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Brooklyn Is Magical In 'Shadowhouse Fall'

NPR Books - September 17, 2017 - 3:59am

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Daniel José Older about his new book, Shadowhouse Fall.

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'Little House On The Prairie' Author Is 150

NPR Books - September 17, 2017 - 3:59am

It is the 150th year of Laura Ingalls Wilder's birth — and a good time to check back on one of our favorite childhood series.

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Move Over Millennials, Here Comes 'iGen' ... Or Maybe Not

NPR Books - September 17, 2017 - 3:01am

A new book worries that growing up with smartphones and the Internet has been harmful to a generation of kids. Critic Annalisa Quinn says intergenerational carping is a long, and unhelpful tradition.

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'The Taking Of K-129': How The CIA Stole A Sunken Soviet Sub Off The Ocean Floor

NPR Books - September 16, 2017 - 2:07pm

Author Josh Dean describes how the CIA worked to secretly resurface a sub that the Soviet Union considered lost. Their cover story involved eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes.

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Roald Dahl's Widow Says Charlie From 'The Chocolate Factory' Was Originally Black

NPR Books - September 16, 2017 - 1:31pm

Dahl's widow revealed the surprising scoop on the BBC earlier this week.

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These 'Far Away Brothers' Remake Themselves In America

NPR Books - September 16, 2017 - 6:01am

Lauren Markham's careful, empathetic new book follows twin brothers from El Salvador, who flee gang violence to make a new life for themselves in a country that's increasingly harsh to immigrants.

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A Boy Grows Up In Harlem In 'The Stars Beneath Our Feet'

NPR Books - September 16, 2017 - 4:08am

NPR's Scott Simon talks to author David Barclay Moore about his new book, The Stars Beneath Our Feet.

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Fiona Mozley On Making The Man Booker Shortlist With Her Debut Novel

NPR Books - September 16, 2017 - 4:08am

Fiona Mozley wrote her first novel, Elmet, on her phone while commuting on the train between York and London. She talks with Scott Simon about being shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

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'Lightning Men' Is A Story About Police, Race And Atlanta

NPR Books - September 16, 2017 - 4:08am

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with author Thomas Mullen about his new novel, Lightning Men. It is the story of black and white cops in Atlanta in 1950.

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In 'Shadowhouse Fall,' Magical Threats Map Real-World Peril

NPR Books - September 16, 2017 - 3:00am

Daniel José Older's new novel continues the adventures of magician Sierra Santiago and her tight-knit band of friends and family as they battle not just unfriendly sorcery but everyday discrimination.

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Bruce Springsteen: On Jersey, Masculinity And Wishing To Be His Stage Persona

NPR Books - September 15, 2017 - 11:43am

"People see you onstage and, yeah, I'd want to be that guy," Springsteen says. "I want to be that guy myself very often." Originally broadcast Oct. 5, 2016.

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40 Nominees Unveiled For The 2017 National Book Awards

NPR Books - September 15, 2017 - 7:04am

Of the names announced by the National Book Foundation, four will take home the literary prize in November. Jesmyn Ward, Jennifer Egan and Frank Bidart number among the longlists' familiar faces.

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TV's Property Brothers Share Their Open Plan For Success In 'It Takes Two'

NPR Books - September 15, 2017 - 6:00am

Drew and Jonathan Scott trade chapters, attempting to capture their on-camera rivalry. NPR's Linda Holmes says, "They're dunking on each other, but with Nerf balls. And a plastic hoop. At eye level."

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In 'The Pictures,' The Story Slips Out Of Focus

NPR Books - September 15, 2017 - 3:00am

With The Pictures, British author Guy Bolton kicks off a mystery series set in classic-era Hollywood. He's clearly done his research on 1930s America, but sometimes all that detail obscures the story.

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In 'Forest Dark,' A Building In Israel Connects 2 Searching Souls

NPR Books - September 14, 2017 - 12:35pm

Nicole Krauss' new novel, Forest Dark, tells two stories concurrently: a man at the end of a financially successful life searching for meaning, and a younger woman writer searching for meaning as her marriage collapses. The only thing that connects them is a building on the other side of the world.

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Musician Fred Hersch Recounts A Life 'In And Out Of Jazz' In His New Memoir

NPR Books - September 14, 2017 - 10:50am

Nearly 30 years ago, Hersch was among the first jazz musicians to come out as both gay and HIV positive. His memoir looks back on that time, as well as the time he spent in a medically induced coma.

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The Wind Still Blows Through The Willows — And Along 'The River Bank'

NPR Books - September 14, 2017 - 6:00am

Kij Johnson works fresh magic with an old story in The River Bank, a sequel to The Wind in the Willows that introduces two new characters, Miss Mole and Miss Rabbit, but keeps the original's charm.

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It All Began With 'Adam And Eve'

NPR Books - September 14, 2017 - 3:00am

In his new book, Stephen Greenblatt argues that the world wouldn't be the same without the story of Adam and Eve — the primal narrative that shapes how we think about almost everything.

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Author Attica Locke: In America, We Walk 'Side By Side' With Our Past

NPR Books - September 14, 2017 - 1:02am

Locke's novel Bluebird, Bluebird is set in Texas where her family roots stretch back to slavery. The family didn't go north during the Great Migration, she explains: "We said: No, Texas is ours, too."

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Man Booker Prize Shortlist Features George Saunders, Mohsin Hamid And Ali Smith

NPR Books - September 13, 2017 - 6:41am

The 2017 nominees for the U.K.'s top literary prize include a hefty dose of marquee authors, such as Paul Auster. But the list also features a pair of debuts, from Emily Fridlund and Fiona Mozley.

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