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In 'All The Names They Used For God,' The Magical Meets The Harrowing

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 13:36

Author Anjali Sachdeva spins captivating short stories around kernels of the otherworldly. She says it can be a way to overcome the impulse to look away from that which is unsettling or traumatic.

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'The Gunners' Seems Simple At First ... But Keep Reading

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 04:00

Rebecca Kauffman's new novel centers on a group of friends who reunite after a funeral, and spend an evening together. It's a deceptively simple story with a powerful message: Accept your feelings.

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Whiting Awards Announce 10 Winners, Aiming To Honor Future Bookshelf Staples

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 16:30

Since it began in 1985, the annual prize has recognized emerging writers. And while you may not know the winners announced Wednesday, their futures are bright — if previous winners are any indication.

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'Let's No One Get Hurt' Is A Lyrical, Powerful Coming-Of-Age Story

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 04:00

Jon Pineda's new novel follows a young girl living with her father in an old boathouse, somewhere in the Southern United States. It's a well-written book that manages to be both honest and poetic.

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'Like A Jazz Musician': Past Poet Laureate Philip Levine's Posthumous LP

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 13:21

Before his death in 2015, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet collaborated with saxophonist Benjamin Boone in the recording studio. The results have finally been released as The Poetry Of Jazz.

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Author Traces Christianity's Path From 'Forbidden Religion' To A 'Triumph'

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 10:04

Religion scholar Bart Ehrman says that the early spread of Christianity transformed the entire history of the West — for better or worse. His new book is The Triumph Of Christianity.

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Jennifer Palmieri: Hillary Ran With 'Half Her Humanity Tied Behind Her Back'

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 08:37

Palmieri is out with a new book, Dear Madam President, and it's both a retrospective on the 2016 election and a compendium of advice for the first woman to make it to the Oval Office.

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Taking Down Confederate Statues Was The First Step

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 08:06

Mayor Mitch Landrieu says it's time for white Southerners to confront their region's past.

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'Bizarre Romance' Finds Love, But Misses That Perfect Moment

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 04:00

Audrey Niffenegger's new book is a collaboration with her husband, comics artist Eddie Campbell — but Campbell's style doesn't jell with Niffenegger's writing, leading to an uneven experience.

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Attacked By Alt-Right Trolls, A Jewish Journalist Links Trump To The Rise Of Hate

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 10:47

Trump "has made nationalist policy into the policy of the executive branch," says New York Times editor Jonathan Weisman. His new book, (((Semitism))), is about being Jewish in the Trump era.

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What's Up, Pence? Second Family's Rabbit Makes Children's Book Debut

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 10:16

Bunny Marlon Bundo is featured in a book by the vice president's daughter Charlotte and wife, Karen. But even pets in Washington cannot escape controversy.

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Puerto Rican Cooking And The American South Mix In 'Coconuts And Collards'

Sun, 03/18/2018 - 02:00

Author Von Diaz's cookbook Coconuts and Collards offers a vegetable-forward take on foods she learned to cook from her Puerto Rican grandmother and on the fly in her family's kitchen near Atlanta.

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In Daniel Mallory Ortberg's Version, The Little Mermaid Inhales Souls

Sat, 03/17/2018 - 05:13

His new book The Merry Spinster infuses old stories with psychological horror, tackling issues of gender and property. "The blood was already there," he says. "I was just moving the blood around."

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'The Sparsholt Affair' Finds Truth Somewhere Between Satire And Sentiment

Sat, 03/17/2018 - 04:00

Novelist Alan Hollinghurst's latest chronicles changing attitudes towards homosexuality in Britain through the stories of a closeted gay man — and later, his son — in the decades after World War II.

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From 'F-Bomb' To 'Photobomb,' How The Dictionary Keeps Up With English

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 11:53

New words that enter the dictionary must meet three criteria, says Merriam-Webster lexicographer Kory Stamper: widespread use, sustained use and meaningful use. Originally broadcast April 19, 2017.

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Putin's Strategy Is To Glorify Russia's Past, Journalist Says

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 02:09

To preview this Sunday's presidential election in Russia, NPR's David Greene talks with reporter Shaun Walker about his new book The Long Hangover: Putin's New Russia and the Ghosts of the Past.

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Harper Lee Estate Sues Over 'To Kill A Mockingbird' Broadway Script By Aaron Sorkin

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 13:17

The author's lawyer says a contract bars the producers of a high-profile stage adaptation from departing "in any manner" from the spirit of the classic novel.

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Harper Lee's Estate Sues Aaron Sorkin Over 'To Kill A Mockingbird' Broadway Adaptation

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 13:13

Author Harper Lee's estate is suing Aaron Sorkin over editorial liberties Sorkin took when turning the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird into a Broadway production.

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In 'Go Home,' Finding — Or Building — A Home In Words

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 04:00

This new anthology of Asian diasporic writers, edited by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, is packed with stories, essays and poetry on the idea of home — where it is, what it is, and how you find or lose it.

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