (Friedrich) Kleeman; his son, Stephen; his 5 sisters; 4 sister-in-law, and their families. Jim was an avid hunter and fisherman, winter sports enthusiast and enjoyed time spent with friends and family. Donations for Stephen’s Education Fund may be made to Liberty Savings, Granby office. A pig roast will be held Saturday, Oct. 4, at 2 p.m. at the residence located at 88 Lodgepole Road, County Road 6234, Granby. You can leave a condolence for the family there or at his web page at …

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Walter Isaacson’s ‘The Innovators’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 2:23pm
Mr. Isaacson discusses his new book, and John Branch talks about “Boy on Ice.”

ArtsBeat: Early Sherlock Holmes Film Discovered in Paris

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 10:42am
A 1916 silent film starring William Gillette as the detective was found in the archive of the Cinémathèque française.

Editors’ Choice

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 8:50am
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.

Paperback Row

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 8:43am
Paperback books of particular interest.

Crime: Archer Mayor's 'Proof Positive,' and More

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 8:37am
Archer Mayor’s “Proof Positive” is about the death of a reclusive hoarder, a photojournalist who had suffered a brain injury in Vietnam.

'Lovely, Dark, Deep,' by Joyce Carol Oates

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 8:37am
Thirteen stories explore the realities of advancing age and vitality on the decline.

'The Half Has Never Been Told,' by Edward E. Baptist

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 8:37am
A historian argues that the slave states were not a world apart but were crucial to American development.

‘The Impulse Society,’ by Paul Roberts

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 8:37am
What happens when instant gratification becomes the guiding force in our social, political and economic lives?

‘On Immunity,’ by Eula Biss

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 8:33am
Eula Biss examines the myth and metaphor surrounding immunization, as well as her personal choices as a mother.

‘Flirting With French,’ by William Alexander

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 8:32am
Can you learn a new language and culture in middle age?

'I'll Drink to That,' by Betty Halbreich With Rebecca Paley

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 8:32am
A report on a career of advising Bergdorf Goodman’s clients.
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