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James Comey Has A Book Deal

NPR Books - August 2, 2017 - 10:00am

The first book by the former FBI director is expected next spring and will include "yet-unheard anecdotes from his long and distinguished career," according to publisher Flatiron Books.

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Maria Qamar Dishes Up Desi Pop in 'Trust No Aunty'

NPR Books - August 2, 2017 - 3:00am

Aunties, beware — Maria Qamar's got your number. The Pakistani Canadian comedian's new book, Trust No Aunty, is a rollicking guide to dealing with the interfering older women in your life.

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Trying To Understand 'What Made Maddy Run'

NPR Books - August 1, 2017 - 10:18pm

Journalist Kate Fagan's new book digs into the life of a young woman whose suicide shocked the University of Pennsylvania, where she ran track. Madison Holleran's life seemed perfect, until it wasn't.

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'I Was Somebody's Mother': Reflections On The Guilt And Grief Of Miscarriage

NPR Books - August 1, 2017 - 9:19am

Ariel Levy was five months pregnant and alone in a hotel room in Mongolia when she gave birth. Her son lived only 10 minutes. Afterward, Levy was haunted by the notion that she had caused his death.

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'Seventh Function' Is A Postmodern Mashup Of Fact, Fiction And Philosophy

NPR Books - August 1, 2017 - 3:00am

Laurent Binet's new novel starts with the death of French literary critic Roland Barthes and spins out a postmodern mystery packed with philosophical heavy hitters — and one bemused detective.

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In New Novel, Tom Perrotta Shares 'Post-Parental' Reflections From An Empty Nest

NPR Books - July 31, 2017 - 10:58am

Mrs. Fletcher tells the story of Eve, a single mother whose only child, Brendan, has left for college. Perrotta says the book was inspired by the upheaval he experienced when his own kids moved out.

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Sen. Jeff Flake: 'As Conservatives, Our First Obligation Is To Be Honest'

NPR Books - July 31, 2017 - 12:57am

A new book by the Republican from Arizona details where he thinks the GOP has gone wrong. Flake wrote the book in secret because he didn't want his advisers to try to talk him out of it.

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'Game Of Thrones' Season 7, Episode 3: 'I've Brought Ice And Fire Together'

NPR Books - July 31, 2017 - 12:30am

The third episode of Game of Thrones' seventh season, "The Queen's Justice," featured a long-awaited meeting, a long-awaited reunion, and a long-dreaded goodbye to the show's best character.

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Corporate Bungling And Political Scandal Abound In Jesse Eisinger's New Book

NPR Books - July 30, 2017 - 6:00am

Why don't crooked corporate CEO's go to jail anymore? Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jesse Eisinger uncovers culture of cowardice, incompetence, and corruption in both government and finance.

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A 'Portable' Overview Of A Complex, Compelling History

NPR Books - July 30, 2017 - 3:00am

The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers, thoughtfully edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Hollis Robbins, is a rewarding read that reminds us the past isn't a single story.

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New Memoir Unpacks The Life And Tragic Death Of 'The Hot One'

NPR Books - July 30, 2017 - 12:00am

Carolyn Murnick and Ashley Ellerin were childhood best friends — but as sometimes happens, they grew older and drifted apart. Then, in 2001, Ellerin was brutally murdered in her Hollywood Hills home.

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Questions For Jody Houser, Writer Of High-Flying 'Faith'

NPR Books - July 29, 2017 - 6:00am

Faith "Zephyr" Herbert is one of Valiant Comics breakout stars. The plus-sized superheroine fights crime in the streets of Los Angeles — and now, she's up against an AI trying to damage time itself.

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Bringing A Bookstore To The Bronx

NPR Books - July 29, 2017 - 4:14am

Since Barnes and Noble pulled out of the Bronx last year, there has been no general interest bookstore in the borough. Noelle Santos hopes to open one by the end of the year.

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An Empty Nester's Transformation In 'Mrs. Fletcher'

NPR Books - July 29, 2017 - 4:14am

In Tom Perrotta's new novel, Mrs. Fletcher, the title character is a single empty nester looking to reinvent herself. Perrotta tells NPR's Don Gonyea about Eve Fletcher's transformation.

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'Curse Words' Proves You Can Never Have Too Much Mystical Fire

NPR Books - July 29, 2017 - 3:00am

Charles Soule and Ryan Browne's neon-drenched comic is giddily over-the-top, featuring a buffed-up wizard named Wizord, his talking koala sidekick and many, many glowing blasts of mystical fire.

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Madcap 'Sit-Com' From Peter Pan's Creator Finally Sees The Light Of Day

NPR Books - July 28, 2017 - 6:39am

J.M. Barrie penned The Reconstruction of the Crime with E.V. Lucas — but the play was never performed in his lifetime or the 80 years since. Now, the tale of mistaken identity is getting published.

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Michiko Kakutani, Chief 'Times' Book Critic, Steps Down After Nearly 4 Decades

NPR Books - July 27, 2017 - 2:42pm

For 38 years the Pulitzer Prize winner was one of the most influential voices in the world of books. During her tenure, she lauded — or lambasted — just about all of this generation's great writers.

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The Zoo Is A Terrifying Place In 'Fierce Kingdom'

NPR Books - July 27, 2017 - 10:00am

Gin Phillips' new novel — which follows a young mother trying to keep her child safe during a mass shooting at a zoo — explores the way violence can be a safe abstraction for kids, or cruelly real.

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Whatever The Character, June Foray's Voice Was Warmly Familiar

NPR Books - July 27, 2017 - 9:00am

Foray voiced a wide variety of animated characters, and she brought the same genial humor and warmth to them all — except one.

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3 Supernatural Noir Tales That Reflect The Inhuman Condition

NPR Books - July 27, 2017 - 3:00am

Some great noir fiction has been written about Los Angeles, but what happens when a different genre bleeds through? We've got three tales of murder, magic and robot detectives to cool your summer.

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