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‘The Incarnations,’ by Susan Barker

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 3:00am
A hard-luck Beijing driver comes across a series of letters describing his past lives.

In New Memoir, Maria Tells Us How She Got, How She Got To 'Sesame Street'

NPR Books - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 2:45am

Sonia Manzano has spent 44 years as one of the lucky residents of Sesame Street. In her memoir she describes how she sought comfort in TV during her own difficult childhood in the South Bronx.

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Do America's Military Bases Abroad Help Or Hinder Global Security?

NPR Books - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 4:25pm

David Vine's new book argues that the hundreds of U.S. bases in other countries come at a high cost, both at home and abroad. He suggests reducing such bases and increasing diplomatic engagement.

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Mario Vargas Llosa’s ‘Notes on the Death of Culture’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 1:43pm
A Nobel laureate weighs in on the diffusion of culture and the loss of common referents.

Amid A Hubbub At The Hugos, 'Puppies' See Little Success

NPR Books - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 11:47am

At science fiction's Hugo Awards, voters largely rejected a slate of nominees pushed by a group called the Sad Puppies. In an unusual end to the controversy, a few categories didn't even get a winner.

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ArtsBeat: Inside The New York Times Book Review: The History of Autism

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 9:03am
Steve Silberman talks about “NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity,” and Elisabeth Egan discusses her debut novel, “A Window Opens.”

'Science Of Mom': Scientist Sorts Through Studies So Parents Don't Have To

NPR Books - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 5:58am

Alice Callahan uses her background in nutritional biology and fetal physiology to help new parents tell fact from fiction in her new book The Science of Mom. She gives tips to NPR's Rachel Martin.

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'Eileen' Is Dark, Damaged Fun

NPR Books - Sun, 08/23/2015 - 5:03am

Ottessa Moshfegh's new novel follows a defiantly, triumphantly off-putting young woman who dreams of escaping her grim New England existence. Critic Jean Zimmerman calls it "pleasingly perverse."

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In WWII, Millions Of Indians Fought For A Britain They Abhored

NPR Books - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 7:30am

As Indians struggled to break free of Britain, more than 2 million signed up to fight with the Allies, the largest volunteer force in the world. Raghu Karnad unearths the story in The Farthest Field.

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Everyone's Likely To Be Sad At This Year's Hugos

NPR Books - Sat, 08/22/2015 - 5:03am

The Hugo Awards celebrate the best in science fiction and fantasy, but this year they're fraught with controversy after a self-identified conservative coalition organized to dominate the nominations.

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Mom And Toddler Put Sleep-Inducing 'Rabbit' Book To The Test

NPR Books - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 3:12pm

Psychologist Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin designed his best-selling (and self-published) story The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep to help kids doze off. We visited a local naptime to see if it works.

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Novelist Kamel Daoud, Finding Dignity In The Absurd

NPR Books - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 2:14pm

His new novel, The Meursault Investigation, reworks Albert Camus' The Stranger from the point of view of the murdered Arab's brother. He says Camus' vision of the absurd gave him back his dignity

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Northern Colorado under smoke advisory

Local News - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 2:05pm
The northern half of Colorado is under a smoke health advisory that is expected to last at least through Saturday morning due to large wildfires burning across much of the Northwest.The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued the advisory at 8 a.m. Friday, warning that much of the northern half of the state, including Garfield County, could be unhealthy for sensitive groups because of the amount of fine particulates in the air.Sensitive groups include the very young and elderly, as well as individuals with heart disease or respiratory illnesses. The state agency warned that smoke reaches unhealthy levels …

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of August 20, 2015

NPR Books - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 2:03pm

In Black Mass, Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill recount James "Whitey" Bulger's rise to the top of Boston's drug trade while he was also informing for the FBI. It appears at No. 13.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of August 20, 2015

NPR Books - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 2:03pm

In Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty follows the fallout of a riot at a school trivia night that leaves someone dead. It appears at No. 10.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of August 20, 2015

NPR Books - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 2:03pm

Rinker Buck's The Oregon Trail recounts the author's old-fashioned journey down the historic route. It appears at No. 9.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of August 20, 2015

NPR Books - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 2:03pm

A rich girl with a congenital heart defect and an underprivileged boy with athletic talents meet periodically over the course of 30 years in Jennifer Weiner's Who Do You Love. It debuts at No. 13.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of August 20, 2015

NPR Books - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 2:03pm

The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.

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Maggie Thrash’s ‘Honor Girl’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 9:34am
At a camp for girls, a teenager finds herself infatuated with an older counselor.

Kevin Henkes’s ‘Waiting,’ and More

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 08/21/2015 - 9:21am
In three picture books, toys choose to explore their surroundings or view the world from a windowsill.

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