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R. L. Stine: By the Book

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 6:00am
The author of the Goosebumps and Fear Street series avoids nonfiction: “I never read it. I hate anything real.”

'The Automobile Club' Tours Egypt's Troubled History

NPR Books - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 5:03am

Alaa Al Aswany's new book sets the dynamics of a fallen family and an elitist car club against the tensions of post-World War II Egypt, but a clunky translation and too many plots keep the brakes on.

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Gothic Poetry And Grim Necessity In 'Shattered Wings'

NPR Books - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 5:03am

Aliette de Bodard's new novel is set in a postapocalyptic Paris, devastated by a magical war between factions of fallen angels. It's a gritty mix of high gothic poetry and knotty angelic rivalries.

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‘Shadows of Sherwood: A Robyn Hoodlum Adventure,’ by Kekla Magoon

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 3:00am
A middle-grade novel reinvents Robin Hood as a mixed-race heroine, born to privilege, who becomes a champion of the poor.

‘The Road Not Taken,’ by David Orr

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 3:00am
David Orr on the classic American poem almost everyone gets hopelessly wrong.

As More Women, Minorities Win Hugos, 'Sad Puppies' Blast Sci-Fi Awards

NPR Books - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 2:49pm

The prestigious Hugo Awards, which honor science fiction and fantasy writing, will be held Saturday. Lately, they have been given to more and more women and writers of color as the world of sci-fi opens up — and that's prompted a backlash from a group of mostly white male writers who call themselves the "Sad Puppies."

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Up From The Ashes, A Public Library In Sri Lanka Welcomes New Readers

NPR Books - Wed, 08/19/2015 - 2:12pm

The Jaffna library once held irreplaceable, ancient manuscripts, lost when it was torched in 1981. Fully restored, the beloved landmark today is filled with readers.

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