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Want To See The World? Try A Library In Queens

14 hours 37 min ago

One of the nation's most diverse counties boasts a library system befitting the distinction. Since launching a program for immigrants, it's worked to keep pace with the borough's changing population.

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Book News: PEN Award Winners Include Poet Frank Bidart, Ron Childress

16 hours 1 min ago

Also: Rand Paul plans to come out with a book in 2015; Jesse Ventura was awarded almost $2 million in a defamation suit.

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Pop-Up Books Make Environmental Science Easy-Peasy For Kids

17 hours 41 min ago

Author Christiane Dorion distills complex scientific concepts into bite-sized explanations. "You can teach anything to children if you pitch it at the right level and use the right words," she says.

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An Unconventional Family On The Road To Happiness In 'Lucky Us'

18 hours 42 min ago

Amy Bloom's new novel follows two half-sisters from a disastrous stint in 1920s Hollywood, to happiness with an unexpected, impromptu family group in the disruptive years around World War II.

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Out Of Ukraine, This 'Suitcase' Packs An Immigrant's Story With Humor

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 2:09pm

Ari Shapiro talks with first-time novelist Yelena Akhtiorskaya about her book, Panic in a Suitcase.

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In 'Blue Eyed Boy,' Author Reveals Long Recovery From Facial Burns

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:01pm

Robert Timberg, who was disfigured by a land mine as a Marine in Vietnam, went on to become a successful journalist. His new memoir Blue Eyed Boy charts his struggle to recover from his wounds.

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'Ride Around Shining' Reimagines Gatsby's Nouveau-Riche Excess

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 12:01pm

Chris Leslie-Hynan's debut novel follows a white grad student who's a chauffeur to a black basketball player. It references The Great Gatsby often with fresh takes on race, manhood and meritocracy.

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Do You Dare To Venture Through These Tangled 'Woods'?

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 9:10am

Graphic novelist Emily Carroll's gorgeous new collection of horror stories entwines words and pictures to deliver delicious, twisted-fairy-tale chills. Strange things come and go in these woods.

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Book News: Louise Shivers, Author Of 'Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail,' Dies

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 5:35am

Also: Linda Gregerson has a new poem in The New Yorker; allegations of sexual harassment at the country's biggest comic book convention.

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Crime Writer Creates A Hero For Her Beloved, Much-Maligned South LA

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 2:55am

In her new book, Rachel Howzell Hall introduces Elouise "Lou" Norton, a fiercely ambitious homicide detective who patrols the same Los Angeles streets that she — and Hall — grew up on.

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In 'Ghost Month,' A Murder-Mystery Tour Of Taipei

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 2:55am

In Taiwan, August is the month ghosts return from the afterlife. Linda Wertheimer talks to author Ed Lin about his mystery Ghost Month, set largely in the night markets and food stalls of Taipei.

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Book Review: 'A Replacement Life'

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 2:09pm

Alan Cheuse reviews A Replacement Life, Boris Fishman's humorous account of Holocaust survivors in today's New York.

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Tales Of Migration Explore Modern-Day Odysseys And 'Hyphenated Identities'

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 2:09pm

The transition from one part of the world to another is filled with anticipation, conflict and drama. These trips can herald life-changing transformations for families seeking out better lives.

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Book News: The Clash Of The Comic(-)Cons

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 5:21am

Also: an excerpt of Haruki Murakami's new book; notable books coming out this week.

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'Love And Drowning' In The U.S. Virgin Islands

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 3:11pm

In the Land of Love and Drowning, the islands are a magical setting for three generations of one family living through the modern history of the territory as it passes from Danish to American hands.

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What Made Double Agent Kim Philby A Great Spy? His Friends.

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 6:11am

Philby was one of the 20th century's most legendary spies. NPR's Arun Rath talks with author Ben Macintyre about his new book, A Spy Among Friends, and the boozy secret to Philby's success.

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Lessons From Behind The Counter At A Comic Book Store

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 5:03am

NPR's Lidia Jean Kott talked to Jason Aaron, the writer of the new female Thor. When she first talked to him she knew nothing about superhero comics, but after some research she became a fan.

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A Foodie Detective Solves Crime In A Delectable Italian Mystery

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 5:03am

Andrea Camilleri's Angelica's Smile is the 17th book in the Inspector Montalbano mystery series. It's not as tightly plotted as the others, but Camilleri's trademark charm is still in place.

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Lessons In 'Essentialism': Getting More Out Of Life By Doing Less

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 3:09pm

Greg McKeown doesn't believe in "doing it all." In his new book he argues that we should pursue only those things that are truly important — and eliminate everything else.

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'Back Channel' Turns Up White House Intrigue

Sat, 07/26/2014 - 6:34am

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Stephen L. Carter about his new novel, Back Channel. It's a political thriller set during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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