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‘Infamy’ and ‘The Train to Crystal City’

New York Times book reviews - 8 hours 20 min ago
Two books about the internment of Japanese- (and sometimes German-) Americans during World War II.






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This Weekend, Investigate The 'Edges' Of Fred Moten's Musical Poetry

NPR Books - 8 hours 59 min ago

In honor of National Poetry Month, our latest Weekend Read is Fred Moten's collection The Little Edges. Poet Douglas Kearney says Moten's power is in his attention to music, both in text and subject.

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A City Full Of Contradictions, And A Trilogy To Match In 'Nocturne'

NPR Books - 9 hours 39 min ago

The second volume of Anne Opotowsky's lavish trilogy about the Kowloon Walled City is like the city itself — vibrant and contradictory, its skilled atmospherics sometimes marred by sloppy art.

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The World Music Education of Philip Glass

NPR Books - April 25, 2015 - 1:06pm

In his new memoir, Music Without Words, the composer explains how a chance meeting with Ravi Shankar sparked a fascination with the cultures of the world and their music.

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Imagining The Power Of Edouard Manet's 'Very Active Muse'

NPR Books - April 25, 2015 - 6:06am

Maureen Gibbon's new novel, Paris Red, delves into the life of Victorine Meurent, Manet's favorite model and the central figure in some of his most famous paintings.

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Tiny Pages Reveal Big, Rodent-Related Worries In 'Devotion'

NPR Books - April 25, 2015 - 3:03am

Don't be put off by the size of Devotion: A Rat Story by Maile Meloy. It's a small book, hardly larger than a pack of cigarettes, but the horror it delivers is real (and rat shaped).

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It's The Fuzz! Cat Detective Swipes A Claw At Crime In 'William'

NPR Books - April 25, 2015 - 1:27am

When the Mona Cheesa goes missing in Paris, "international cat of mystery" William is called in on the case. Helen Hancocks joins NPR's Scott Simon to talk about William & the Missing Masterpiece.

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Don't Take His Stapler: 'Paper Clip' Author's Passion For Office Supplies

NPR Books - April 24, 2015 - 12:22pm

James Ward's new book stems from a lifelong love of Post-it notes, pencils and paper clips. He tells NPR's Melissa Block that they remind him of his school days, when life was less complicated.

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ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: ‘One of Us’

New York Times book reviews - April 24, 2015 - 12:12pm
Eric Schlosser discusses Asne Seierstad’s “One of Us,” and Meghan O’Rourke talks about Elizabeth Alexander’s “The Light of the World.”






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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of April 23, 2015

NPR Books - April 24, 2015 - 12:03pm

Richard Flanagan's The Narrow Road to the Deep North follows a doctor who is captured by the Japanese during World War II and ends up caring for prisoners of war. It appears at No. 9.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of April 23, 2015

NPR Books - April 24, 2015 - 12:03pm

Alexander McCall Smith's Emma is a retelling of Jane Austen's classic set in the 20th century. It debuts at No. 15.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of April 23, 2015

NPR Books - April 24, 2015 - 12:03pm

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

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of April 23, 2015

NPR Books - April 24, 2015 - 12:00pm

The Opposite of Loneliness is a posthumous collection of essays and stories by Marina Keegan, a talented Yale graduate who died days after graduation. It appears at No. 11.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of April 23, 2015

NPR Books - April 24, 2015 - 12:00pm

In The Road to Character, David Brooks looks at how some of the world's great thinkers have built strong inner character. It debuts at No. 1.

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ArtsBeat: Alabama Town Loses Rights to Produce Play of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

New York Times book reviews - April 24, 2015 - 11:42am
The Monroeville, Ala. museum that produces the theater adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel announced that it has lost licensing rights.






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'Pope And Mussolini' Tells The 'Secret History' Of Fascism And The Church

NPR Books - April 24, 2015 - 9:58am

Historian David Kertzer says the Catholic Church lent organizational strength and moral legitimacy to Mussolini's fascist regime. Kertzer recently won a Pulitzer Prize for his book.

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Inside the List

New York Times book reviews - April 24, 2015 - 6:30am
Cokie Roberts’s “Capital Dames,” No. 10 on the hardcover nonfiction list, is about powerful women in Washington during the Civil War era.
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Paperback Row

New York Times book reviews - April 24, 2015 - 6:00am
Paperback books of particular interest.
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Editors’ Choice

New York Times book reviews - April 24, 2015 - 6:00am
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.
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Open Book: Sing, O Muse

New York Times book reviews - April 24, 2015 - 5:27am
If National Poetry Month is partly intended to encourage poetry’s engagement with contemporary culture, two young poets reviewed in this issue are doing their part.
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