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Playlist: Writers On Writing

NPR Books - 2 hours 35 min ago

In this playlist, TED speakers explore the nature of creativity, the source of a good story, and the impact of the written word.

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3 Business Best-Sellers Show Inequality Is Now The Hot Topic

NPR Books - 5 hours 10 min ago

Many business books try to help you get rich quick. But three of 2014's biggest sellers focused on unfairness and inequality. Economists say expect more: Books on inequality are riding a huge wave.

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5 Under-The-Radar Reads From Librarian Nancy Pearl

NPR Books - 8 hours 13 min ago

Pearl shares the books she loved this year that you might not have heard of. Her list includes a Hollywood satire, two thrillers, a young adult novel and a nonfiction book about World War I.

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ArtsBeat: Cuba: A Reading List

New York Times book reviews - December 18, 2014 - 11:43am
Recommended books for learning more about Cuba’s history and its relationship to the United States.






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Book News: The Future Of The Public Library May Lie In The Coffee Shop

NPR Books - December 18, 2014 - 7:42am

A long-awaited review of public libraries in the U.K. calls for them to expand digital services and offer a "retail-standard environment" akin to coffee shops.

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Dick Cavett: By the Book

New York Times book reviews - December 18, 2014 - 7:00am
The author of “Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks” is a great fan of rereading. “We’d all have been better off to have read half as many books. Twice.”






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Author Of 'Clifford' Children's Books Dies At 86

NPR Books - December 17, 2014 - 1:11pm

The creator of Clifford The Big, Red Dog died last Friday . Norman Bridwell wrote about 150 Clifford books that were translated into 13 languages and sold nearly 130 million copies.

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Between World Wars, Gay Culture Flourished In Berlin

NPR Books - December 17, 2014 - 10:12am

In Gay Berlin, Robert Beachy describes the rise of a gay subculture in the 1920s and '30s, how it contributed to our understanding of gay identity and how it was eradicated by the Nazis.

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Book News: Sci-Fi Writer Signs On As 'Chief Futurist' For Secretive Startup

NPR Books - December 17, 2014 - 9:53am

Neal Stephenson, author of Snow Crash, said he'll be assuming the role at the augmented reality company Magic Leap, which recently landed $542 million in investments from Google and other tech giants.

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25 Years Ago, 'Darkness Visible' Broke Ground Detailing Depression

NPR Books - December 17, 2014 - 2:04am

Renee Montagne talks to writer Andrew Solomon, who has chronicled his own battle with depression, about how William Styron's work opened up discussions of mental illness.

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'Clifford The Big Red Dog' Creator Bridwell Dies At 86

NPR Books - December 16, 2014 - 5:28pm

More than 50 years after he came up with a story about a huge dog, author Norman Bridwell has died. In 2012, Bridwell told NPR he had been shocked when his idea was accepted for publication.

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Marvel At 75: Still Slinging Webs And Guarding Galaxies

NPR Books - December 16, 2014 - 1:19pm

What became Marvel Comics got its start in 1939 as Timely Publications. It went through many changes — but one constant has been writer Stanley Lieber, better known as Stan Lee.

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Early On, Comedian John Cleese Says, He Had Good Timing But Little Else

NPR Books - December 16, 2014 - 11:04am

The co-founder of the Monty Python troupe admits he wasn't "naturally gifted" at physical comedy, and learned a lot by imitation. His new memoir, So, Anyway..., covers his boyhood and early career.

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