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Critic's 'Ghost List' Has Books, Music And A TV Show That Deserve A Second Look

NPR Books - December 13, 2017 - 11:23am

Every year, critic John Powers is haunted by the things he wishes he'd reviewed. The themes his 2017 "Ghost List" range in spirit from cosmic surrealism to ripped-from-the-headlines immediacy.

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Don't Invite These Guys To Your Holiday Party

NPR Books - December 13, 2017 - 8:06am

Lest ye be judged.

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Showstopping Holiday Desserts For Home Cooks Of All Skill Levels

NPR Books - December 13, 2017 - 2:02am

Want to take your homemade treats to the next level? We've got three recipes to put warmth, color and a little wow on your holiday table from chef Yotam Ottolenghi.

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Maureen Corrigan Picks Books To Close Out A Chaotic 2017

NPR Books - December 12, 2017 - 9:13am

Fresh Air's book critic says her 2017 list is chaotic in a good way. "These books zing off in all directions: They're fresh, unruly and dismissive of the canned and contrived."

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For December, Forget Wrapping Presents And Treat Yourself To These 3 Romances

NPR Books - December 12, 2017 - 4:00am

Escape from the holiday whirl with three tasty romances, featuring a duke with an epic library, a young girl finding herself in the big city and a proper lady finding love where she least expects it.

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'Ferdinand' The Peaceful Bull Gets His First Full-Length Film

NPR Books - December 12, 2017 - 2:00am

In 1936 the book, The Story of Ferdinand, was published. Two years later, Disney turned it into an Oscar-winning short film. Now, the beloved story has gotten its first major movie adaptation.

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Tina Brown To The Max

NPR Books - December 11, 2017 - 8:18am

The journalist and editor has a new book that looks back at the early years of her legendary career.

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Examining The Role Self Awareness Plays In Sexual Harassment

NPR Books - December 10, 2017 - 2:32pm

Many people accused of sexual harassment say they weren't aware that their behavior was inappropriate. NPR's Michel Martin talks with Tasha Eurich, author of the book Insight, about self-awareness.

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In A New Novel, The 'Lost Prayers' Of A Gay Teen Bullied To Death

NPR Books - December 9, 2017 - 4:56am

James Han Mattson's debut book, inspired by the real-life suicide of an outed young man, treats the Internet as both lifeline and paper trail of a tormented, small-town adolescence.

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A Father's Cruel Mission To Create 'The Only Girl In The World'

NPR Books - December 9, 2017 - 4:56am

Maude Julien's new memoir chronicles her extraordinary — and awful — childhood with fanatical parents determined to turn her into the ultimate survivor through deprivation, violence and endless tests.

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25 Years Later, He Speaks To The Man Who Killed His Son

NPR Books - December 8, 2017 - 2:11am

Ahead of the 25th anniversary of a shooting at Simon's Rock college in Massachusetts, a father whose son was killed that day sits down with the man who pulled the trigger.

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Exploring Politics And Religion In 'Three Daughters Of Eve'

NPR Books - December 8, 2017 - 2:11am

Turkish writer Elif Shafak juggles politics, faith and feminism in her new novel set in Turkey and England. Steve Inskeep speaks with her about her book Three Daughters of Eve.

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'Cartoon County' Looks Back At The Golden Age Of Sunday Comics

NPR Books - December 5, 2017 - 10:41am

Vanity Fair editor-at-large Cullen Murphy grew up the son of a cartoonist. His father, John Cullen Murphy, drew the popular Prince Valiant strip, which Murphy eventually wrote for 14 years.

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The 2017 NPR Book Concierge: Get Your Read On

NPR Books - December 5, 2017 - 2:17am

NPR launches its 2017 Book Concierge on Tuesday, pulling together a year's worth of favorite reads from staff and critics. NPR Books editor Petra Mayer talks about some of this year's selections.

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NPR's Book Concierge: Our Guide To 2017's Great Reads

NPR Books - December 5, 2017 - 2:00am

The Book Concierge is back and bigger than ever! Explore more than 350 standout titles picked by NPR staff and critics.

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'Nuclear War Planner' Reflects On The Cold War And Assesses The Current Threat

NPR Books - December 4, 2017 - 10:46am

In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers to the press in hopes they would help end the Vietnam War. He looks back on his early days as a national security analyst in The Doomsday Machine.

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Do Politics Matter In Poetry? New Biography Explores The Case Of Ezra Pound

NPR Books - December 4, 2017 - 10:46am

A central figure in 20th century poetry, Pound was also an outspoken fascist. In The Bughouse, Daniel Swift investigates whether or not the poet's politics and madness matter to his work.

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In 'Hiddensee,' Gregory Maguire Gets Under The Shell Of 'The Nutcracker'

NPR Books - December 3, 2017 - 5:08am

Author Gregory Maguire made his name rewriting fairy tales. Now, he's taken on The Nutcracker — a beloved holiday classic, yes, but one that Maguire says makes no sense as it's usually performed.

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Girl Meets Frog Monster In 'Mrs. Caliban'

NPR Books - December 3, 2017 - 4:00am

This season's secret weapon in literary banter will be Mrs. Caliban, a peculiar, wonderful, overlooked 1983 novella by Rachel Ingalls, about a housewife whose life is upended by a suave frog monster.

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Emily Wilson's 'Odyssey' Scrapes The Barnacles Off Homer's Hull

NPR Books - December 2, 2017 - 7:00am

Wilson — the first woman to translate The Odyssey — has created a fresh, authoritative and slyly humorous version of Homer's epic that scours away archaisms while preserving nuance and complexity.

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