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A 'Show Boat' With An Asian-American Cast Hits The Rocks

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 8:03am

Racial tensions between blacks and whites are at the heart of the "Ol' Man River" musical. Asian-American actors say it doesn't make sense to get on board.

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'The Sellout' Is A Profane Riff On Race And Culture

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 6:01am

In Paul Beatty's new satirical novel, The Sellout, the narrator wants to re-segregate his hometown outside of Los Angeles. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the author about using humor to write about race.

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Pakistani Author Mohsin Hamid And His Roving 'Discontent'

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 6:01am

Mohsin Hamid combines the personal and political in his new book, Discontent and Its Civilizations. NPR's Scott Simon talks with the Pakistani author about his new collection of essays.

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Uncovering Hidden Black History, On Screen And On The Page

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 5:03am

On TV and in the movies, it can sometimes seem like black people only existed during slavery or the civil rights era. K. Tempest Bradford recommends some books that bring hidden history to light.

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The Persistence — And Impermanence — Of Memory In 'The Buried Giant'

Sat, 02/28/2015 - 4:08am

Kazuo Ishiguro's first novel in a decade follows an old couple on what might be their last journey: Hunting for memories of a son they think they had, in a land covered with memory-shrouding mists.

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Book Review: 'Satin Island' By Tom McCarthy

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 2:42pm

Alan Cheuse reviews a new experimental novel by Tom McCarthy called Satin Island.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of February 26, 2015

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 2:03pm

Elizabeth Kolbert's The Sixth Extinction, about how human activity is affecting different species, appears at No. 6.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of February 26, 2015

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 2:03pm

An isolated bookstore owner starts to change his life after receiving a mysterious package in Gabrielle Zevin's The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry. It appears at No. 7.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of February 26, 2015

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 2:03pm

Falconer Helen Macdonald looks back on her decision to train a fierce goshawk in the wake of her father's sudden death in H is for Hawk. It debuts at No. 7.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of February 26, 2015

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 2:03pm

In Richard Price's The Whites, a New York City detective investigates a murder that connects to something in his own dark past. It debuts at No. 4.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of February 26, 2015

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 2:03pm

The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.

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From Poker Amateur To World Series Competitor In 'The Noble Hustle'

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:44am

Colson Whitehead's book, now out in paperback, was born of an assignment to write about the World Series of Poker. It's a sharp observational tale of poker: those who play it and how it changed him.

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Small Batch Edition: 'The Sculptor' And Other Grand Graphic Novels

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:09am

Glen Weldon and Petra Mayer talk about Scott McCloud's The Sculptor and recommend other graphic novels you might enjoy.

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This Month (And Every Month), Black Sci-Fi Writers Look To The Future

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 5:03am

For years, black authors stood out in science fiction and fantasy because there were so few. Now, says Alaya Dawn Johnson, though there are still obstacles, black authors are making themselves heard.

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As First Black American NHL Player, Enforcer Was Defenseless Against Racism

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 7:41pm

Val James became the first American-born black player in the NHL in 1982. He faced vicious racism, including fans throwing bananas on the ice. After 30 years in silence, he is talking about it now.

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'Don't Be Afraid Of The Bullets' A Memoir Of Reporting In Yemen

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 2:52pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to journalist Laura Kasinof about her memoir on her experience reporting in Yemen during the Arab Spring called, Don't Be Afraid of the Bullets.

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'Don't Be Afraid Of The Bullets' A Memoir Of Reporting In Yemen

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 2:52pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to journalist Laura Kasinof about her memoir on her experience reporting in Yemen during the Arab Spring called, Don't Be Afraid of the Bullets.

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Remembering Bertrice Small, One Of The Original 'Avon Ladies'

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 2:51pm

Small, who died this week at 77, was one of a group of authors who helped transform romance in the 1970s from a relatively tame, demure genre to the bold, bawdy books that sell by the millions today.

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From Naked Mole Rats To Dog Testicles: A Writer Explores The Longevity Quest

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 12:38pm

"Nature knows how to let animals live a very long time," says Bill Gifford, whose latest book is Spring Chicken, a look at the history of anti-aging schemes and current ways people try to live longer.

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From Naked Mole Rats To Dog Testicles: A Writer Explores The Longevity Quest

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 12:38pm

"Nature knows how to let animals live a very long time," says Bill Gifford, whose latest book is Spring Chicken, a look at the history of anti-aging schemes and current ways people try to live longer.

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