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'Mr. Mac' Paints Flowers In A Darkening World

NPR Books - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 5:03am

Esther Freud's new novel Mr. Mac and Me traces an unlikely friendship between a lonely boy and a struggling artist. Reviewer Heller McAlpin says the book has both technical prowess and grace.

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ArtsBeat: Strong Sales for ‘Hedwig’ on Broadway

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 2:19pm
John Cameron Mitchell returned to the role he created in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” sparking strong sales. “Honeymoon in Vegas” saw modest sales after strong reviews.

'Ghettoside' Explores Why Murders Are Invisible In Los Angeles

NPR Books - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:14am

In her new book, journalist Jill Leovy studies the epidemic of unsolved murders in African-American neighborhoods and the relationships between police and victims' relatives, witnesses and suspects.

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These 13 'Almost Famous Women' Stirred Up Trouble, Or Trouble Found Them

NPR Books - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:14am

Megan Mayhew Bergman's stories about historical women are littered with bad-girl paraphernalia, like smashed-up motorcycles and morphine needles. In this collection, their lives are richly imagined.

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Pilot survives plane crash near Rabbit Ears Pass

Local News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 8:25am
The pilot who crashed his single-engine airplane near Rabbit Ears Pass on Sunday survived by calling his family and 9-1-1 shortly after the crash, starting a fire and waiting for rescuers, who arrived at the remote scene less than four hours after the accident. The crash occurred just after 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, approximately 6 miles south-southwest of Rabbit Ears Pass just over the Grand County line in Routt County, said Grand County Search and Rescue public information officer Greg Foley. Eleven members of GCSAR, an equal number from Routt County Search and Rescue and members of Grand County …

In 'Fatherland,' A Daughter Outlines Her Dad's Radicalization

NPR Books - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 3:12pm

Falling in love with your handsome pen pal, moving overseas to marry him, then finding out he's part of a terrorist organization: That's the Bunjevac family story, told in a new graphic memoir.

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In Winter, Keeping Warm With Beloved Books

NPR Books - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 5:03am

Critic Juan Vidal says winter is a time for turning inward and warding off the chill with your favorite books, the ones you return to over and over again when the days get shorter and snow closes in.

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For A Taste Of Grimdark, Visit The 'Land Fit For Heroes'

NPR Books - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 5:03am

Richard K. Morgan's epic sword-and-planet (and alien technology) Land Fit for Heroes series is a good introduction to grimdark, a subgenre that aims to show the gritty underside of fantasy fiction.

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In 'Dear Father,' A Poet Disrupts The 'Cycle Of Pain'

NPR Books - Sun, 01/25/2015 - 4:29am

J. Ivy says his father grew up in pain and passed that pain on to the next generation. In his new book, he says that forgiveness is an ongoing act — and you must constantly remember to forgive again.

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'Driving The King' A Story Long In The Works

NPR Books - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 3:02pm

Driving The King is a fictionalized account of the adventures of Nat King Cole and his bodyguard driver. Author Ravi Howard says the idea was planted long ago.

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Huckabee Serves Up 'God, Guns' And A Dose Of Controversy

NPR Books - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 3:02pm

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee sees America as divided into "Bubble-ville" and "Bubba-ville," a cultural split he describes in his new book, Gods, Guns, Grits, and Gravy.

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Why A Black Man's Murder Often Goes Unpunished In Los Angeles

NPR Books - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 6:42am

From witnesses to reluctant gang members, Jill Leovy says, "everybody's terrified." Her book, Ghettoside, uses the story of one murder to explore the city's low arrest rate when black men are killed.

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Two Outcasts Form An Artistic Bond In 'Mr. Mac And Me'

NPR Books - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 5:59am

Painter's daughter Esther Freud weaves her own experiences into the story of a lonely little boy in a British seacoast town, who befriends the great Art Nouveau designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

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Do You Have To Read 'Frog'? No, But You Might Want To

NPR Books - Sat, 01/24/2015 - 5:03am

Reviewer Jason Sheehan says Mo Yan's Frog is not without issues, but still offers a thoughtful tale of a dark era in modern Chinese history, touched with humor and occasional magic.

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The New York Times Book Review: Back Issues

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 6:32pm
Complete contents of the Book Review since 1997.

When Pop Broke Up With Jazz

NPR Books - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 2:35pm

For the first half of the 20th century, Tin Pan Alley songwriters like Irving Berlin and the Gershwins dominated pop music. By the the 1950s, tastes had changed, and the music changed with them.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of January 22, 2015

NPR Books - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 2:03pm

After obsessively observing a "perfect couple" every day on her commute, Rachel Watson sees something dark that forces her to get involved. Paula Hawkin's The Girl on the Train debuts at No. 2.

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In The World's 'Sixth Extinction,' Are Humans The Asteroid?

NPR Books - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:20am

Scientists think an asteroid killed the dinosaurs. In today's extinction, humans are the culprit. Originally broadcast Feb. 12, 2014.

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‘Modernity Britain: 1957-1962,’ by David Kynaston

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:06am
David Kynaston’s multivolume history of postwar Britain continues in this tapestry of political, socioeconomic and cultural change.

Open Book: Immersive History

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:06am
David Kynaston’s method of recapturing Britain’s past includes quoting from the diaries and letters of average citizens.

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