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Bookends: Is There a Double Standard for Judging Domestic Themes in Fiction?

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 7:00am
Cheryl Strayed and Pankaj Mishra discuss whether we view domestic themes in fiction differently, depending on whether the author is a woman or a man.







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Exclusive First Read: Naomi Novik's 'Uprooted'

NPR Books - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 5:03am

Naomi Novik leaves behind the Napoleonic War setting of her previous books for a new stand-alone tale of a village girl, taken by a mysterious magician, who learns she's more than a match for him.

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‘Elon Musk,’ by Ashlee Vance

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 3:30am
After a series of tech ventures, Elon Musk has turned to electric cars and space travel.







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‘The Green Road,’ by Anne Enright

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 3:30am
An Irish family disperses, reuniting for what might be a final holiday in the family home.







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In 'Organic Life,' The Making Of America's First Certified Organic Restaurant

NPR Books - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 1:40am

Nora Pouillon writes about her lifelong devotion to food in a new memoir, My Organic Life. Her restaurant has been a fixture in the Washington, D.C., food scene since 1979.

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Jerry Garcia's Advice To Bill Kreutzmann: 'Don't Rush'

NPR Books - Tue, 05/12/2015 - 12:03am

"You can learn so much from [Jerry Garcia]. Doesn't matter what instrument you play," the Grateful Dead drummer says. He has a new memoir out called Deal.

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New Book Explores Bobby Fuller's Mysterious Death

NPR Books - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 2:42pm

A new book tells the story of Bobby Fuller, who was best-known for the song "I Fought the Law." He was a talented guitarist and producer who moved from El Paso, Texas, to LA. He was on the verge of his big break when his body was found in his car doused in gasoline. The Los Angeles police ruled it an accidental death.

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The Great 'Beyond': Contemplating Life, Sex And Elevators In Space

NPR Books - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 11:51am

Astronomer Chris Impey discusses the future of space travel, sex in space and the connection between science and Buddhism. Impey is the author of Beyond: Our Future in Space.

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‘On the Move,’ by Oliver Sacks

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Mon, 05/11/2015 - 8:00am
In this memoir, Oliver Sacks abandons the restraint that characterized his earlier accounts and reveals his vulnerabilities.







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Danielewski Returns With A Long, Sideways Look At 'The Familiar'

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

The author famous for the cult classic House of Leaves is writing a novel about a little girl who finds a kitten. The book is planned to be epic — 27 volumes total. Volume 1 is more than 800 pages.

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In Oklahoma, The Sky Has No 'Mercy'

NPR Books - Sun, 05/10/2015 - 4:31am

In Oklahoma, tornadoes are just a fact of life — but sometimes a truly awful one comes along. In The Mercy of the Sky, Holly Bailey chronicles the deadly tornado that struck Moore, Okla., in 2013.

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If Science Could 'Clone A Mammoth,' Could It Save An Elephant?

NPR Books - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 3:13pm

De-extinction technology could soon bring back lost species — or preserve endangered ones. In her new book, evolutionary biologist Beth Shapiro explores the scientific and ethical challenges.

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The Martians Are Coming! 'Broadcast Hysteria' Looks At The War Over 'Worlds'

NPR Books - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 5:03am

Orson Welles' radio hoax famously convinced America that Martians had landed in New Jersey, right? A. Brad Schwartz's new Broadcast Hysteria argues that panic may have been blown out of proportion.

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For 'New Yorker' Cartoonist, '90 Percent Rejection Is Doing Great'

NPR Books - Sat, 05/09/2015 - 3:11am

It once took Matthew Diffee years of trying — and a push from his mom — to get one beloved cartoon in the magazine. Diffee's new collection is called Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of May 7, 2015

NPR Books - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 2:03pm

At No. 7, Tom Robbins applies his signature verbal gusto to his own life story in Tibetan Peach Pie.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of May 7, 2015

NPR Books - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 2:03pm

A judge is called upon to decide the fate of a sick teenager in Ian McEwan's The Children Act, which appears at No. 9.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of May 7, 2015

NPR Books - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 2:03pm

Neurologist Oliver Sacks looks back on his life and career in On the Move, which debuts at No. 7.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of May 7, 2015

NPR Books - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 2:03pm

Early Warning, the second book in Jane Smiley's Last Hundred Years trilogy, continues her tale of an Iowa farming family. It debuts at No. 10.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of May 7, 2015

NPR Books - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 2:03pm

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

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ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Kate Atkinson’s ‘A God in Ruins’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 05/08/2015 - 12:35pm
This week, Tom Perrotta discusses “A God in Ruins,” and Ruth Franklin talks about Shirley Jackson.







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