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The Long, Scary Journey From A 'Terrorist's Son' To A Peace Activist

NPR Books - September 18, 2014 - 11:39am

Zak Ebrahim's father was convicted as a conspirator of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. For most of his life, Ebrahim lied to people about who his father was. His new memoir tells his story.

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‘The Emerald Light in the Air,’ by Donald Antrim

New York Times book reviews - September 18, 2014 - 8:30am
Men and women are forced to make detours into unfamiliar territory in Donald Antrim’s first story collection.






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John Lahr: By the Book

New York Times book reviews - September 18, 2014 - 6:00am
The author of “Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh” is not a fan of science fiction. “Life on earth is mysterious and terrifying enough.”






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Book News: Fiction Longlist Is Out For The National Book Awards

NPR Books - September 18, 2014 - 3:29am

Also: A Jane Austen Festival sets a new record; Terrance Hayes on winning a MacArthur.

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Calvino's Cosmicomic Collection Treads The Final Frontier: America

NPR Books - September 18, 2014 - 3:03am

Italo Calvino's delightful "cosmicomic" stories have long been scattered — split into separate books and translated in pieces. Now, a collection new to the U.S. is finally bringing them together.

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Jacqueline Woodson On Being A 'Brown Girl' Who Dreams

NPR Books - September 18, 2014 - 1:29am

In her new memoir for young adults, Woodson uses free verse to tell the story of growing up in the 1960s and 1970s. Her work for young readers often touches on themes of race and identity.

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Jacqueline Woodson On Being A 'Brown Girl' Who Dared To Dream

NPR Books - September 18, 2014 - 1:29am

In her new memoir for young adults, Woodson uses free verse to tell the story of growing up in the 1960s and 1970s. Her work for young readers often touches on themes of race and identity.

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ArtsBeat: Fiction Long List Announced for National Book Awards

New York Times book reviews - September 17, 2014 - 3:15pm
Marilynne Robinson, Elizabeth McCracken and Phil Klay are among the writers whose work is on the 2014 fiction long list for the National Book Awards.






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Martin Amis' 'Zone Of Interest' Is An Electrically Powerful Holocaust Novel

NPR Books - September 17, 2014 - 2:03pm

Martin Amis' latest novel, which takes place in Auschwitz, has already stirred up controversy in Europe according to the New York Times. But reviewer Alan Cheuse calls it the triumph of Amis' career.

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MacArthur Fellow Terrance Hayes: Poems Are Music, Language Our Instrument

NPR Books - September 17, 2014 - 12:37pm

Hayes, a professor of writing at the University of Pittsburgh, was recognized for "reflecting on race, gender, and family in works that seamlessly encompass both the historical and the personal."

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As A Lyricist And Novelist, The Mountain Goats' Lead Man Writes About Pain

NPR Books - September 17, 2014 - 9:43am

John Darnielle's novel, Wolf in White Van, is about a man who survives a trauma. The songwriter tells Fresh Air about his difficult childhood and finding shelter in music and the Incredible Hulk.

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Book News: A Q&A With Alison Bechdel, Cartoonist And MacArthur Winner

NPR Books - September 17, 2014 - 4:38am

Also: a biography of Joan Rivers; the nonfiction longlist for the National Book Award is announced.

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'Broken Monsters' Hits Horror Out Of The Park

NPR Books - September 17, 2014 - 3:03am

We're hard to shock these days, but reviewer Michael Schaub says Lauren Beukes' new novel, Broken Monsters, is flawlessly tense and scary in its tale of a terrible murder in Detroit.

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How One Poet's 'Genius Grant' Became A Gift To Future Generations

NPR Books - September 17, 2014 - 12:13am

Amy Clampitt was named a MacArthur genius in 1992. Today, the home she bought with her award money is used to house rising poets in tuition-free residencies.

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The Kaypro II: An Early Computer With A Writer's Heart

NPR Books - September 16, 2014 - 12:42pm

Commentator Andrei Codrescu remembers the first word processor he had — the Kaypro II in the 1980s. Its inventor, Andrew Kay, died Aug. 28, at the age of 95.

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100 Years Ago, 'New Republic' Helped Define Modern Liberalism

NPR Books - September 16, 2014 - 12:11pm

Robert Siegel speaks with The New Republic editor Franklin Foer about the new book Insurrections of the Mind, a collection of seminal essays from the magazine's first 100 years.

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Book Review: 'Lovely, Dark, Deep'

NPR Books - September 16, 2014 - 12:11pm

Alan Cheuse reviews Joyce Carol Oates' latest collection of short stories, Lovely, Dark, Deep.

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13 Days Of High Emotion That Led To The Egypt-Israel Peace

NPR Books - September 16, 2014 - 10:23am

Lawrence Wright's new book examines the 1978 peace deal President Carter brokered between Egypt and Israel. During the tense summit, Carter had "never been angrier," Wright says.

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Bookends: When Discussing Books, What Does ‘Taste’ Have to Do With It?

New York Times book reviews - September 16, 2014 - 6:00am
James Parker and Adam Kirsch debate whether it really all comes down to taste.






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Book News: Rankine, Glück On National Book Awards Longlist For Poetry

NPR Books - September 16, 2014 - 4:39am

Also: recently discovered letters by Jack Kerouac; Will Self doesn't like hipsters.

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