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Judy Blume’s ‘In the Unlikely Event’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Mon, 05/25/2015 - 3:30am
Judy Blume’s first novel for adults in 17 years is about a ninth-grade Jewish girl and her New Jersey community in the aftermath of three plane crashes in the town.







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Post-Ron Swanson, Nick Offerman Has The 'Gumption' To Be Himself

NPR Books - Sun, 05/24/2015 - 4:10pm

"I've never accused myself of being manly," Offerman says, noting his real-life persona is different from his Parks and Recreation character. His book is a set of essays about people who inspire him.

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ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Shakespeare in Love

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Sun, 05/24/2015 - 10:58am
Alan Riding discusses two new books about Shakespeare, and Michelle Orange talks about five new essay collections.







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Novelist Mat Johnson Explores The 'Optical Illusion' Of Being Biracial

NPR Books - Sun, 05/24/2015 - 5:27am

Johnson, the son of an African-American mother and an Irish-American father, has just written Loving Day, a funny, sometimes absurd look at what it means to grow up mixed heritage in the U.S.

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Friendship, Magic And Danger Blossom In 'Uprooted'

NPR Books - Sun, 05/24/2015 - 5:03am

Naomi Novik's latest is a reworked "Beauty and the Beast," with a powerful female friendship at its heart. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar calls it "moving, heartbreaking, and thoroughly satisfying."

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This Weekend, Navigate The Changing World Of 'Vikram Lall'

NPR Books - Sun, 05/24/2015 - 3:45am

M.G. Vassanji's book, The In-Between World of Vikram Lall, wrestles with questions of identity in a story about a young Indian boy coming of age in 1950s Kenya, a time of great political unrest.

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What If The Drought Doesn't End? 'The Water Knife' Is One Possibility

NPR Books - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 7:48pm

It's Chinatown meets Mad Max in writer Paolo Bacigalupi's new desert dystopia, filled with climate refugees, powerful state border patrols, and secret agents called water knives.

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'Mislaid' Punctures Notions Of Gender And Race

NPR Books - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 5:54am

In Nell Zink's new book, Mislaid, a young woman marries her male professor. It's 1965. She likes women; he likes men. What follows is a biting satire about gender, race and sexuality.

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'Dietland': A 'Fight Club' For Women That Reclaims The Word 'Fat'

NPR Books - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 5:54am

Sarai Walker's new novel centers on Alicia "Plum" Kettle, a 20-something writer who's saving up for weight loss surgery when she joins an underground feminist collective.

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The Fireworks Of 'Illusionarium' Never Quite Feel Real

NPR Books - Sat, 05/23/2015 - 5:03am

Heather Dixon's novel is a rough roller-coaster of magic and conspiracy, centered on a boy battling a deadly plague. Reviewer Tasha Robinson says it seems more like a movie treatment than a book.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of May 21, 2015

NPR Books - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 2:03pm

Things That Matter, a collection of essays from conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer, appears at No. 9.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of May 21, 2015

NPR Books - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 2:03pm

Ruth Reichl tells a story of food, love and redemption in Delicious!, which appears at No. 15.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of May 21, 2015

NPR Books - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 2:03pm

Photographer Sally Mann tells her family's history through images and words in Hold Still. It debuts at No. 8.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of May 21, 2015

NPR Books - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 2:03pm

In Anne Enright's The Green Road, Rosaleen Madigan's four grown children find themselves reunited under their mother's roof after she announces she's selling their childhood home. It debuts at No. 14.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of May 21, 2015

NPR Books - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 2:03pm

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

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How 'Gatsby' Went From A Moldering Flop To A Great American Novel

NPR Books - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 1:36pm

In So We Read On, Maureen Corrigan looks at the story behind The Great Gatsby, from F. Scott Fitzgerald's life to the era in which it's set. Originally broadcast Sept. 8, 2014.

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Inside the List

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 9:38am
Jessica Knoll’s novel “Luckiest Girl Alive,” which is No. 12 on the hardcover fiction list, is the latest best seller with a mean girl for a protagonist.







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Thrillers

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 05/22/2015 - 8:52am
Reviews of new books by Harlan Coben, Heidi Pitlor, Benjamin Percy and more.







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‘Medicine Walk,’ by Richard Wagamese

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:27pm
In Richard Wagamese’s novel, a young Indian and his ailing, estranged father venture into the wild.







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The Shortlist: Essays

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:27pm
New books by Sarah Manguso, Edward Mendelson, Donald Hall, Mohsin Hamid and Ander Monson.







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