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'World Without Mind' Is An Urgent, Personal Polemic

NPR Books - September 13, 2017 - 6:00am

Franklin Foer's new book on the collision of technology and democracy is heavily informed by his unhappy 2014 departure from The New Republic, after its takeover by Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes.

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The Pleasures Of Story Get Lost In This 'Forest Dark'

NPR Books - September 13, 2017 - 3:00am

In Nicole Krauss' new novel, two characters move to Israel in search of fresh starts. But this strained tale of midlife crisis takes some odd turns and never quite coheres.

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'Survivor Cafe' Explores How To Preserve The Legacy Of Horrific Events

NPR Books - September 12, 2017 - 12:31pm

How do we carry the stories of horrific events forward? That's one of the questions Elizabeth Rosner tries to answer in her book, Survivor Cafe: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory.

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Adolescent Friendship Fades Away In Claire Messud's Gothic 'Burning Girl'

NPR Books - September 12, 2017 - 9:50am

Messud's novel centers on best friends from different class backgrounds who begin to drift apart in 7th grade. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls The Burning Girl a story of "betrayal and isolation."

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Reporter Katy Tur Shares Her 'Front-Row' View Of The Trump Campaign

NPR Books - September 12, 2017 - 9:12am

Tur was at a rally in South Carolina when Trump called her name and pointed at her from the podium. Then, she says, "The entire place turns and they roar as one ... like a giant, unchained animal."

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In 'Damascus,' A Chilling Mystery With A Personal Connection

NPR Books - September 12, 2017 - 6:21am

Deborah Campbell's A Disappearance in Damascus is both a taut detective story and an intimate account of friendship during war — and that's before our reviewer discovered her own part in the story.

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Who Is 'What Happened' For? Maybe Hillary Clinton Most Of All

NPR Books - September 11, 2017 - 8:40pm

Danielle Kurtzleben says Clinton's tale about her losing 2016 campaign reads like the unburdening of a woman relieved to finally, without interruption, tell her side of a story everyone already knows.

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Hillary Clinton Is 'Done,' But Not Going Away

NPR Books - September 11, 2017 - 8:01pm

In interviews with NPR, Clinton discusses her life since the election she didn't expect to lose and why she lost. And she offers scathing criticism of President Trump.

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'World Without Mind': How Tech Companies Pose An Existential Threat

NPR Books - September 11, 2017 - 2:31pm

From Facebook's algorithms to our reliance on phones instead of our memories, tech giants are taking us to a future that's either utopian or dystopian, author Franklin Foer says.

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Len Wein, Co-Creator Of Wolverine And Storm Comics, Dies At 69

NPR Books - September 11, 2017 - 12:33pm

Len Wein, co-creator of iconic comic book characters such as Wolverine and Storm, has died. He was 69 years old.

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He Wanted To Be A Soldier But Became A Bank Robber

NPR Books - September 10, 2017 - 4:26am

A good kid just out of high school gets swept up into a plot to rob a bank. Ben Blum tells Linda Wertheimer the true story of his cousin Alex in Ranger Games.

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'Big Chicken': The Medical Mystery That Traced Back To Slaughterhouse Workers

NPR Books - September 10, 2017 - 3:00am

In the 1950s, the poultry industry began dunking birds in antibiotic baths. It was supposed to keep meat fresher and healthier. That's not what happened, as Maryn McKenna recounts in her new book.

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'Gorbachev' Is A Gripping, Sympathetic And Detailed Portrait

NPR Books - September 10, 2017 - 3:00am

In Gorbachev: His Life and Times, biographer William Taubman makes a convincing case that the former Soviet leader's decency — the word appears throughout the book — is key to understanding him.

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Take A Dip Into The Glittering Past Of 'The Riviera Set'

NPR Books - September 9, 2017 - 6:00am

The fabulously louche social scene of the mid-century French Riviera — where socialites and stars mixed with the likes of Winston Churchill — comes alive again in Mary S. Lovell's The Riviera Set.

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Books By Hemingway, Kerouac And Bukowski Are Stolen Most Often

NPR Books - September 9, 2017 - 4:06am

Scott Simon speaks with David Sandberg, owner of Porter Square Books in Cambridge, Mass., about all the Hemingway, Kerouac and Bukowski books that have kept getting stolen over the years.

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A Mother And Daughter Upset Suburban Status Quo In 'Little Fires Everywhere'

NPR Books - September 9, 2017 - 3:39am

Novelist Celeste Ng knows Shaker Heights, Ohio well. Writing about your own hometown is "like writing about a relative," she says. "You love them dearly, and yet you also know all of their quirks."

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In 'Frankenstein Dreams,' Everything Is Possible — And Also Terrifying

NPR Books - September 9, 2017 - 3:00am

Michael Sims' anthology of Victorian science fiction explores the way Mary Shelley's classic novel Frankenstein fit the nervous energy of the 19th century and shaped the genre that came after it.

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In 'Crash Override,' Zoe Quinn Shares Her Boss Battle Against Online Harassment

NPR Books - September 8, 2017 - 9:00am

Having watched many colleagues attacked for speaking up, gamer Latoya Peterson offers a deeply personal review. "I applaud Quinn for ... accepting that she is messy, imperfect and, well: Human."

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'Young People Who Do Extraordinary Things' Are The Norm In Marie Lu's YA World

NPR Books - September 8, 2017 - 1:15am

The best-selling young adult author specializes in dystopian fiction. Her latest, Warcross, is set in the not-too-distant future, and draws on Lu's time working in the video game industry.

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'Spettacolo' Lovingly Chronicles A Tuscan Theatrical Tradition In Decline

NPR Books - September 7, 2017 - 1:00pm

Once a year, for 51 years, residents of the Tuscan hamlet Monticchielo have staged a play about their lives. A new documentary finds the town's younger generation is losing interest in the practice.

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