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A 'Show Boat' With An Asian-American Cast Hits The Rocks

NPR Books - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 8:03am

Racial tensions between blacks and whites are at the heart of the "Ol' Man River" musical. Asian-American actors say it doesn't make sense to get onboard.

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'The Sellout' Is A Profane Riff On Race And Culture

NPR Books - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 6:01am

In Paul Beatty's new satirical novel, The Sellout, the narrator wants to re-segregate his hometown outside of Los Angeles. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the author about using humor to write about race.

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Pakistani Author Mohsin Hamid And His Roving 'Discontent'

NPR Books - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 6:01am

Mohsin Hamid combines the personal and political in his new book, Discontent and Its Civilizations. NPR's Scott Simon talks with the Pakistani author about his new collection of essays.

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Uncovering Hidden Black History, On Screen And On The Page

NPR Books - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 5:03am

On TV and in the movies, it can sometimes seem like black people only existed during slavery or the civil rights era. K. Tempest Bradford recommends some books that bring hidden history to light.

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The Persistence — And Impermanence — Of Memory In 'The Buried Giant'

NPR Books - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 4:08am

Kazuo Ishiguro's first novel in a decade follows an old couple on what might be their last journey: Hunting for memories of a son they think they had, in a land covered with memory-shrouding mists.

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Book Review: 'Satin Island' By Tom McCarthy

NPR Books - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 2:42pm

Alan Cheuse reviews a new experimental novel by Tom McCarthy called Satin Island.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of February 26, 2015

NPR Books - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 2:03pm

Elizabeth Kolbert's The Sixth Extinction, about how human activity is affecting different species, appears at No. 6.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of February 26, 2015

NPR Books - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 2:03pm

An isolated bookstore owner starts to change his life after receiving a mysterious package in Gabrielle Zevin's The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry. It appears at No. 7.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of February 26, 2015

NPR Books - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 2:03pm

Falconer Helen Macdonald looks back on her decision to train a fierce goshawk in the wake of her father's sudden death in H is for Hawk. It debuts at No. 7.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of February 26, 2015

NPR Books - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 2:03pm

In Richard Price's The Whites, a New York City detective investigates a murder that connects to something in his own dark past. It debuts at No. 4.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of February 26, 2015

NPR Books - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 2:03pm

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

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From Poker Amateur To World Series Competitor In 'The Noble Hustle'

NPR Books - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:44am

Colson Whitehead's book, now out in paperback, was born of an assignment to write about the World Series of Poker. It's a sharp observational tale of poker: those who play it and how it changed him.

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Small Batch Edition: 'The Sculptor' And Other Grand Graphic Novels

NPR Books - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:09am

Glen Weldon and Petra Mayer talk about Scott McCloud's The Sculptor and recommend other graphic novels you might enjoy.

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This Month (And Every Month), Black Sci-Fi Writers Look To The Future

NPR Books - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 5:03am

For years, black authors stood out in science fiction and fantasy because there were so few. Now, says Alaya Dawn Johnson, though there are still obstacles, black authors are making themselves heard.

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