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Cartoonist Reza Farazmand Walks Us Through Some Of His 'Comics For A Strange World'

NPR Books - November 16, 2017 - 9:00am

We asked the artist behind the popular webcomic Poorly Drawn Lines to share the thinking behind a few of the hilariously deadpan comics from his latest book.

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The Troublesome Universe Of 'Valiant Dust'

NPR Books - November 16, 2017 - 4:00am

Richard Baker is an established voice in military science fiction; his latest, Valiant Dust, kicks off a new space adventure series. But it's hampered by shallow characters and cultural blindness.

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Jesmyn Ward, Frank Bidart, Masha Gessen And Robin Benway Win National Book Awards

NPR Books - November 15, 2017 - 7:13pm

For Ward, who won the fiction prize for Sing, Unburied, Sing, it was her second National Book Award. For Bidart, whose poetry collection spanned 51 years, it was akin to a lifetime achievement honor.

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A Collection Of Christian Artifacts Unlike Any Other

NPR Books - November 15, 2017 - 8:06am

Join us on a trip to the Museum of the Bible.

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Andy Weir Aims To Duplicate His Martian Success With 'Artemis'

NPR Books - November 15, 2017 - 4:00am

Weir returns to a successful formula in his new book — action and adventure in space, with a snarky voice and plenty of reader-friendly science — though this time the story moves to a moon colony.

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Louise Erdrich Delivers A Dystopian Feminist Thriller In 'Future Home'

NPR Books - November 14, 2017 - 10:30am

In Erdrich's new novel, fetuses seem to be randomly devolving and a new religious government is rounding up pregnant women, forcing them to give birth in prison-like hospitals.

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We've Been Had: How Bunk Became Embedded In American Life

NPR Books - November 14, 2017 - 8:18am

Hooey, hogwash, baloney or bull – it's all bunk.

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'Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race' Is A Call To Action

NPR Books - November 14, 2017 - 7:00am

In 2014, British journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote a blog post about how tired she was of engaging with oblivious white people about race. That post went viral, and it's now the basis for her new book.

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Book Of 'New Rules' Flows With Tippling Tips To Demystify Wine

NPR Books - November 14, 2017 - 5:00am

Wine writer Jon Bonné says that the traditional ways of thinking about wine no longer fit today's diversity of flavors and cultural influences — and that drinking it should be mainly about pleasure.

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'Future Home Of The Living God' Is A Rare Stumble From A Great Writer

NPR Books - November 14, 2017 - 4:00am

Louise Erdrich's new novel is a frequently bizarre near-future dystopia that never really comes close to getting off the ground, but it won't dent her reputation as one of the country's best writers.

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10 Great, Perfect, Solid-Mithril Ideas For 'Lord Of The Rings' TV Spin-Offs

NPR Books - November 14, 2017 - 2:00am

Amazon Studios is bringing an ongoing Lord of the Rings prequel series to television. The deal includes an option for "a potential additional spin-off series." Tom Bombadil, call your agent.

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'Promise Me': Joe Biden On Loss, Grief And Recovery

NPR Books - November 13, 2017 - 9:01pm

The former vice president is out with a book that recounts in heart-wrenching detail his son Beau's diagnosis and death from brain cancer — and his deliberations about running for president.

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Priest Responds To Gang Members' 'Lethal Absence Of Hope' With Jobs, And Love

NPR Books - November 13, 2017 - 11:28am

Homeboy Industries founder Father Greg Boyle has spent 30 years working in LA with gang members and young people transitioning out of prison. His new book is Barking to the Choir.

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A Tom Hanks Type

NPR Books - November 13, 2017 - 8:06am

The Oscar-winning actor has a new collection of semi-autobiographical short fiction … and lots of thoughts about typewriters.

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Um, Uh, Huh? Are These Words Clues To Understanding Human Language?

NPR Books - November 13, 2017 - 6:38am

Tiny filler words in human rapid-fire conversation hold the key to understanding how language is unique, according to a new book. But anthropologist Barbara J. King raises some questions.

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A Book On 'Bunk' For Our Post-Truth Times

NPR Books - November 12, 2017 - 2:51pm

Poet and critic Kevin Young attempts to make sense of a worsening surge in hoaxes — from plagiarism to fake news — in a new deeply researched history.

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Author Explores A Dark History Through A Magical Story In 'Rise Of The Jumbies'

NPR Books - November 12, 2017 - 4:52am

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Tracey Baptiste about her new novel. Drawing on myths of her native Trinidad and Tobago, Baptiste tackles the history of the slave trade for young readers.

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Helping Refugees Is The Test Of Our Times, David Miliband Says

NPR Books - November 11, 2017 - 5:07am

NPR's Scott Simon talks to David Miliband, head of the International Rescue Committee, about his new book, Rescue: Refugees and the Political Crisis of Our Time.

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Paul Hollywood Recounts His 'Baker's Life,' From Ginger Biscuits To Fancy Cakes

NPR Books - November 11, 2017 - 5:07am

Paul Hollywood shot to fame as the gimlet-eyed judge on the Great British Bake-Off. His new book is a memoir in recipes, beginning with childhood favorites and ending with special-occasion bakes.

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In New Novel, 'Martian' Author Andy Weir Builds A Colony On The Moon

NPR Books - November 11, 2017 - 4:51am

Artemis imagines the first moon settlement as a mining town and tourist trap. "I had a lot of fun doing the world building," Weir says.

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