Book Reviews

'Beautiful You' Makes Sex And Death Boring

NPR Books - 1 hour 55 min ago

Chuck Palahniuk aims for piquant social satire in his new novel, but reviewer (and longtime fan) Jason Sheehan finds his fandom severely dented by lazy characterizations and lack of actual satire.

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Novelist Nuruddin Farah: Facing A Blank Page Is 'Bravest Thing' A Writer Does

NPR Books - 4 hours 8 min ago

Farah's latest is called Hiding in Plain Sight. It's the story of Bella, a Somali photographer living in Rome who gets drawn into the lives of her niece and nephew after her half-brother is killed.

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The Life Of De Niro, From 'Mean Streets' To 'Meet The Parents'

NPR Books - 6 hours 11 min ago

Shawn Levy's brick-sized new biography of screen legend Robert De Niro was produced without cooperation from the actor — but Levy says that just forced him to do better research.

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'Heap House' Is A Treasure Of A Trash Tale

NPR Books - 6 hours 19 min ago

Edward Carey's illustrated young adult novel about the keepers of mystical trash heaps (yes, you read that right) in an alternate Victorian London combines thrills with intelligence and compassion.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of October 23, 2014

NPR Books - October 24, 2014 - 2:03pm

Novelist Ann Patchet presents a collection of personal essays in This Is The Story Of A Happy Marriage, appearing at No. 3.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of October 23, 2014

NPR Books - October 24, 2014 - 2:03pm

New Zealand's 19th century gold rush serves as the backdrop to a series of unexplained events in Eleanor Catton's The Luminaries. It appears at No. 4.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of October 23, 2014

NPR Books - October 24, 2014 - 2:03pm

Debuting at No. 9, As You Wish delivers a behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Princess Bride by the film's star Cary Elwes.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of October 23, 2014

NPR Books - October 24, 2014 - 2:03pm

A teenager teams up with a psychic and a detective to learn more about her estranged mother in Jodi Picoult's Leaving Time. It debuts at No. 2.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of October 23, 2014

NPR Books - October 24, 2014 - 2:03pm

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

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For The Midterm Elections, A Book On 'What It Takes' To Win

NPR Books - October 24, 2014 - 2:00pm

The midterm elections are less than two weeks away. Writer Michael Schaub recommends a book that explores what it's like to run for office and live through all the dramatic ups and downs.

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ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: James Risen’s ‘Pay Any Price’

New York Times book reviews - October 24, 2014 - 1:28pm
Mr. Risen discusses his new book about the war on terror, and Lucy Worsley talks about “The Art of the English Murder.”






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40 Years Later, Diane Von Furstenberg's Wrap Dress Still Wears Well

NPR Books - October 24, 2014 - 12:33pm

In her memoir, The Woman I Wanted to Be, Diane von Furstenberg says she owes her success to her mother, a strong, strict Holocaust survivor who called Diane her "torch of freedom."

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ArtsBeat: Changing the Debate: Katha Pollitt Talks About ‘Pro’

New York Times book reviews - October 24, 2014 - 12:25pm
Ms. Pollitt discusses her new book about the pro-choice side’s tactics in the abortion debate.






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Patchett: In Bad Relationships, 'There Comes A Day When You Gotta Go'

NPR Books - October 24, 2014 - 11:10am

Ann Patchett got married and divorced young. To her second husband, she said: "I'll be true, I'll be faithful ... but I don't want to live together." Her book is This Is The Story of a Happy Marriage.

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Art and Outrage

New York Times book reviews - October 24, 2014 - 10:02am
New books that circumvent established norms and smash accepted verities to smithereens.
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Critic's Take: Art of Darkness

New York Times book reviews - October 24, 2014 - 7:45am
Must the revolutionary artist ignore the basic laws of decency that govern our world in order to transform that world?
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‘The Immortal Evening,’ by Stanley Plumly

New York Times book reviews - October 24, 2014 - 7:44am
Keats, Wordsworth and Lamb attend a famous dinner party.
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‘The Poet and the Vampyre,’ by Andrew McConnell Stott

New York Times book reviews - October 24, 2014 - 7:44am
An 1816 “ghost story” contest had lasting literary consequences.
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Jean Thompson’s ‘The Witch: And Other Tales Re-told’

New York Times book reviews - October 24, 2014 - 7:43am
Folk and fairy tales are loosely reimagined and rendered with scrupulous realism.
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‘Ghosts: A Natural History,’ by Roger Clarke

New York Times book reviews - October 24, 2014 - 7:43am
A 500-year history of apparitions, poltergeists, séances and our longing to believe in the paranormal.
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