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Bookends: James Baldwin Denounced Richard Wright’s ‘Native Son’ As a ‘Protest Novel.’ Was He Right?

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 8:00am
Ayana Mathis and Pankaj Mishra discuss Baldwin’s indictment of “Native Son,” which was published 75 years ago.






'Lucky Alan' Thumbs Its Nose At Convention

NPR Books - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 5:03am

Jonathan Lethem's darkly comic sensibilities are on full display in his slim new story collection, Lucky Alan. Reviewer Michael Schaub says it isn't Lethem's best — but it's still a solid read.

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Family Secrets — And Mango Chutney — In 'Don't Let Him Know'

NPR Books - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 1:43am

Longtime Morning Edition commentator Sandip Roy has written a new novel, propelled by family secrets, which crisscrosses back and forth between the two "Cals" in his life: California and Calcutta.

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Family Secrets — And Mango Chutney — In 'Don't Let Him Know'

NPR Books - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 1:43am

Longtime Morning Edition commentator Sandip Roy has written a new novel, propelled by family secrets, which crisscrosses back and forth between the two "Cals" in his life: California and Calcutta.

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'After Birth' Author On 'Mommy Wars': 'It Doesn't Have To Be This Way'

NPR Books - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 3:53pm

"We are pitted against each other and ultimately, then, are pitted against ourselves," says writer Elisa Albert. Her new novel is about the singular and universal experience of having a baby.

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'After Birth' Author On 'Mommy Wars': 'It Doesn't Have To Be This Way'

NPR Books - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 3:53pm

"We are pitted against each other and ultimately, then, are pitted against ourselves," says writer Elisa Albert. Her new novel is about the singular and universal experience of having a baby.

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Book Review: Ross Ritchell's 'The Knife'

NPR Books - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 2:53pm

Alan Cheuse reviews Ross Ritchell's new novel, The Knife.

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Book Review: Ross Ritchell's 'The Knife'

NPR Books - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 2:53pm

Alan Cheuse reviews Ross Ritchell's new novel, The Knife.

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Victorian Romance Meets 'House Of Cards' In 'Mr. And Mrs. Disraeli'

NPR Books - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 1:08pm

Daisy Hay's new book is a joint biography of 19th century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli and his wife, Mary Anne, whose fortune and status as a gentile helped boost her husband's career.

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Victorian Romance Meets 'House Of Cards' In 'Mr. And Mrs. Disraeli'

NPR Books - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 1:08pm

Daisy Hay's new book is a joint biography of 19th century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli and his wife, Mary Anne, whose fortune and status as a gentile helped boost her husband's career.

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Prisoners Of War And Ojibwe Reservation Make Unlikely Neighbors In 'Prudence'

NPR Books - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 1:06pm

Native American writer David Treuer bases the World War II camp for German prisoners on a real-life one that existed near the village of Bena, Minn., on the Leech Lake Reservation where he grew up.

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Prisoners Of War And Ojibwe Reservation Make Unlikely Neighbors In 'Prudence'

NPR Books - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 1:06pm

Native American writer David Treuer bases the World War II camp for German prisoners on a real-life one that existed near the village of Bena, Minn., on the Leech Lake Reservation where he grew up.

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ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: ‘H Is for Hawk’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 9:37am
Vicki Constantine Croke discusses Helen Macdonald’s “H Is for Hawk,” and John Williams talks about Nick Hornby’s “Funny Girl.”






Becoming American: Immigrants Tweet Their Stories

NPR Books - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 7:48am

Entrepreneurs and engineers, performers and professors are among those who are sharing their stories about becoming American on Twitter.

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A Former Wunderkind Drifts On In 'Some Other Town'

NPR Books - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 5:03am

Elizabeth Collison's debut novel follows a young art star who burned out and is now leading a hazily complacent life in her old university town — but that life is upended by an unexpected fling.

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Struggling Writer's Debut Novel Gets Coveted Oprah Winfrey Nod

NPR Books - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 3:02am

Oprah Winfrey has named Ruby, a novel about a beautiful, abused woman in Texas, as her March book club selection. That could make first-time novelist Cynthia Bond into a literary star.

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Cynthia Bond's 'Ruby' Gets Oprah Winfrey's Attention

NPR Books - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 3:02am

Cynthia Bond' tale of a beautiful, abused woman in an east Texas hamlet was praised for its lyrical language. Oprah Winfrey named it her March book club selection, and she bought the film rights.

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The Woman Behind Marvel's Newest Team Of Heroines

NPR Books - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 4:44pm

G. Willow Wilson says it's been a blast creating a team of all-female Avengers for the new Marvel Universe coming in May. "We really got no directives besides 'Pick your team and go nuts,' " she says.

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Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon On Marriage, Music And Moving On

NPR Books - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 3:14pm

Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore were indie rock's power couple — until their marriage, and their band, ended in 2011. Gordon looks back on the experience in a new memoir called Girl in a Band.

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Reckoning With Afghanistan's Toll In 'Green On Blue'

NPR Books - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 5:51am

"Green on Blue" tells the story of the war in Afghanistan through the eyes of an Afghan orphan. NPR's; Rachel Martin speaks to the unlikely author: Elliot Ackerman, a former U.S. marine.

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