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Science 'Gone Wrong' Can Teach Us

NPR Books - August 25, 2017 - 7:26am

Pandora's Lab stresses that for science to work, it needs to base claims on data, studies need to be replicable, and scientists must be more attached to science than to their own ideas, says Alva Noë.

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A Retired Marine And A Photojournalist Confront War's 'Invisible Injuries'

NPR Books - August 24, 2017 - 12:16pm

Marine Sgt. TJ Brennan suffered from memory loss after being injured by a grenade in Afghanistan in 2010. Finbarr O'Reilly captured the event on film. Now the two men have written a memoir.

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'To E Or Not To E': USC And UCLA Quibble Over How To Spell Shakespear(e)

NPR Books - August 24, 2017 - 11:43am

At the base of a new, towering statue of a Trojan queen, Southern Cal quoted a few choice verses from the Bard. But, UCLA students pointed out, the school misspelled his name ... or did it?

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On Shaky Ground

NPR Books - August 24, 2017 - 7:06am

Coast-to-coast, Americans should be prepared for earthquakes.

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'The Red-Haired Woman' Is A Minor Work From A Major Author

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

Orhan Pamuk is almost synonymous with Turkish literature; he's won the Nobel Prize for his work. But his latest, about a well-digger and his apprentice, doesn't reach the heights of his earlier books.

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Knausgaard Comes Up Short: In 'Autumn,' Less Isn't Always More

NPR Books - August 23, 2017 - 3:00am

Karl Ove Knausgaard — famed for his epic memoir My Struggle — goes for short and sweet in Autumn, a meditative seasonal reflection. But while there are lovely moments, the book strays into banality.

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Knausgaard's 'Autumn' Considers Everything From Toilet Bowls To Twilight

NPR Books - August 22, 2017 - 1:02pm

Karl Ove Knausgaard — known for his six-volume autobiographical series My Struggle — is now writing meditative, short texts, focused on a variety of topics, interspersed with letters to his daughter.

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If You Want Groundbreaking Noir, Try Looking 'In A Lonely Place'

NPR Books - August 22, 2017 - 9:31am

The 1950 film starring Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame was adapted from a lesser-known 1947 novel by Dorothy B. Hughes, who belongs in the crime-writing pantheon. The novel's just been re-released.

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Books Become A Bridge Out Of Grief In 'The Futilitarians'

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

Anne Gisleson was reeling from a series of family tragedies when she began meeting with friends to discuss books and life in post-Katrina New Orleans. Her new book chronicles a year of those meetings.

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'What She Ate': The Culinary Biographies Of Some Remarkable Women

NPR Books - August 22, 2017 - 1:01am

A new book examines the lives of six different women — such as Eleanor Roosevelt and Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown — through the food they ate. It's called What She Ate by Laura Shapiro.

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The Antifa Handbook

NPR Books - August 21, 2017 - 7:06am

The history and strategy of anti-fascist organizing.

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'Y Is For Yesterday': Sue Grafton's Penultimate Mystery Series Novel

NPR Books - August 20, 2017 - 1:59pm

Sue Grafton's latest novel is the second to last in a series spanning A to Z and 35 years worth of best-selling murder mysteries featuring fictional female detective Kinsey Millhone.

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'Young Jane Young' Is A Political Sex Scandal, Told Through Women's Eyes

NPR Books - August 20, 2017 - 3:59am

Young Jane Young is the story of a political sex scandal, told through the women who endure it. Author Gabrielle Zevin tells Lulu Garcia-Navarro she hopes readers will think twice about shaming women.

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Sweet, Generous 'Wild Things' Is A Playful Survey Of Kid Lit

NPR Books - August 20, 2017 - 3:00am

Bruce Handy's new book takes an emotional, intuitive look at the world of children's books, from Goodnight Moon to Charlotte's Web, which he calls "a mastery novel of ideas" about life and death.

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'Good Booty' Explores A Century Of Music, Sex And American Culture

NPR Books - August 19, 2017 - 2:10pm

Critic Ann Powers embarks on a wide-ranging history of pop music in America in her new book Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music.

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Motherhood In The Guise Of Terror In 'Fierce Kingdom'

NPR Books - August 19, 2017 - 4:11am

Fierce Kingdom is about every parent's worst nightmare. A mother and her son, in the zoo at closing time, see a shooter and run. And hide. Gin Phillips talks to Scott Simon about her latest novel.

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'Stay With Me' Is A Novel Of Commitment, Culture And The Struggle To Conceive

NPR Books - August 19, 2017 - 4:11am

Set in Nigeria in the 1980s, Ayobami Adebayo's debut novel tells the story of a couple who desperately want to have a child, in a society where that's what's expected of them.

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In 'The Stone Sky,' Some Worlds Need To Burn

NPR Books - August 19, 2017 - 3:00am

N.K. Jemisin won Hugo Awards for the first two volumes of her Broken Earth trilogy. The Stone Sky is a powerful, timely finale to this story of a world built on oppression and exploitation.

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'Sour Heart' Offers A Fierce, Fresh Take On The 'Hell' Of Coming To America

NPR Books - August 18, 2017 - 7:21am

The stories in Jenny Zhang's powerful debut collection center on the violent, sometimes disturbing experiences of young Chinese-American girls growing up in Queens, NY.

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The Next Chapter For Dystopian Literature

NPR Books - August 17, 2017 - 7:06am

Everyone dies in the end.

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