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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.






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