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Doctorow Wove Fact And Fiction To Imagine America As It Could Be

NPR Books - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 3:29pm

He didn't care for journalism's austerities, but borrowed liberally from history to craft his books. The late, great novelist was a gentleman who spun untruths, in order to better get at what's true.

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Archie Comics Cartoonist Tom Moore Dies At 86

NPR Books - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 7:14am

A longtime contributor to the Archie franchise has died in his hometown of El Paso, Texas.

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ArtsBeat: E. L. Doctorow in The Times

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 6:27am
Mr. Doctorow, the author of “Ragtime,” “Billy Bathgate” and other books, died on Tuesday at 84.


In 'Lovers,' There's A Lot To Like — And Plenty Of Self-Pity To Go Around

NPR Books - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 5:03am

It took nearly 15 years, but Juan Gabriel Vasquez's Lovers on All Saints' Day has gotten an English translation. The collection, awash as it is in woe, is a portrait of the writer finding his footing.

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‘Men of War,’ by Alexander Rose

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 3:00am
Alexander Rose takes on the combat experience at Bunker Hill, Gettysburg and Iwo Jima.


‘The China Challenge,’ by Thomas J. Christensen

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Wed, 07/22/2015 - 3:00am
A former State Department official urges Americans to accept China’s rise to power.


Novelist E.L. Doctorow, Author Of 'Billy Bathgate,' 'Ragtime,' Dies At 84

NPR Books - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 7:24pm

The writer was best known for his works of historical fiction set in the early 20th-century United States. His son told the New York Times that he died Tuesday of complications from lung cancer.

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Dr. Seuss’ ‘What Pet Should I Get?’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 4:45pm
“What Pet Should I Get?” shows Dr. Seuss’ particular genius for distilling both the spirit of his times and the timeless mind-set of children.


Book Review: 'How To Be Drawn,' Terrance Hayes

NPR Books - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 2:54pm

Poet Tess Taylor reviews Terrance Hayes' collection of poetry, How to be Drawn.

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