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Dark, Disturbing And Playful, 'Seventh Day' Takes On Modern China

NPR Books - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 5:03am

In Yu Hua's new novel, a recently dead man decides to attend his own funeral and ends up wandering a strange sort of afterlife, full of characters whose stories reflect the troubles of modern China.

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A Memoir Of A Family's Diaspora, And A Mother's Depression

NPR Books - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 2:57pm

New York Times columnist Roger Cohen looks back on his life and asks: Could a family's constant movement — four countries in four generations — contribute to a mother's struggle with mental illness?

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Photos: Skier triggers avalanche near Berthoud Pass

Local News - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 8:41am
These photos show an avalanche west of Berthoud Pass above Current Creek that a skier triggered Saturday afternoon, Jan. 17. Grand County Search and Rescue responded to the incident just before 2 p.m. but quickly stood down as it became apparent no one had been injured or caught in the slide. It is not clear at this time who was involved in the incident. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center rates the current avalanche danger level in this area as moderate. Even at this rating level, however, slopes such as this one are prone to human-triggered slides. Backcountry visitors should exercise …

'Train to Crystal City' Tells A Secret Story Of WWII Internments

NPR Books - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 5:40am

A World War II program traded German and Italian Americans for Americans who were trapped abroad. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with author Jan Jarboe Russell.

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Finding A Childhood Bully, And So Much More, In 'Whipping Boy'

NPR Books - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 5:40am

In his new memoir, Allen Kurzweil goes looking for his childhood tormentor — and discovers he's served time for involvement in an international fraud scheme so wild and colorful, it could be a movie.

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It's A Chump's Life In 'Amnesia'

NPR Books - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 3:52am

Peter Carey's new novel starts with a sad-sack disgraced reporter tasked with writing the biography of a notorious hacker, but reviewer Jason Sheehan says there's a jarring change of gears halfway.

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'Wallander' Author Henning Mankell On The Catastrophe Of Cancer

NPR Books - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 7:10pm

The famed Swedish author of the Kurt Wallander mystery novels was diagnosed a year ago — "a catastrophe for me," he says; since then, he's talked more about the disease than the drama of forensics.

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Illustrated Memoir Recalls Marching In Selma At Just 15

NPR Books - Sat, 01/17/2015 - 3:20pm

Lynda Blackmon Lowery was still a child when she joined the legendary 1965 march. Now she's written a book for young readers about the experience, called Turning 15 On The Road To Freedom.

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