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A Knock Unanswered, A Body Unmourned: 'The Unknown Girl'

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

Sorry, Wrong Nombre: Directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, known for stripped-down social realist dramas, bring their spare aesthetic to a surprisingly pulpy murder mystery.

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Biologist Jonathan Losos Explores 'Convergent Evolution' In 'Improbable Destinies'

NPR Books - September 7, 2017 - 12:28pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Jonathan Losos, author of the new book, Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution, which explores the growing understanding of "convergent evolution."

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Addiction Is A Family Affair In 'Mayhem'

NPR Books - September 7, 2017 - 6:00am

Sigrid Rausing is heir to a packaging fortune and a global philanthropist, but her new memoir describes a painfully ordinary family tragedy: her sister-in-law's drug addiction, struggle and death.

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People And Animals, 'Falling And Flying,' Make For A Hypnotic Read

NPR Books - September 7, 2017 - 3:00am

Ben Loory's new story collection is dreamlike in the best way: both cheerfully surreal and cosmically unsettling, full of lovelorn cephalopods, discontented sloths and the occasional darker touch.

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Conservative Publisher Quits 'NYT' Best-Seller List

NPR Books - September 7, 2017 - 1:09am

Conservative book publisher Regnery has announced that it will no longer use the New York Times best-seller list in its promotional materials. Regnery says it is biased.

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Fiery And Nuanced, 'Tales Of Two Americas' Sheds Light On Economic Inequality

NPR Books - September 6, 2017 - 10:00am

This collection of essays, poems, and short stories — edited by John Freeman — makes for a gripping and intensely personal examination of inequality, transience and displacement in America.

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Loudon Wainwright III Opens Up About The 'Exes & Excess' That Inform His Music

NPR Books - September 6, 2017 - 6:36am

Wainwright has written remarkable songs about family, and how we hurt and heal each other. Now he details his life as a husband, father, son, philanderer and musician in the memoir Liner Notes.

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'The World Of Tomorrow' Is A Huge Story, Told Intimately

NPR Books - September 6, 2017 - 3:00am

Brendan Mathew's The World of Tomorrow follows three Irish brothers having the best (or the worst) week of their lives, in 1939 New York. It's a serious literary novel, but full of madcap flourishes.

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'Sing' Mourns The Dead, Both Buried And Unburied

NPR Books - September 5, 2017 - 11:00pm

Jesmyn Ward's lush and lonely new novel is set amid the mud, blood and heat of Mississippi. It's a road-trip odyssey complicated by hunger, sickness and the murderous racism that infects the town.

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Leaving The Past Behind — Or Trying To — In Rushdie's Latest

NPR Books - September 5, 2017 - 12:29pm

Salman Rushdie's The Golden House explores the idea of reinvention in America, through an Indian family whose shady patriarch may not be able to escape his past, despite fleeing across the Atlantic.

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

NPR Books - September 5, 2017 - 11:29am

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. His new novel is called A Legacy of Spies.

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Zoë Quinn On #Gamergate

NPR Books - September 5, 2017 - 7:06am

The Internet can be a terrible place.

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'Blood, Sweat, And Pixels': For Designers Of Video Games, It's Always Crunch Time

NPR Books - September 5, 2017 - 6:00am

Journalist Jason Schreier walks readers through the development of 10 recent games, finding marked similarities in the essential infrastructure of their design and production.

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A Black Food Historian Explores His Bittersweet Connection To Robert E. Lee

NPR Books - September 5, 2017 - 3:00am

Michael Twitty's enslaved ancestors witnessed the Confederate general's surrender, the significance of which weaves through his new memoir as he seeks 'culinary justice' for African Americans.

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In 'A Legacy Of Spies,' John Le Carré Goes Back Out In 'The Cold'

NPR Books - September 5, 2017 - 1:04am

Former CIA operative Valerie Plame says pop culture doesn't usually get espionage right — but le Carré comes close. His new novel is a kind of prequel to 1963's The Spy Who Came in From the Cold.

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John Ashbery, Celebrated And Experimental Poet Of The 20th Century, Dies At 90

NPR Books - September 3, 2017 - 2:57pm

Although his enigmatic poems confounded literary critics and peers who heaped praise on him, his abstract, modernist style reinvented literature for a generation of writers.

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For September, 3 Twisty, Turny, Thrill-Packed Romances

NPR Books - September 3, 2017 - 6:00am

As the weather turns cooler and we start to emerge from summer's torpor, it's time for some faster-paced romances with plenty of exciting twists and turns on the way to the happily-ever-after.

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A Feminist Adaptation Of 'Snow White'

NPR Books - September 3, 2017 - 4:07am

Melissa Bashardoust's new novel is a feminist adaptation of Snow White called Girls Made of Snow and Glass. She talks to Lulu Garcia-Navarro about the story of two women pitted against each other.

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Poems For Houston

NPR Books - September 3, 2017 - 4:07am

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Gwendolyn Zepeda, Houston's first poet laureate, about the spotlight on the city during Hurricane Harvey.

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In 'World Of Tomorrow,' A Novelist Found Echoes Of 1939, Today

NPR Books - September 3, 2017 - 4:07am

Brendan Mathews' debut novel is a sprawling story of three Irish brothers and their adventures in America on the cusp of World War II.

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