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Tea And Memories With Vancouver Author Jen Sookfong Lee

NPR Books - October 29, 2017 - 3:03am

Lee's grandfather owned a barber shop — there's a tea shop there now — and was a pillar of Vancouver's Chinese-Canadian community. Over jasmine tea, Lee talks about her memories of her grandfather.

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After 'Choosing Donald Trump,' Is The Evangelical Church In Crisis?

NPR Books - October 29, 2017 - 3:00am

In his new book about the president and faith, author Stephen Mansfield argues evangelical witness has been hurt by the church's support for Trump.

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Previously Unseen Photos Of Michelle Obama Illuminate 'Chasing Light'

NPR Books - October 28, 2017 - 1:41pm

Official White House photographer Amanda Lucidon's new book collects scenes featuring the former first lady — "one of the most genuine and compassionate and thoughtful people" she'd ever met.

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'The King Is Always Above The People' In More Lands Than One

NPR Books - October 28, 2017 - 4:09am

Daniel Alarcón's new collection of short stories follows a young man living in a capital post-revolution and includes an Abraham Lincoln love story, set in modern-day Chicago.

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'I Can't Breathe' Shows Us Eric Garner's Life — Not Just His Death

NPR Books - October 28, 2017 - 3:00am

Garner's death at the hands of police on a Staten Island street in 2014 sparked nationwide protests. Matt Taibbi's new book traces his life, and the policing policies that brought him to that moment.

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'Ghosts of the Tsunami' Shows How 2011 Event Transformed Japan

NPR Books - October 27, 2017 - 12:40pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to journalist Richard Lloyd Parry about his new book, Ghosts of the Tsunami, that documents life after the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011.

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Who Says You Can't Train A Cat? A Book Of Tips For Feline-Human Harmony

NPR Books - October 27, 2017 - 9:53am

Feline behavior specialist Sarah Ellis explains how you can train your kitty to come on command, take medicine and stop waking you up in the middle of the night. Originally broadcast Sept. 12, 2016.

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These 'Paperbacks From Hell' Reflect The Real-Life Angst Of The 1970s

NPR Books - October 26, 2017 - 12:42pm

Author Grady Hendrix's new book is a celebration of the lurid horror paperbacks of the 1970s, books that gave already frightened readers an endless supply of things to fear, from jellyfish to clowns.

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'Ghosts Of The Tsunami' Examines The Disaster That Haunts Japan

NPR Books - October 26, 2017 - 3:00am

Richard Lloyd Parry looks at the aftermath of Japan's 2011 tsunami in this brutally honest new book, which refuses to mitigate the full horror of the events with feel-good recovery stories.

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'Her Body and Other Parties' Charts Dark Territory With Enormous Style

NPR Books - October 25, 2017 - 10:01am

The eight stories in Carmen Maria Machado's new collection feature women in extremis — physical danger, psychological meltdown, treacherous love or close encounters of a ghostly kind.

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Journalist Chronicles Ordinary People Fighting Extremism In Africa

NPR Books - October 25, 2017 - 10:01am

New Yorker writer Alexis Okeowo wanted to get past standard journalistic narratives of war and tragedy and show people as flawed, complicated individuals in her new book, A Moonless, Starless Sky.

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Alexis Okeowo Finds God In The Brave Acts Of Ordinary Africans

NPR Books - October 25, 2017 - 7:18am

The journalist, fatigued with stories of hopelessness and despair, writes a book about people who have the courage to resist extremism — sometimes just by playing basketball.

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The Trick To Making Your Own Halloween Candy? Swallowing Your Fear

NPR Books - October 25, 2017 - 7:04am

Jami Curl is a homemade candy evangelist. The sweet stuff can be made from "real" ingredients — and you can do it at home. The process can be intimidating, but also kind of magical.

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John Hodgman And The Three Wildernesses Of 'Vacationland'

NPR Books - October 25, 2017 - 5:30am

Author, comedian, and fake internet judge John Hodgman talks about his new book Vacationland, mediating internet disputes, writing a serious book after a lot of fake facts, and lots more.

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'Adèle Bedeau' Is A Delightfully Macabre Mix Of Text And Subtext

NPR Books - October 25, 2017 - 3:00am

Graeme Macrae Burnet's stylish, atmospheric mystery can be read just as a dark little detective story — but it's worth paying attention to the novel's playful found-manuscript framing device.

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Climate Change Journalist Warns: 'Mother Nature Is Playing By Different Rules Now'

NPR Books - October 24, 2017 - 10:00am

Author Jeff Goodell says that American cities are under threat from extreme weather, rising sea levels and lax enforcement of environmental regulations. His new book is The Water Will Come.

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In 'Vacationland,' John Hodgman Turns His Pen On Himself

NPR Books - October 24, 2017 - 3:00am

Hodgman's past few books have been jokey compendiums of fake knowledge, but with Vacationland he's getting a little realer with an achingly funny chronicle of his metamorphosis into middle age.

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This Halloween: What Does It Mean To Call Something 'Spooky'?

NPR Books - October 24, 2017 - 2:18am

Scared, fine. Frightened, sure. But spooked? This week, we dive into the racial history behind one of Halloween's most fraught descriptors.

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In 'Vacationland,' John Hodgman Tells The Funny Story Of His Life

NPR Books - October 23, 2017 - 1:26pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with John Hodgman about his new book Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches. This time Hodgman isn't writing about nonsensical histories, but his life.

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Pablo Neruda Didn't Die Of Cancer, Experts Say. So What Killed The Poet?

NPR Books - October 23, 2017 - 12:27pm

Official documents say the Nobel laureate died of prostate cancer in 1973. But 16 forensics experts have unanimously concluded that isn't true, stoking suspicions again that he was actually poisoned.

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