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Dan Rather, An Unlikely Essayist, On 'What Unites Us'

NPR Books - November 3, 2017 - 12:35pm

Equally optimistic and concerned, the longtime television news anchor — now a Facebook phenomenon — has written a book that doesn't hide his love of country.

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Dan Rather, An Unlikely Essayist, On 'What Unites Us'

NPR Books - November 3, 2017 - 12:35pm

Equally optimistic and concerned, the longtime television news anchor — now a Facebook phenomenon — has written a book that doesn't hide his love of country.

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From Fire Hydrants To Rescue Work, Dogs Perceive The World Through Smell

NPR Books - November 3, 2017 - 10:58am

Dogs can sniff out people, drugs, bombs, cancer and much more. In her book Being A Dog, Alexandra Horowitz explores the mysteries and mechanics of canine noses. Originally broadcast Oct. 4, 2016.

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In 'Bonfire,' Krysten Ritter Digs Up Dirt Both Environmental And Emotional

NPR Books - November 3, 2017 - 7:46am

The heroine of Ritter's new novel doesn't want to come home and face her dark secrets. Ritter says putting "messy women" on screen and on the page can help real women deal with their own issues.

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Sadr City Attack On U.S. Troops Retold In 'The Long Road Home'

NPR Books - November 2, 2017 - 12:07pm

Martha Raddatz' 2007 book chronicling the ambush has been turned into an 8-part National Geographic series. "I think it's been healing for a lot of the guys. It's been healing for me, too," she says.

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Jann Wenner, 'Rolling Stone,' And The Decline Of Rock 'N' Roll

NPR Books - November 2, 2017 - 10:53am

Joe Hagan's Sticky Fingers, compiled from unfettered access to Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner, steadfastly avoids hagiography. It can't avoid a sad ending.

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'Big Chicken' Connects Poultry Farming To Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

NPR Books - November 2, 2017 - 10:23am

In her new book, health journalist Maryn McKenna explores how many of the chickens consumed in the U.S. have been fed antibiotics, which can lead to serious infections in humans.

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Writing On The Terrifying Beauty Of The Human Future

NPR Books - November 2, 2017 - 8:13am

Author Kim Stanley Robinson deserves a place as a true visionary: He has done more than just write good science-fiction — he's mapped out new territory in what it means to be human, says Adam Frank.

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Empathy And Detachment Mix In 'The King Is Always Above The People'

NPR Books - November 2, 2017 - 3:00am

Daniel Alarcón's new story collection is an empathetic look at isolation, whether due to migration, loneliness or poverty. His mix of kindness and distance makes the stories land like a gut punch.

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'Guerrilla Tacos': Street Food With A High-End Pedigree

NPR Books - November 2, 2017 - 12:23am

Wes Avila is leading a new wave of LA chefs: children of immigrants, classically trained in French cuisine, who blur the lines between high and low. His acclaimed food truck now has a cookbook.

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Columnist Lindy West Sees 'Straight Line' From Trolls Who Targeted Her To Trump

NPR Books - November 1, 2017 - 12:30pm

The New York Times columnist knows what it's like to encounter a barrage of hate from Internet trolls. She says she heard many of their messages repeated by Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign.

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'Friends Divided' Digs Into The Bumpy Bonds Between 2 Presidents

NPR Books - November 1, 2017 - 3:00am

Gordon S. Wood's engaging new dual biography of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams aims to discover why Jefferson is so much more well-loved than his lifelong (though sometimes estranged) friend.

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The Other Reformation: How Martin Luther Changed Our Beer, Too

NPR Books - October 31, 2017 - 9:17am

The protest movement Luther launched 500 years ago revamped not only how Europe worshipped but how it drank. We'd call him the patron saint of beer except, well, he wouldn't like the "saint" part.

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French Graphic Novel 'Satania' Breaks New Ground — Underground

NPR Books - October 31, 2017 - 3:00am

Halloween is a time for surprises, so it's a great time for Satania, by Fabien Vehlmann and Kerascoët — it's a thoroughly surprising story about a young girl searching for her missing brother.

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'Fasting And Feasting': The Remarkable Life of Patience Gray

NPR Books - October 31, 2017 - 3:00am

A British food writer, Gray advocated slow food and foraging long before the rest of the food world. Her work had outsized influence on chefs from Alice Waters on. A new biography tells her story.

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'Hank And Jim' Highlights The Long Friendship Of 2 Hollywood Legends

NPR Books - October 31, 2017 - 1:01am

A new biography documents the lives and friendship of actors Henry Fonda and James Stewart.

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Tom Hanks And Matthew Weiner Cross Over Into The World Of Fiction

NPR Books - October 30, 2017 - 11:04am

The actor and the Mad Men creator each recently published a book: Hanks' Uncommon Type is a short story collection and Weiner's Heather, The Totality is a novella about two upper-class New Yorkers.

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John Hodgman Reflects On His Mother's Death And White Privilege

NPR Books - October 30, 2017 - 10:52am

Hodgman says, "The biggest privilege of white privilege is the ability to turn off race and pretend that it is not an issue." His new book is called Vacationland.

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In 'Long Way Down,' The Ghosts Of Gun Violence Chill A Plan For Revenge

NPR Books - October 30, 2017 - 12:51am

Jason Reynolds' new book follows a 15-year-old who must make a crucial decision after the murder of his brother, all in the time it takes for an elevator to travel 60 seconds to the ground floor.

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Queen Victoria's Unlikely Bond With Indian Attendant Made Curry Classy

NPR Books - October 29, 2017 - 4:00am

The new film Victoria & Abdul sheds light on this extraordinary friendship, which had a spicy side effect: Curries, once a way to use up leftovers, began to simmer regularly in the royal kitchens.

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