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Author Of The Other 'Fire And Fury' Book Says Business Is Booming

NPR Books - January 10, 2018 - 1:27pm

Historian and author Randall Hansen's book, Fire And Fury: The Allied Bombing Of Germany 1942-1945, has been mistaken by buyers for Michael Wolff's Trump exposé and selling out.

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Man As God: 'Frankenstein' Turns 200

NPR Books - January 10, 2018 - 9:31am

Mary Shelley cautioned us of the dangers of extending science into realms where we have little control of the outcomes; may we all read her tale — and take in its lessons, says Marcelo Gleiser.

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'Winter' Balances Dark Days With Flashes Of Joy And Light

NPR Books - January 10, 2018 - 4:00am

The second volume in Ali Smith's seasonal quartet takes place over a tense family Christmas in Cornwall that reunites two sisters whose lives have taken vastly diverging paths.

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Former White House Social Secretaries On The Value Of 'Treating People Well'

NPR Books - January 9, 2018 - 2:12pm

Lea Berman worked for President George W. Bush; Jeremy Bernard for President Obama. They draw on their White House experiences for a book about the importance of civility in getting things done.

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Where Author Jacqueline Woodson Would Like To Take Young People's Literature In 2018

NPR Books - January 9, 2018 - 1:18pm

The National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Gene Luen Yang passed the baton to his successor Jacqueline Woodson on Tuesday. NPR takes a look at where young people's literature is now and where the new ambassador would like to take it in the coming year.

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Posthumously Published 'Sea Maiden' Affirms Denis Johnson's Eternal Voice

NPR Books - January 9, 2018 - 11:54am

A new collection features five stand-alone stories by Johnson, who died in 2017. Critic Maureen Corrigan says The Largesse of the Sea Maiden is "the kind of work every writer would like to go out on."

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Girls Auto Clinic Owner: 'I Couldn't Find A Female Mechanic, So I Had To Learn'

NPR Books - January 9, 2018 - 10:47am

There was a time when Patrice Banks avoided taking her car in for routine maintenance. Now, she's a trained mechanic, and the owner of a garage that caters to women.

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For 'The Immortalists' Knowledge Of Death Changes Lives

NPR Books - January 9, 2018 - 4:00am

In Chloe Benjamin's new book, four siblings growing up on the Lower East Side amid the upheavals of the 1960s gain forbidden, life-changing knowledge: The exact year and date of their deaths.

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'Fire And Fury' Author Michael Wolff Discusses Bannon's Role In White House

NPR Books - January 8, 2018 - 1:15pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with journalist and author Michael Wolff about his book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Wolff discusses Steve Bannon's role in the White House and his future relationship with the Republican party.

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Want A New You For The New Year? These Books Might Actually Help

NPR Books - January 8, 2018 - 1:15pm

Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer live by a new self-help book for each episode of their podcast By the Book, so they're experts on which ones might really help us keep our New Year's resolutions.

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What History And Fiction Teach Us About Women And Power

NPR Books - January 8, 2018 - 6:49am

Psychologist Tania Lombrozo considers two books: In one, we learn what ancient Greece can tell us about Twitter trolls and, in the other, we're shown a world in which women have power over men.

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'A Fabricator Extraordinaire': Trump's Campaign Manager Slams Wolff For 'Fire And Fury'

NPR Books - January 7, 2018 - 3:01pm

In a Washington Post op-ed, President Trump's deputy campaign manager David Bossie called Michael Wolff's new book a "fake book that reads like the National Enquirer on steroids." NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Bossie about the book and the campaign.

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Predicting Death In 'The Immortalists'

NPR Books - January 7, 2018 - 5:06am

The siblings in Chloe Benjamin's new book, The Immortalists, are told the date they will die. The knowledge changes their lives in fundamental ways. NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with the author.

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'Gnomon' Starts Simply — And Then It Goes Sideways

NPR Books - January 7, 2018 - 4:00am

Nick Harkaway's big, ambitious new book is about pretty much everything, from ancient Egypt to a future utopia that actually seems utopian at first, until an inconvenient death disrupts everything.

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Star 'Treknology': Imagining The Future Into Being

NPR Books - January 6, 2018 - 1:47pm

From its first appearance, Star Trek has always been hopeful about the relationship between society and technology. Ethan Siegel doesn't lose sight of this in his book, Treknology, says Adam Frank.

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Trump Exposé Has Plenty Of 'Fire And Fury,' Maybe A Little Less Substance

NPR Books - January 6, 2018 - 11:53am

Michael Wolff's incendiary new book about the first year of Donald Trump's presidency has plenty of juicy detail about chaos, infighting and cheeseburgers — but it's best read with a grain of salt.

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'Women & Power' Links Today's Trolls With Ancient Ancestors

NPR Books - January 6, 2018 - 7:00am

Classicist Mary Beard's new book — a compilation of two of her lectures — traces current strains of misogyny back to the ancient world (one 7th century B.C. poet compared women to yapping dogs).

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For January, Let These 3 Romances Take You Somewhere Warm

NPR Books - January 6, 2018 - 4:00am

This month, we acknowledge that love actually is all around, with three romances that range from Victorian London to modern-day Mumbai — to the clash and clamor of an American football stadium.

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In 'Red Sky At Noon,' A Western On The Eastern Front

NPR Books - January 6, 2018 - 3:05am

Simon Sebag Montefiore's new novel, set during World War II, follows a Jewish political prisoner who's pressed into a battalion of convicts and Cossacks and sent to fight the Nazis on horseback.

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White House Pushes Back Against Michael Wolff's 'Fire And Fury'

NPR Books - January 5, 2018 - 1:17pm

President Trump and Republican leaders are huddling this weekend to hash out their agenda for 2018. It comes as the president is pushing back against a new book about chaos in the White House.

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