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Book News: Even Good Writers Have Bad Sex Sometimes

NPR Books - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 8:22am

The Bad Sex in Fiction Award honors awful sex scenes in literature, and this year's shortlist boasts plenty of names you might not expect, including a Booker winner and a perennial Nobel favorite.

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Nuruddin Farah: By the Book

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 8:00am
The author of “Hiding in Plain Sight” wasn’t much of a reader as a child: “Books were hard to come by . . . where I grew up, but also because there were no books for children in those days.”

'Three-Body Problem' Asks A Classic Sci-Fi Question, In Chinese

NPR Books - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 5:03am

Chinese sci-fi author Cixin Liu bridges the gap between East and West in his new novel, a tale of alien first contact influenced by Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke and Chinese history and mythology.

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Maurice Sendak's Book Collection At Heart Of Legal Dispute

NPR Books - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 2:42pm

Robert Siegel talks with The Philadelphia Inquirer's Peter Dobrin about a dispute between a Philadelphia Museum and the estate of Maurice Sendak, over the late author's rare book collection.

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