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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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As First Black American NHL Player, Enforcer Was Defenseless Against Racism

NPR Books - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 7:41pm

Val James became the first American-born black player in the NHL in 1982. He faced vicious racism, including fans throwing bananas on the ice. After 30 years in silence, he is talking about it now.

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ArtsBeat: Shakespeare’s First Folio to Get 50-State Tour

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 3:43pm
A book tour of sorts for Shakespeare to mark the 400th anniversary of his death.






Volunteers sought for Ski Down For Cancer at Winter Park

Local News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 2:57pm
The American Cancer Society is looking for individuals interested in helping out on the day of the Ski Down For Cancer event.We will need volunteers anytime from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, to help with set up, sign in at lifts, silent auction, and take down. Time commitment is flexible and can be made to fit your availability. All ages and skill levels are welcome.Please feel free to either email michelle.bisbee@cancer.org or call 720 524 5480 for more information. The Thomas James Veit Ski Down for Cancer is coming to Winter Park Resort for its fifth …

'Don't Be Afraid Of The Bullets' A Memoir Of Reporting In Yemen

NPR Books - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 2:52pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to journalist Laura Kasinof about her memoir on her experience reporting in Yemen during the Arab Spring called, Don't Be Afraid of the Bullets.

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'Don't Be Afraid Of The Bullets' A Memoir Of Reporting In Yemen

NPR Books - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 2:52pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to journalist Laura Kasinof about her memoir on her experience reporting in Yemen during the Arab Spring called, Don't Be Afraid of the Bullets.

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Remembering Bertrice Small, One Of The Original 'Avon Ladies'

NPR Books - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 2:51pm

Small, who died this week at 77, was one of a group of authors who helped transform romance in the 1970s from a relatively tame, demure genre to the bold, bawdy books that sell by the millions today.

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Late night at ‘The Spot’

Local News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 2:25pm
Daytime traffic on US Highway 40 may not notice a small white trailer adorned with a Colorado flag logo parked near the Winter Park Post Office. But at 10 p.m. “The Spot,” Winter Park’s only late-night food trailer, illuminates its “Open” sign and starts serving. By 1 a.m. it is buzzing with activity, warmth and camaraderie. The hungry crew who huddle beneath a heat lamp near the trailer is a mish-mash of locals who work late, touring band members just finishing a set, and tourists in town for the weekend. They all have one thing in common — an appetite …

Ranch Creek Spa now offers free classes

Local News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 2:17pm
A day at the spa brings to mind thoughts of relaxation, calm, and well-being. It may not bring to mind thoughts of learning something new, but the Ranch Creek Spa at Devil’s Thumb Ranch is out change that.The world-class 18,000-foot spa at the resort ranch in Tabernash is offering a new “Enrichment Series” of health and lifestyle workshops this spring. The series is designed to help participants incorporate those feelings of calm and well-being they get from a visit to the spa into their everyday lives. The goal is to learn tools to live a more balanced, healthy, and enriched …

Muftic: Semantic war on Obama misses target

Local News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 1:53pm
The U.S. is embroiled in a domestic and foreign semantics war. President Obama explained why he uses certain words of “violent extremists” to describe ISIS in remarks at a White House conference Feb. 18.He unleashed a firestorm from domestic political opponents who pounced on the president for not using “Islamic” as part of his ISIS tag. He was “adrift in denial” per Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan. Others questioned his love of country because of his “different” background all because he did not use the same words they did.It is not President Obama that is in denial. Those in …

Hamilton — Arnaud de Borchgrave: 1926-2015

Local News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 1:53pm
Last week, Arnaud de Borchgrave, one of the world’s greatest foreign correspondents and newspaper editors, went to his eternal rest. However, rest will not come naturally to the hyper-active Arnaud de Borchgrave who rarely slept more than four hours each night.Shortly after de Borchgrave set up the headquarters for The Washington Times, my wife and I were among a group of journalists invited for a tour. (Penny was working as a stringer for Voice of America. I was editing a newspaper and also working, on assignment, for USA Today.) Explaining that Cold War news gathering was almost a full-time job, …

DeVos: Don’t cross the universe

Local News - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 1:53pm
Both fans occasionally comment that a column would have been nicer if I hadn’t droned on endlessly about things no one cares about. So, in a vivid display of my paucity of inspiration, I decided to thank the Federal Aviation Administration for preventing an invasion by monsters from outer space disguised as Amazon delivery drones.The FAA ruled last week that operators of commercial drones have to be certified and they can fly only during daylight. The FAA also dashed Amazon’s goal of instant gratification by demanding that the operator must be able to keep the drone in sight, a rule …
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