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Nixon's Manhunt For The High Priest Of LSD In 'The Most Dangerous Man In America'

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

Author Bill Minutaglio's new book chronicles Timothy Leary's international escape from a California prison and the president's campaign to make him the poster child for his war on drugs.

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'People Regret What They Said To Me,' Michael Wolff Tells NPR About Trump Book

NPR Books - January 5, 2018 - 8:07am

"I'm someone who just found his way into this story of our time," the Fire and Fury author says. He stands by the work that has created a rift between President Trump and former adviser Steve Bannon.

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In 'A State Of Freedom,' Be Careful What You Wish For

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

The characters Neel Mukherjee's new novel all want better lives, and — to say the least — they're seldom rewarded. A State of Freedom is a dark, brutal read, but also surprisingly beautiful.

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Fred Bass, Owner Of Landmark NYC Bookstore, Dies At 89

NPR Books - January 4, 2018 - 1:59am

Fred Bass took over The Strand bookstore in New York City from his father and spent most of his long life working in the store which he built into a literary landmark. He died Wednesday at age 89.

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'Meditation For Fidgety Skeptics' Offers Practical Advice For Stressed-Out Cynics

NPR Books - January 4, 2018 - 1:59am

Trying to reduce anxiety and stress in 2018? If the idea of meditation makes you want to toss your coffee cup across the room, ABC News anchor Dan Harris offers some advice in his new book.

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A Is For Appreciation: How Sue Grafton Helped Transform The Mystery Genre

NPR Books - January 2, 2018 - 11:19am

Grafton revolutionized what had become fossilized formula fiction. She tossed out the genre's sexist, racist and nativist clichés and helped make the detective novel matter again.

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Neuroscientist Predicts 'Much Better Treatment' For Alzheimer's Is 10 Years Away

NPR Books - January 2, 2018 - 10:20am

"Just the last few years alone have seen some serious breakthroughs in Alzheimer's research," Joseph Jebelli says. His new book is The Pursuit of Memory.

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In 'Green,' A Pre-Teen Wisens Up To His Privilege

NPR Books - December 31, 2017 - 5:12am

Author Sam Graham-Felsen was the chief blogger for the Obama campaign in 2008. His debut novel is a coming-of-age story that grapples with race in America.

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In 'The Nothing,' A Dirty Old Man Lusts For Life

NPR Books - December 30, 2017 - 5:02am

The new novel from British author Hanif Kureishi finds its octogenarian protagonist, who suspects his wife may be cheating on him, preoccupied with sex and aging.

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Books To Look Forward To In 2018

NPR Books - December 30, 2017 - 5:02am

Weekend Edition recommends new titles coming out in 2018 — about women and by women. They provide escape from reality into the worlds of myth and science fiction.

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Does The Magic Last? Revisiting A Fantasy Classic As An Adult

NPR Books - December 30, 2017 - 4:00am

David Eddings' beloved Belgariad (and several sequels), co-written with his wife Leigh, follows farm boy Garion and his magical destiny. It wrapped up 20 years ago; are its powers still intact?

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Sue Grafton, Best-Selling Author Of Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries, Dies At 77

NPR Books - December 29, 2017 - 12:29pm

Grafton wrote 25 page turners following the spunky female detective. "The alphabet now ends at Y," her daughter wrote on Facebook.

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The 10 Most Popular 'Fresh Air' Interviews Of 2017

NPR Books - December 29, 2017 - 9:42am

In 2017, Fresh Air marked 30 years as a nationally syndicated, daily radio program by doing what it does best: more in-depth interviews.

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Novelist John Le Carré Reflects On His Own 'Legacy' Of Spying

NPR Books - December 28, 2017 - 12:00pm

The 85-year-old novelist worked for MI5 and MI6 early in his career. "I felt I had to suppress my humanity," he says of those years. Originally broadcast Sept. 5, 2017.

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50 Wonderful Things From 2017

NPR Books - December 27, 2017 - 2:00am

It's cold outside, but we've got 50 Wonderful Things from 2017 listed on our blog. Plus, the Pop Culture Happy Hour panel digs into some of the stuff that made it a year worth watching and reading.

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In 'The Power,' Women Develop A Weapon That Changes Everything

NPR Books - December 26, 2017 - 1:34pm

Naomi Alderman's new novel imagines a world in which women suddenly pose a physical threat to men. Alderman says it was gratifying to imagine how characters might use that power to fight back.

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For Children, A Good Booger Joke Helps The Medicine Go Down

NPR Books - December 25, 2017 - 4:00am

Dr. Howard Bennett knows that humor can help his young patients be less worried when they're at the doctor's office. In his latest book, he uses gross-out jokes to explain how kids' bodies work.

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A Complicated Man, Outlined Clearly In Emily Wilson's New 'Odyssey'

NPR Books - December 24, 2017 - 5:15am

The first woman to translate Homer's epic says she wanted to focus on the crystalline clarity she found in the original text, and let the muse speak directly to the readers.

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An Author Addresses A Young Santa Skeptic — Her Daughter

NPR Books - December 23, 2017 - 5:11am

Martha Brockenbrough's new children's book Love, Santa answers potentially delicate questions. "This source of magic that so enraptures us around this time of year — well, it's us," she says.

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'Bollywood Kitchen': A Celebration Of Indian-American Cuisine

NPR Books - December 23, 2017 - 5:11am

A new cookbook aims to capture the blended cuisine of second-generation Indian-Americans. It pairs recipes with Bollywood movies, for an added taste of home.

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