Book Reviews

'Meat Cake Bible' Is Packed With Frills, Chills And ... Pez?

NPR Books - 4 hours 44 min ago

Graphic artist, fortuneteller, musician and mischief maker Dame Darcy published the comic Meat Cake from 1993 to 2008. This new compilation is packed full of all the things that obsessed her.

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What College Freshmen Are Reading

NPR Books - 5 hours 12 min ago

Book programs for freshmen — or a whole campus or community — are meant to spark discussion and unity. This year's picks at nine U.S. schools range from memoirs to political advice from 64 B.C.

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Indie Bookseller Recommends 3 Vacation Reads

NPR Books - July 29, 2016 - 11:59am

Nina Barrett, owner of Bookends and Beginnings in Evanston, Ill., recommends The Royal We by Heather Cox and Jessica Morgan, Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld and The Violet Hour by Katie Roiphe.

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Remembering Tim LaHaye, Co-Author Of The Apocalyptic 'Left Behind' Series

NPR Books - July 29, 2016 - 9:51am

LaHaye, who died earlier this week, was a fundamentalist Christian and a longtime leader of the religious right. His Left Behind books sold more than 50 million copies. He spoke to Fresh Air in 2002.

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Not A Feminist? Caitlin Moran Asks, Why Not?

NPR Books - July 29, 2016 - 9:51am

Moran says that most women who don't want to be called feminists don't understand the term. She writes about high heels, housework and abortion in How to Be a Woman. Originally broadcast Aug. 1, 2012.

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'Easy' Writer: Walter Mosley's Passion For Bringing Black LA Stories To Life

NPR Books - July 29, 2016 - 8:15am

In Charcoal Joe, Mosley brings his iconic private eye Easy Rawlins into the haze of the late '60s, extending a literary odyssey through the transformation of black Los Angeles.

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Inside The New York Times Book Review Podcast: Inside The New York Times Book Review: Megan Abbott’s ‘You Will Know Me’

New York Times book reviews - July 29, 2016 - 8:14am
Megan Abbott discusses her new murder mystery, and Marilyn Stasio talks about several new true-crime books.
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How Can Success Still Make You Feel Like A Failure?

NPR Books - July 29, 2016 - 5:20am

Writer Lidia Yuknavitch's early failures made her feel unworthy of success. Now, she says, those moments push her to find worth in herself as a writer.

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Fiction: A Thriller for Fans of ‘The Girl on the Train’ and ‘Gone Girl’

New York Times book reviews - July 28, 2016 - 1:01pm
In Flynn Berry’s “Under the Harrow,” a woman is determined to find her sister’s murderer.
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'You Will Know Me' Says No, You Won't

NPR Books - July 28, 2016 - 3:00am

Megan Abbott's novel about a talented young gymnast and her mother starts with a mysterious death, but the real mysteries are the characters themselves: You never really know the people close to you.

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Walter Mosley On The Stories Of LA Told Through Easy Rawlins

NPR Books - July 28, 2016 - 1:15am

In 1990, Walter Mosley first told the story of black postwar LA through Easy Rawlins, an Army vet turned private eye. It became Mosley's best-known series. He discusses Easy's creation and journey.

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Writer James Alan McPherson, Winner Of Pulitzer, MacArthur And Guggenheim, Dies At 72

NPR Books - July 27, 2016 - 4:04pm

McPherson, the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, has died at 72. His work explored the intersection of white and black lives with deftness, subtlety and wry humor.

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Paperback Row

New York Times book reviews - July 27, 2016 - 2:19pm
Seven new paperbacks to check out this week.
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Editors’ Choice

New York Times book reviews - July 27, 2016 - 2:19pm
Nine new books recommended by the editors of The New York Times Book Review this week.
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Inside the List

New York Times book reviews - July 27, 2016 - 2:18pm
Ruth Ware, whose novel “The Woman in Cabin 10” is No. 4 on the hardcover fiction list, says she “definitely” owes a debt to Agatha Christie.
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Nonfiction: A Rogues’ Gallery of New True-Crime Titles

New York Times book reviews - July 27, 2016 - 2:16pm
New books include “True Crime Addict” by James Renner and “The Dragon Behind the Glass” by Emily Voigt.
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The Shortlist: History as It Didn’t Happen: Thrillers Consider the What-Ifs

New York Times book reviews - July 27, 2016 - 2:15pm
New books include Tim Baker’s “Fever City,” an alternate take on the Kennedy assassination.
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Fiction: A Serial Killer Stalks Stockholm in This Creepy Nordic Noir

New York Times book reviews - July 27, 2016 - 2:15pm
A detective seeks a therapist’s help in stopping a killer’s gruesome spree in Erik Axl Sund’s “The Crow Girl.”
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Nonfiction: The Story Behind the Yom Kippur Mole

New York Times book reviews - July 27, 2016 - 2:14pm
“The Angel,” by Uri Bar-Joseph, tells the story of the mole at the heart of Sadat’s government.
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Fiction: A Novel Gives Voice to Dead Friends — or Maybe Lovers

New York Times book reviews - July 27, 2016 - 2:13pm
In Samuel Ligon’s novel “Among the Dead and Dreaming,” the dead speak.
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