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J.K. Rowling's 'Harry Potter' Translated To Scots, Marking 80th Language

NPR Books - November 23, 2017 - 1:38pm

Harry Potter and the Socerer's Stone has been translated to 79 languages. Today, it was published in its 80th translation — Scots.

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Jimmy Fallon On The School Of 'SNL' And His Tendency To Smile Too Much

NPR Books - November 23, 2017 - 10:34am

As a kid, Fallon smiled even when he was in trouble: "There was a report card from kindergarten and the comment from the teacher was, 'Jimmy smiles too much.' " Originally broadcast Oct. 12, 2017.

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As The Holiday Season Gets Started, A Look Back At Aprons And Their Stories

NPR Books - November 23, 2017 - 9:14am

For EllynAnne Geisel, aprons are a way to connect to past generations, often women, who once wore them. For years she has collected different designs and shared the joy they bring her with others.

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'The End We Start From' Chronicles Motherhood In The Midst Of Crisis

NPR Books - November 22, 2017 - 1:44pm

Megan Hunter's new book follows a woman and her newborn who flee an epic flood. "What would it be like if there was an environmental crisis ... in London," she asks, "and where would people go?"

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'Creatures Of Will And Temper' Is A Slow-Burn Slide Into Deviltry

NPR Books - November 22, 2017 - 4:00am

Molly Tanzer gives us a seductive, alternate version of Victorian England in her new novel — by turns smoky and smutty, wondrous and louche. And then, embedded carefully in that world, demons.

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From 'Inky's Great Escape' To Singing Seahorses: Animal Books For The Holidays

NPR Books - November 22, 2017 - 3:01am

From real-life, seaweed-carrying dolphins to fictional singing seahorses, animals in these new books can excite the mind, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.

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In 'Spineless,' How Jellyfish Have Survived Throughout Time

NPR Books - November 21, 2017 - 1:29pm

Jellyfish may seem like simple sea creatures, but their translucent bodies and stinging abilities have allowed them to survive for millions of years. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks about jellyfish with Juli Berwald, author the new book, Spineless.

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Journalist Investigating Trump And Russia Says 'Full Picture Is One Of Collusion'

NPR Books - November 21, 2017 - 11:47am

"The constellation of Russian connections circling around Planet Trump is quite extraordinary," says Guardian reporter Luke Harding. His new book is Collusion.

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A Classics Professor Explains 'Why Bob Dylan Matters'

NPR Books - November 21, 2017 - 4:00am

Harvard professor Richard F. Thomas teaches a popular class on the importance of Bob Dylan, and now he's turned it into a book, full of stories, personal history and the occasional comparison to Ovid.

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'Dawn Watch' Explores The Life And Legacy Of Joseph Conrad

NPR Books - November 20, 2017 - 11:17am

Maya Jasanoff weaves together biography, history, literature and her own travels in a new book about the globe-trotting author. Reviewer John Powers says Jasanoff's portrait of Conrad is terrific.

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'With Ash On Their Faces': The Story And Struggle Of The Yazidi

NPR Books - November 19, 2017 - 5:10am

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro asks Cathy Otten about With Ash on Their Faces: Yezidi Women and the Islamic State, her book about the history and personal stories of the religious minority.

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'The Bad Food Bible' Says Your Eating Might Not Be So Sinful After All

NPR Books - November 19, 2017 - 4:44am

In his new book, Dr. Aaron Carroll explains that there might be less evidence against some notoriously bad foods than we think. In fact, maybe we should be eating some of them more often.

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In 'Body Music,' Love Is Sweet, Sexy And A Touch Sentimental

NPR Books - November 19, 2017 - 4:00am

French graphic novelist Julie Maroh — author of Blue is the Warmest Color — is back with an earnestly sweet collection of vignettes about love, kept from being saccharine by her skill with faces.

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Joe Biden Remembers His Son In His New Memoir

NPR Books - November 18, 2017 - 2:43pm

NPR's Michel Martin spoke with Biden this week about his new memoir, his family and the Anita Hill case.

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A Lady From 1881 Gets A New Portrait In 'Mrs. Osmond'

NPR Books - November 18, 2017 - 5:19am

Man Booker Prize winner John Banville has written a sequel to Henry James' The Portrait Of A Lady. 'It was my initial foolhardiness and overweening pride that made me do it,' he says.

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Kachka: The Word That Saved A Family During WWII And Inspired A Chef

NPR Books - November 18, 2017 - 5:19am

It took until adulthood for Bonnie Morales, the daughter of immigrant Russian Jews, to appreciate the food of her childhood. Now she owns a popular Oregon restaurant and has released a new cookbook.

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'Bunk' Is Encyclopedic, Fascinating — And Frustrating

NPR Books - November 18, 2017 - 4:00am

Kevin Young's new book puts forth an instantly convincing pairing of race and hoaxing — both a "fake thing pretending to be real." But he loses readers' trust with knotty, overly aphoristic writing.

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Cartoonist Reza Farazmand Walks Us Through Some Of His 'Comics For A Strange World'

NPR Books - November 16, 2017 - 9:00am

We asked the artist behind the popular webcomic Poorly Drawn Lines to share the thinking behind a few of the hilariously deadpan comics from his latest book.

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The Troublesome Universe Of 'Valiant Dust'

NPR Books - November 16, 2017 - 4:00am

Richard Baker is an established voice in military science fiction; his latest, Valiant Dust, kicks off a new space adventure series. But it's hampered by shallow characters and cultural blindness.

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Jesmyn Ward, Frank Bidart, Masha Gessen And Robin Benway Win National Book Awards

NPR Books - November 15, 2017 - 7:13pm

For Ward, who won the fiction prize for Sing, Unburied, Sing, it was her second National Book Award. For Bidart, whose poetry collection spanned 51 years, it was akin to a lifetime achievement honor.

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