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William Faulkner Makes Us Wonder: What's So Great About Poetry, Anyhow?

NPR Books - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 8:03am

William Faulkner — one of the great American novelists — thought of himself as a failed poet. Which made our critic Juan Vidal wonder: What is it about poetry that makes us hold it above other arts?

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ArtsBeat: War Stories Both Quiet and Loud

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 5:19am
“A Sailor’s Story” by Sam Glanzman and “Joe Kubert: Enemy Ace” are reminders of the power of war comics.






Rome's Might Meets The Arabian Nights In 'Ember In The Ashes'

NPR Books - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 5:03am

First-time novelist Sabaa Tahir creates Capital Letter Fantasy in An Ember in the Ashes, with rebel Scholars battling an ancient, brutal Empire. Critic Amal El-Mohtar calls it "frequently riveting."

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‘Beyond: Our Future in Space,’ by Chris Impey

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 3:30am
An astronomer sees a glorious future for humankind in space — one that includes colonies on the moon and Mars in 2045.

Vail Valley man injured in hash oil explosion

Local News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 5:57pm
EAGLE-VAIL — Colorado’s marijuana industry has taken off with a bang — literally.An Eagle-Vail man said a malfunctioning valve in his legal hash oil cooking system caused an explosion Wednesday afternoon.About two hours after the explosion, Ryan Wilhelm, 24, called the Vail Daily from the local hospital to tell his side of the story.Wilhelm said he was outside on the back porch of his Eagle-Vail townhome when a valve failed on his closed-loop hash oil system. They’re designed to keep highly flammable butane gas from escaping.“The valve popped, and I jumped back,” Wilhelm said. “When I did, the static electricity …

Grand Elk subdivision looks to the future after tumultuous past

Local News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 5:17pm
The Grand Elk subdivision in Granby, on the rebound after years of financial struggles, is a complex mix of overlapping private and quasi-governmental entities.The 684-lot subdivision is owned variously by regular homeowners, developer Koelbel and Company, and in an odd twist the Grand Elk Improvement District, a quasi-governmental entity made up entirely of the Granby Board of Trustees.The development has had a tumultuous past. The first developer, Grand Elk LLC, was foreclosed on in 2009, leaving substantial outstanding debts. The Grand Elk Homeowners Association (HOA) took the lead in overseeing the administration of the subdivision afterwards and has worked for …

‘Einstein’s Dice and Schrödinger’s Cat,’ by Paul Halpern

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 4:28pm
The story of two great physicists and their doomed competition to create a grand unified theory.






Ohio Kidnapping Survivors Recount Captivity, Escape From Horror

NPR Books - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 1:34pm

In 2013, three young women who had vanished years earlier escaped from a house where they had been held captive. Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, along with writer Mary Jordan, discuss their new memoir.

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3,600-Page Autobiographical Novel Is An Honest And Masterful 'Selfie'

NPR Books - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 12:38pm

My Struggle is about Karl Ove Knausgaard's wrangle with his father, with death, with his muse and so on. The 46-year-old Norwegian's pointedly unliterary book has become a literary sensation.

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A Futuristic Private Eye Gets In Over Her Head In 'Depth'

NPR Books - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 8:00am

Lev AC Rosen's dystopian thriller, set in an underwater New York City, is an expert mix of the sci-fi and hardboiled genres. Reviewer Jason Heller calls it a nervy crime caper with hidden depths.

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'SuperMutant Magic Academy' Is Hogwarts With Nuts (And A Cherry)

NPR Books - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 5:03am

Kurt Vonnegut once famously described book critics as donning armor to battle a hot fudge sundae. Jillian Tamaki takes on Harry Potter in SuperMutant Magic Academy, but she's tossing marshmallows.

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‘The Turner House,’ by Angela Flournoy

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 3:30am
An African-American family story is also a story of Detroit.






‘Days of Rage,’ by Bryan Burrough

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 3:30am
Bryan Burrough examines domestic terrorism of the 1970s and ’80s.






Graphic Novel About Holocaust 'Maus' Banned In Russia For Its Cover

NPR Books - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 5:51pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with author and illustrator Art Spiegelman about how his book Maus, the very antithesis of Nazi propaganda, was purged from Moscow stores because of a swastika on the cover.

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