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Debut Author Channeled Her 'Darker Bits' Into A Man Booker Shortlist Novel

NPR Books - December 2, 2017 - 4:43am

Fiona Mozley's book Elmet explores masculinity in both male and female characters. "When we sort of see a woman possessing unexpected or fantastical physical strength it's questioned more," she says.

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Chris Matthews On The 'Raging Spirit' Of Bobby Kennedy

NPR Books - December 2, 2017 - 4:43am

NPR's Scott Simon talks with veteran political commentator and MSNBC host Chris Matthews about his new book, Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit.

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'Dawn Of The New Everything' Argues For Human-Centered Technology

NPR Books - December 2, 2017 - 4:00am

Virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier's book is part memoir, part history of the development of VR, and an unexpected but welcome comparison of the promises of VR with those of artificial intelligence.

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LGBTQ Activist Cleve Jones: 'I'm Well Aware How Fragile Life Is'

NPR Books - December 1, 2017 - 1:23pm

Jones lost countless friends to the AIDS epidemic. He became an activist after Harvey Milk's assassination: "Meeting Harvey, seeing his death, it fixed my course." Originally broadcast Nov. 29, 2016.

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'Bad Sex In Fiction' Award Goes To Novelist Who Compared Skin To Stained Bathtub

NPR Books - December 1, 2017 - 10:02am

American writer Christopher Bollen received the, uh, honor, which was announced on Thursday. His novel The Destroyers featured a memorable pair of less-than-appealing analogies.

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First-Ever Aspen Words Literary Prize Unveils Its List Of Nominees

NPR Books - November 30, 2017 - 8:00am

The annual prize, in its inaugural year, will be awarded to one work of fiction. For the next few months, 20 books remain in contention — including works by Jesmyn Ward, Roxane Gay and Lisa Ko.

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The Argentine Cartoonist Who Moonlights As A Nerd Rockstar

NPR Books - November 30, 2017 - 5:00am

The illustrator known as Liniers is becoming known in the U.S. for his New Yorker covers and children's books. But in Argentina, he's been a multimedia presence for over a decade.

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Teen Angst Has A Body Count In 'I Am Not Okay With This'

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

Sydney, the teenage protagonist of Charles Forsman's new graphic novel, has all the usual problems of her age, plus one: She's telekinetic. And it quickly becomes clear that her story is a grim one.

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Two Towering Figures Collide On The World Stage In '1917'

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

Arthur Herman's new book zooms in on Vladimir Lenin, Woodrow Wilson, and the vast, conflicting historical forces they embodied — and which came to a head in the fateful year of 1917.

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For Jesmyn Ward, Writing Means Telling The 'Truth About The Place That I Live In'

NPR Books - November 28, 2017 - 10:36am

Ward's National Book Award-winning novel, Sing, Unburied, Sing, is set in a small town modeled after her own rural hometown. It centers on a biracial young boy confronting the South's racial legacy.

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'The World Goes On,' With Tiny Moments Of Joy Amid The Uncertainty

NPR Books - November 28, 2017 - 4:00am

Susan Sontag once called author László Krasznahorkai the "contemporary Hungarian master of apocalypse," but his new book — while disturbing — isn't as hopeless as that might lead you to think.

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Bookseller's Foray Into Hollywood Is A Dickens Of A Tale

NPR Books - November 27, 2017 - 1:38pm

Mitch Kaplan runs Books & Books in Miami, and helped start the popular Miami Book Fair. Now, he's making movies based on books, like the new Charles Dickens biopic The Man Who Invented Christmas.

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From Madison Park To Washington, D.C. With Eric Motley

NPR Books - November 27, 2017 - 8:06am

Raised by adoptive grandparents, Motley found his way to the Oval Office as a special assistant to President George W. Bush. Now, he's telling a story about what a good community can do, even when things are bad.

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New Biography Features Recipes Of Famed Chef And Cookbook Author Paula Wolfert

NPR Books - November 26, 2017 - 4:57am

When Paula Wolfert was diagnosed with dementia, author Emily Kaiser Thelin set out to capture the chef's legacy, as well as her elaborate Mediterranean specialties, now featured in Unforgettable.

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'The Green Hand' Captures The Colorful Essence Of The Uncanny

NPR Books - November 26, 2017 - 4:00am

Previously, American comics fans would've been lucky to discover French artist Nicole Claveloux in old issues of Heavy Metal magazine. Now, her delightfully weird work has been compiled in a new book.

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George Orwell's Life In 'The Last Man In Europe'

NPR Books - November 25, 2017 - 5:00am

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Dennis Glover about his new book, The Last Man in Europe. Glover's novel is a fictionalized account of George Orwell's life as he wrote 1984.

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Brush Up Your Shelley With 'Frankenstein: The First Two Hundred Years'

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

Christopher Frayling's new celebration of Frankenstein is half art book, half scholarly study, tracing the famous monster's path from page to stage to screen, just in time for his 200th birthday.

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

NPR Books - November 24, 2017 - 10:31am

Wainwright details his life as a husband, father, son, philanderer and musician in the memoir Liner Notes. Originally broadcast Sept. 6, 2017.

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Less Waste, More Taste: A Master Chef Reimagines Thanksgiving Leftovers

NPR Books - November 24, 2017 - 7:00am

Over this Thanksgiving week, Americans will toss almost 200 million pounds of turkey alone. Massimo Bottura helps us fight food waste by showing us how to turn leftovers into a world-class new meal.

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When Making Books Was As Much Of An Art As Writing Them

NPR Books - November 23, 2017 - 4:56pm

The Larkspur Press in Kentucky is two years behind schedule, with no plans to catch up. Printer Gray Zeitz sets each letter of the book by hand and then prints on a press from the early 1900s.

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