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'I Regret Everything': Toni Morrison Looks Back On Her Personal Life

NPR Books - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 12:58pm

"It's not profound regret," Morrison tells Fresh Air. "It's just a wiping up of tiny little messes that you didn't recognize as mess when they were going on." Her latest book is God Help the Child.

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‘The Road to Character,’ by David Brooks

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 3:30am
David Brooks contrasts marketplace skills and the drive toward self-promotion with inner character.






Asne Seierstad’s ‘One of Us,’ About Rampage in Norway

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Mon, 04/20/2015 - 3:30am
“One of Us” explores a dark side of contemporary Scandinavia through the life and crimes of Anders Behring Breivik, a mass murderer who killed 77 people, most of them teenagers.






In Debate Over Hugo Awards, Science Fiction Community Engages With Issues Of Bias

NPR Books - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 3:18pm

NPR's Arun Rath talks to author Monica Byrne about how controversy surrounding this year's Hugo Awards highlights a difference in how speculative and literary fiction approach diversity.

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Unsettling Tales Of Strange Suburbia Echo Through 'The Night'

NPR Books - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 3:18pm

What do Rapunzel, the Buddha and small-town America have in common? Deceptively safe spaces, says Steven Millhauser. The Pulitzer Prize winner's new short story collection is Voices in the Night.

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ArtsBeat: Library of Congress Begins Posting Its Recorded Poetry Archive

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 11:30am
Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop and Gwendolyn Brooks are among those who can be heard online.






Memoir Chronicles The Joy And Loss Of 'The Light Of The World'

NPR Books - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 5:45am

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to author Elizabeth Alexander about her new memoir, The Light of the World.

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'Spinster' Celebrates The Single Ladies

NPR Books - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 5:45am

Writer Kate Bolick says that, growing up, she just assumed she'd get married some day — but it hasn't happened. Her new book looks at five women who upend traditional assumptions about women's lives.

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Jon Krakauer Tells A 'Depressingly Typical' Story Of College Town Rapes

NPR Books - Sun, 04/19/2015 - 3:21am

Krakauer's Missoula looks at stories of women who have been sexually assaulted by people they know. He says rape is unlike other crimes because in other crimes, "the victim isn't assumed to be lying."

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At 84, Poet Gary Snyder Lives In 'This Present Moment'

NPR Books - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 5:30am

Poet Gary Snyder has hung with the Beats, studied Buddhism, worked as a logger and he's still going strong. He talks with NPR's Linda Wertheimer about his new collection, This Present Moment.

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'Orhan's Inheritance' Is The Weight Of History

NPR Books - Sat, 04/18/2015 - 3:30am

Aline Ohanesian's debut novel attempts to make sense of the events of 100 years ago, when the Ottoman Empire began forcing Armenians out of their homes in Turkey, leaving more than a million dead.

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ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Kate Bolick’s ‘Spinster’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 1:25pm
Ms. Bolick discusses “Spinster,” and Jon Ronson talks about “So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed.”






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