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'After Birth' Author On 'Mommy Wars': 'It Doesn't Have To Be This Way'

NPR Books - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 3:53pm

"We are pitted against each other and ultimately, then, are pitted against ourselves," says writer Elisa Albert. Her new novel is about the singular and universal experience of having a baby.

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'After Birth' Author On 'Mommy Wars': 'It Doesn't Have To Be This Way'

NPR Books - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 3:53pm

"We are pitted against each other and ultimately, then, are pitted against ourselves," says writer Elisa Albert. Her new novel is about the singular and universal experience of having a baby.

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Book Review: Ross Ritchell's 'The Knife'

NPR Books - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 2:53pm

Alan Cheuse reviews Ross Ritchell's new novel, The Knife.

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Book Review: Ross Ritchell's 'The Knife'

NPR Books - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 2:53pm

Alan Cheuse reviews Ross Ritchell's new novel, The Knife.

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Victorian Romance Meets 'House Of Cards' In 'Mr. And Mrs. Disraeli'

NPR Books - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 1:08pm

Daisy Hay's new book is a joint biography of 19th century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli and his wife, Mary Anne, whose fortune and status as a gentile helped boost her husband's career.

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Victorian Romance Meets 'House Of Cards' In 'Mr. And Mrs. Disraeli'

NPR Books - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 1:08pm

Daisy Hay's new book is a joint biography of 19th century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli and his wife, Mary Anne, whose fortune and status as a gentile helped boost her husband's career.

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Prisoners Of War And Ojibwe Reservation Make Unlikely Neighbors In 'Prudence'

NPR Books - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 1:06pm

Native American writer David Treuer bases the World War II camp for German prisoners on a real-life one that existed near the village of Bena, Minn., on the Leech Lake Reservation where he grew up.

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Prisoners Of War And Ojibwe Reservation Make Unlikely Neighbors In 'Prudence'

NPR Books - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 1:06pm

Native American writer David Treuer bases the World War II camp for German prisoners on a real-life one that existed near the village of Bena, Minn., on the Leech Lake Reservation where he grew up.

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ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: ‘H Is for Hawk’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 9:37am
Vicki Constantine Croke discusses Helen Macdonald’s “H Is for Hawk,” and John Williams talks about Nick Hornby’s “Funny Girl.”






Becoming American: Immigrants Tweet Their Stories

NPR Books - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 7:48am

Entrepreneurs and engineers, performers and professors are among those who are sharing their stories about becoming American on Twitter.

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A Former Wunderkind Drifts On In 'Some Other Town'

NPR Books - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 5:03am

Elizabeth Collison's debut novel follows a young art star who burned out and is now leading a hazily complacent life in her old university town — but that life is upended by an unexpected fling.

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Struggling Writer's Debut Novel Gets Coveted Oprah Winfrey Nod

NPR Books - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 3:02am

Oprah Winfrey has named Ruby, a novel about a beautiful, abused woman in Texas, as her March book club selection. That could make first-time novelist Cynthia Bond into a literary star.

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Cynthia Bond's 'Ruby' Gets Oprah Winfrey's Attention

NPR Books - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 3:02am

Cynthia Bond' tale of a beautiful, abused woman in an east Texas hamlet was praised for its lyrical language. Oprah Winfrey named it her March book club selection, and she bought the film rights.

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The Woman Behind Marvel's Newest Team Of Heroines

NPR Books - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 4:44pm

G. Willow Wilson says it's been a blast creating a team of all-female Avengers for the new Marvel Universe coming in May. "We really got no directives besides 'Pick your team and go nuts,' " she says.

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Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon On Marriage, Music And Moving On

NPR Books - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 3:14pm

Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore were indie rock's power couple — until their marriage, and their band, ended in 2011. Gordon looks back on the experience in a new memoir called Girl in a Band.

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Reckoning With Afghanistan's Toll In 'Green On Blue'

NPR Books - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 5:51am

"Green on Blue" tells the story of the war in Afghanistan through the eyes of an Afghan orphan. NPR's; Rachel Martin speaks to the unlikely author: Elliot Ackerman, a former U.S. marine.

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'First Edition' Of The 'Iliad'? Sure, Right Next To That 'FIrst Edition' Bible

NPR Books - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 5:51am

An online used bookstore reports that demand for a "first edition" of Homer's Iliad has soared, thanks to a new thriller starring Jennifer Lopez.

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Exploring The Solar System Through The Eyes Of Robotic Voyagers

NPR Books - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 3:09pm

The Voyager spacecraft revolutionized our understanding of space. In a new book, The Interstellar Age, planetary scientist Jim Bell shares stories about the planning and excitement back on Earth.

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Through 10 Years Of Mining His Grief, A Novelist Makes 'Nice'

NPR Books - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 6:03am

Matt Sumell wrote Making Nice in part as a response to his mother's death from cancer. "I was using the good luck of bad luck," he says. "You use what hurts."

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A Lot Of Sound And Fury In 'The Infernal'

NPR Books - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 5:03am

Mark Doten's debut novel has some beautiful writing in it, but critic Jason Sheehan says the book suffers from too much verbal and typographical trickery, and not enough actual story.

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