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Bookends: Highbrow, Lowbrow, Middlebrow — Do These Kinds of Cultural Categories Mean Anything Anymore?
Thomas Mallon and Pankaj Mishra discuss whether there is any use in retaining old labels of cultural prestige.
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Also: Linda Gregerson has a new poem in The New Yorker; allegations of sexual harassment at the country's biggest comic book convention.
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.
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.
Firefighters were preparing to leave the scene of a 1-acre wildfire south of Granby on Monday evening, July 28, while awaiting the arrival of a helicopter and Hotshot crew on Tuesday morning. The fire started Monday afternoon, and the column of smoke was clearly visible from US Highway 40 around Granby. Cause of the fire had not yet been determined, although numerous cloud-to-ground lightning strikes were visible around Granby shortly before the fire started. About six firefighters, some from the U.S. Forest Service and some from Granby Fire, responded. The fire was burning in rugged terrain on private land south …
Alan Cheuse reviews A Replacement Life, Boris Fishman's humorous account of Holocaust survivors in today's New York.
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.
Also: an excerpt of Haruki Murakami's new book; notable books coming out this week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In Shadows in the Vineyard Maximillian Potter tells the true story of the legendary Romanée-Conti vineyard — and how it was held up for a 1 million euro ransom.
Sayed Kashua is an Arab who writes novels in Hebrew and a sitcom in Arabic. A contradiction? Maybe. But his newest book is a good look at an often-overlooked segment of the Israeli population.
Scott Anderson's Lawrence in Arabia recounts how a handful of adventurers and low-level officers shaped the Arab Revolt during World War I. It appears at No. 9.
Appearing at No. 11, Amy Tan's The Valley Of Amazement spans two continents and more than four decades as it explores the connection between an American mother and her half-Chinese daughter.
Debuting at No. 12, Vicki Constantine Croke's Elephant Company tells the story of an English soldier who used elephants to undermine Japanese occupation of Burma during World War II.
The final book of Deborah Harkness' All Souls trilogy, The Book of Life, follows a supernatural couple searching for a mysterious, ancient book. It debuts at No. 1.