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'I Can't Breathe' Examines Modern Policing And The Life And Death Of Eric Garner

NPR Books - October 23, 2017 - 10:27am

"The reality is that Eric Garner died at the hands of a police force and a criminal justice system that were designed entirely by white people, for the most part," says journalist Matt Taibbi.

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Khizr Khan Says His Faith In America Is Stronger Than Ever

NPR Books - October 23, 2017 - 12:53am

The Gold Star father who made headlines last year after he spoke at the Democratic National Convention has a new memoir, An American Family, about growing up in Pakistan and coming to America.

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Dan Brown Pits Creationism Against Science In His Latest Novel, 'Origin'

NPR Books - October 22, 2017 - 2:29pm

Brown has long considered questions about science and faith, leavened with plenty of adventure, of course. In his new novel, he asks whether faith in God (or gods) can survive the advance of science.

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Author Recognizes Ordinary Africans Fighting Extremism

NPR Books - October 22, 2017 - 3:37am

NPR's Melissa Block talks to Alexis Okeowo author of A Moonless, Starless Sky. Among the stories, a Somali girl defies al-Shabab and plays basketball, and a Mauritanian man campaigns against slavery.

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'Hotel Scarface': The Hotel At The Center Of Miami's Cocaine Boom

NPR Books - October 22, 2017 - 3:37am

NPR's Melissa Block talks to journalist Roben Farzad about his new book, Hotel Scarface: Where Cocaine Cowboys Partied and Plotted to Control Miami. It was a hub for Miami's exploding cocaine trade.

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Family Drama Against A Flooded Backdrop In 'The Floating World'

NPR Books - October 22, 2017 - 3:00am

C. Morgan Babst's portrait of a troubled New Orleans family that fractures further during and after Hurricane Katrina is poetic and suspenseful — but the drama sometimes drowns in too much detail.

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Philip Pullman Returns To The Dark Materials Universe In A New Prequel — Er, 'Equel'

NPR Books - October 21, 2017 - 4:12am

The fantasy world of the author's His Dark Materials series is back in The Book Of Dust: La Belle Sauvage. It's the first entry in a new trilogy.

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No One's Hands Are Clean In 'The Butchering Art'

NPR Books - October 21, 2017 - 3:00am

Lindsey Fitzharris' new book about the horrors of Victorian medicine and the introduction of antisepsis is a vital, effective history — but perhaps you shouldn't read it with a full stomach.

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Anthony Bourdain On 'Appetites,' Washing Dishes And The Food He Still Won't Eat

NPR Books - October 20, 2017 - 9:21am

The TV host's new documentary is Wasted! The Story of Food Waste. In 2016, Bourdain spoke to Fresh Air about cooking for his young daughter: "If she's not happy, I'm not happy."

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'I'm Just Trying To Make Myself Laugh': 'New Yorker' Artist Shares His Cover Stories

NPR Books - October 20, 2017 - 7:00am

Barry Blitt's new book features some of the cartoonist's most memorable and merciless work, including his 2008 drawing of Barack and Michelle Obama fist-bumping in the Oval Office.

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Gabrielle Union Gets Real In 'We're Going To Need More Wine'

NPR Books - October 20, 2017 - 12:58am

Union has graced screens big and small since the '90s. Now she's written a frank, funny essay collection that's not just a celebrity tell-all (though she does dish on Heath Ledger's dreaminess).

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New Book Argues A Theory In Policing Is To Blame For Eric Garner's Death

NPR Books - October 19, 2017 - 12:16pm

Eric Garner was killed by the police in New York City in 2014. His final words were, "I can't breathe." A book by journalist Matt Taibbi argues that "Broken Windows" is to blame for Garner's death.

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For Novelist John Green, OCD Is Like An 'Invasive Weed' Inside His Mind

NPR Books - October 19, 2017 - 10:34am

"It starts out with one little thought, and then slowly that becomes the only thought that you're able to have," Green says. His new novel, Turtles All The Way Down, is about a teenage girl with OCD.

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Amnesty For Little Book Lovers: New York City Libraries Shelve Kids' Late Fees

NPR Books - October 19, 2017 - 8:19am

On Thursday, the city's public library systems are forgiving fines on overdue materials checked out by readers age 17 and under, reopening library doors to young readers once blocked by unpaid fees.

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The Book That Changed The Borders

NPR Books - October 19, 2017 - 7:06am

On this show, we show how the book "Borderlands" has been integrated into the Chicana and feminist literary canon.

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Custom-Printed Cocktails On The Moon? 'Soonish' Shows Us How

NPR Books - October 19, 2017 - 6:00am

Zach and Kelly Weinersmith's accessible, occasionally goofy new book lays out futuristic fantasies (like matter-printed cocktails) and connects them to projects scientists are working on right now.

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Tom Hanks Considers The Cosmos, Nora Ephron, And A Man Dressed As A Shrimp

NPR Books - October 19, 2017 - 2:01am

Tom Hanks has written a short story collection called Uncommon Type. Here, he talks about stories, characters, the film goddess Pelicula, and what happened to the suit he wore as David S. Pumpkins.

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Night + Market Chef's New Cookbook Combines Thai Food And Fun

NPR Books - October 19, 2017 - 1:04am

David Greene talks to chef Kris Yenbamroong about his new cookbook. It's titled: Night Market: Delicious Thai Food to Facilitate Drinking and Fun-Having Amongst Friends.

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Philip Pullman's Realm Of Poetry And Inspiration

NPR Books - October 19, 2017 - 1:00am

Pullman — author of the beloved His Dark Materials trilogy — says poet William Blake's idea of mystical multiple vision, of different ways of seeing, is "absolutely central" to his new book.

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In New Cookbook, Acclaimed Indian Restaurant Finally Spills Its Secrets

NPR Books - October 18, 2017 - 11:28am

Rasika, a top eatery in Washington, D.C., is famous for its crispy spinach and modern twists on classic dishes. Now the owner and chef are sharing some of their prized — and adventurous — recipes.

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