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For Poetry Month, We're Taking To Twitter — And We Want Your Help

NPR Books - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 11:23am

April is National Poetry Month, and as part of Code Switch's celebration, we'd like to make a poem with the help of our readers. Poet Kima Jones will be curating lines of verse you submit on Twitter.

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Bookends: How Has Fiction Handled the Theme of Money?

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 8:30am
Pankaj Mishra and Rivka Galchen discuss how fiction writers have approached the subject of money.

Book News: Donna Tartt, Jhumpa Lahiri On Baileys Prize Shortlist

NPR Books - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 5:38am

Also: Walter Isaacson is writing a book about the Internet age; one of Harvard's best-known examples of anthropodermic bibliopegy – binding books with human skin – is actually bound in animal skin.

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In 'Paradise,' Finding Understanding In The Ruins Of Horror

NPR Books - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 5:03am

The late Peter Matthiessen's last novel follows a fractious group of attendees at an Auschwitz memorial conference as they bear witness to one of history's greatest atrocities.

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Peter Matthiessen On Writing And Zen Buddhism

NPR Books - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 12:02pm

Fresh Air listens back to our 1989 interview with Snow Leopard author and Paris Review co-founder Peter Matthiessen, who died Saturday at age 86. His new novel In Paradise comes out Tuesday.

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If Jesus Never Called Himself God, How Did He Become One?

NPR Books - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:42am

In How Jesus Became God, Bart Ehrman explores how a Jewish preacher from Galilee was transformed into a deity. "Jesus himself didn't call himself God and didn't consider himself God," Ehrman says.

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Book News: CIA Tried To Use 'Doctor Zhivago' To Weaken The USSR

NPR Books - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 6:43am

Also: Tracy Chevalier will write a novel inspired by Shakespeare's Othello; the best books coming out this week.

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In Book's Trial Of U.S. Justice System, Wealth Gap Is Exhibit A

NPR Books - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 3:30pm

Journalist Matt Taibbi investigates the differences between punishment for white-collar and blue-collar crimes in The Divide. He also questions beliefs about who is "appropriate for jail."

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Peter Matthiessen, Co-Founder Of The Paris Review, Dies At 86

NPR Books - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 8:33am

Matthiessen was a spy, a naturalist, a well-regarded activist and a three-time winner of the National Book Award — for both fiction and nonfiction. He died of acute myeloid leukemia.

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Peter Matthiessen Dies At 86; Wrote Of Travels In The Natural World

NPR Books - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 6:26am

Author Peter Matthiessen, who used fiction and nonfiction to explore how man relates to nature, has died at 86. The revered naturalist and novelist had been suffering from leukemia.

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Under Scrutiny, Teen Learned Defiance From 'President's Daughter'

NPR Books - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 5:03am

Years after she first read and adored Ellen Emerson White's series of young adult novels, author Tova Mirvis still finds herself wondering, "What would Meg Powers do?"

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Lydia Davis' New Collection Has Stories Shorter Than This Headline

NPR Books - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 3:21am

The award-winning author is known for her brevity, and Can't And Won't doesn't disappoint. Davis tells NPR's Rachel Martin that the works of Russell Edson inspired her to write super-short stories.

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A Century Of History In The Life Of An Ordinary Indian

NPR Books - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 5:36am

Ayya's Accounts: A Ledger of Hope in Modern India chronicles the life of an ordinary man in extraordinary times. NPR's Scott Simon talks to author Anand Pandian about his subject, his grandfather.

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'In Paradise,' Matthiessen Considers Our Capacity For Cruelty

NPR Books - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 5:36am

At 86, Matthiessen has written what he says "may be his last word." In Paradise, a novel about a visit to a Nazi extermination camp, caps a career spanning six decades and 33 books.

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Percussive Poems In 'Shorty Bon Bon' Pin The Stage To The Page

NPR Books - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 5:03am

Willie Perdomo's new collection is inspired by the salsa jam bands of '70s-era Puerto Rican New York. The poems are performance-page crossovers, rich in sound, slang and musical detail.

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Biographer Explains How John Updike 'Captured America'

NPR Books - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 3:40am

Adam Begley says Updike created an everyman in his Rabbit book series, and inhabited him fully, "allowing that everyman's senses to be totally open to the American experience."

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‘Savage Harvest,’ by Carl Hoffman

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:11am
Michael Rockefeller disappeared in New Guinea in 1961. Did he drown, or was he eaten by Asmat tribesmen?

NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction

NPR Books - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:03am

The Plantagenets, appearing at No. 13, is Dan Jones' epic history of the royal dynasty's reign.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction

NPR Books - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:03am

At No. 2, Meg Wolitzer's The Interestings follows six artistic friends from their teenage years into middle age.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction

NPR Books - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:03am

Media mogul Arianna Huffington searches for a healthy work-life balance in Thrive, which debuts at No. 2.

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