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USPS Honors Beloved Children's Book With New 'Snowy Day' Stamps

NPR Books - October 8, 2017 - 1:40pm

The U.S. Postal Service has unveiled a "forever" stamp collection featuring illustrations from the 1962 children's book The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.

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'Her Body And Other Parties:' Be Your Own Madwoman

NPR Books - October 8, 2017 - 6:00am

Carmen Maria Machado's new collection takes young female online culture — LiveJournal and Tumblr, ghost stories and urban legends — and reinforce the uncanny power and reach of those stories.

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How A Justice Stays Fit: 'The RBG Workout'

NPR Books - October 8, 2017 - 3:52am

How does one of America's most powerful octogenarians keep fit? Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg credits personal trainer Bryant Johnson, author of The RBG Workout. We meet him in the gym.

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In 1960s New York, Witchy Women Learn 'The Rules Of Magic'

NPR Books - October 8, 2017 - 3:52am

In Alice Hoffman's prequel to Practical Magic, two sisters uncover their family's supernatural gifts and curses while growing up in the city.

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Out Of Bounds: Jen Welter On Breaking Barriers In Football

NPR Books - October 8, 2017 - 3:52am

Jen Welter is the first woman to ever coach in the NFL and she's out with a new book called Play Big. She talks to NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro about her time in the NFL and its controversies.

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'Taste Of Empire' Shows Us The World In Our Kitchen Cupboards

NPR Books - October 8, 2017 - 3:00am

Lizzie Collingham's new book takes 20 exemplary British meals, from plain stewed beef to an elaborate Christmas pudding, and uses them to illustrate the way food and empire are inextricably linked.

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In 'This Blessed Earth,' The Outdated Romance Of The Family Farm

NPR Books - October 8, 2017 - 2:36am

Journalist Ted Genoways spent a year on a small farm in rural Nebraska, and he says American nostalgia for the family farm overlooks the pressures farmers face and the realities of food production.

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You're Going To Hate 'TheMystery.doc,' And That's OK

NPR Books - October 7, 2017 - 6:00am

Matthew McIntosh's fractured and fracturing 1,600-page tale of a writer with amnesia and a missing manuscript isn't fun, and it probably isn't supposed to be. But it is magnificently weird.

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Stunning New Biography 'Ali' Is The Portrait A Champion Deserves

NPR Books - October 7, 2017 - 3:00am

Jonathan Eig's exhaustively researched new book paints a complex picture of Muhammad Ali, from his Kentucky childhood to his brilliant fighting style, his kindnesses, cruelties and eventual decline.

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'Unkindness Of Ghosts' Transposes The Plantation's Cruelty To The Stars

NPR Books - October 6, 2017 - 3:00am

Rivers Solomon's novel is set on a giant generation ship, on an interstellar voyage of centuries, divided between the wealthy, light-skinned upper-deckers and the oppressed, laboring lower-deckers.

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Kazuo Ishiguro Is Awarded Nobel Prize In Literature

NPR Books - October 5, 2017 - 12:59pm

The winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in literature is Kazuo Ishiguro. After the past two years, in which the Swedish academy honored a Russian journalist and a certain American songwriter, it marks a return to literary fiction.

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In 'Manhattan Beach,' Jennifer Egan Dives Deep Into WWII New York City

NPR Books - October 5, 2017 - 12:59pm

Egan began researching her new novel years before she published A Visit From The Goon Squad. It follows a girl who becomes the Brooklyn Navy Yard's first female deep-sea diver during World War II.

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'Dunbar' Is A Moving, Brutal And Apt Update Of 'King Lear'

NPR Books - October 5, 2017 - 6:00am

For centuries, Shakespeare's tragedy was too painful for audiences; it was performed with an altered happy ending. But Edward St. Aubyn has never flinched at inflicting pain on his readers.

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The Story Of 'Manhattan Beach' Lives In Its Details

NPR Books - October 5, 2017 - 3:00am

Jennifer Egan's new novel, set in New York in the 1930s and 1940s, is full of deeply researched period detail and rich, memorable characters — though their motivations don't always add up.

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Kazuo Ishiguro Wins Nobel Prize In Literature

NPR Books - October 5, 2017 - 2:48am

Kazuo Ishiguro was 5 when his family moved from Japan to Britain; he has said that as a kid, he used TV Westerns — like Bonanza and Wagon Train -- to help him learn English.

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British Writer Kazuo Ishiguro Wins Nobel Prize In Literature

NPR Books - October 5, 2017 - 1:02am

The Swedish Academy has chosen Kazuo Ishiguro as the winner of the Nobel Prize in literature Thursday morning. Ishiguro's most well-known work is likely The Remains of the Day, a 1989 novel.

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No Shortlist Of Nominees For The Nobel Prize In Literature

NPR Books - October 4, 2017 - 12:47pm

Every year, speculation spreads from the literati to the betting houses and every year many of the same names turn up on the list of potential winners.

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New Muhammad Ali Biography Reveals A Flawed Rebel Who Loved Attention

NPR Books - October 4, 2017 - 10:25am

"I don't think we do Ali any good by treating him as a saint," says biographer Jonathan Eig. "He was a human being, and he was deeply flawed, but ... he had the spirit of a rebel."

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'Tenements, Towers & Trash' Brings Clean Lines To The City Of Failure

NPR Books - October 4, 2017 - 6:00am

Julia Wertz's loving, obsessively detailed visual history of the less-distinguished corners of New York City celebrates charming flops, long-gone businesses and dusty corners where dreams go to die.

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Here Are The Finalists For The 2017 National Book Awards

NPR Books - October 4, 2017 - 4:56am

The National Book Foundation winnowed the list of contenders for its literary prize to just 20 — or five finalists each in four categories. Among them are Jesmyn Ward, Min Jin Lee and Frank Bidart.

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