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Book News: New Haruki Murakami Book Coming Out In December

NPR Books - 29 min 47 sec ago

Also: the man who dug through John Updike's trash; a new biography of Robin Williams.

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Accepting The Strange Brilliance Of 'Acceptance'

NPR Books - 1 hour 25 min ago

Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach trilogy comes to an end with Acceptance; reviewer Jason Sheehan says it's a maddening, fascinating read that will stay with you long after you finish the last page.

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Doing The Hard Work Of Becoming A 'Real Man'

NPR Books - September 1, 2014 - 12:07pm

The process of becoming a man isn't always an easy one, but poet Saeed Jones says that reading Real Man Adventures by T Cooper, can make the journey more joyful.

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For Anniversary, A New Chapter Of 'Charlie And The Chocolate Factory'

NPR Books - September 1, 2014 - 6:42am

The chapter describes the Vanilla Fudge Room, an extra room in the chocolate factory. In it, Charlie Bucket goes to the factory with his mother – not his grandfather. The book turns 50 this month.

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Author Charles Cumming Ponders The Seductions — And The Sins — Of Spying

NPR Books - September 1, 2014 - 3:03am

NPR's Madhulika Sikka profiles Cumming, the author of thoughtful spy sagas like A Colder War. Cumming's books provide plenty of action, but also grapple with the moral quandaries of espionage.

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Ghanaian Mystery Writer Says, 'It's Easy To Get Murdered In Accra'

NPR Books - August 31, 2014 - 11:16pm

And, author Kwei Quartey adds, "The police may not find you for a little while." That's why he chose to set his second Detective Inspector Dawson book in Ghana's capital.

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'A Thousand Mirrors' Shows Two Views Of One Long, Brutal War

NPR Books - August 31, 2014 - 2:01pm

In her new novel, Island of a Thousand Mirrors, Sri Lankan-American author Nayomi Munaweera shows the decades-long Sri Lankan civil war from the perspective of two girls who witness the horror.

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This Time It's 'Personal': Lee Child Writes His 19th Jack Reacher Novel

NPR Books - August 31, 2014 - 3:46am

The retired U.S. military policeman is in pursuit of a sniper in the latest installment of the suspense series. Child says its both fun and challenging to make these novels "the same but different."

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Rescuing Science From The Military ... With Comics?

NPR Books - August 31, 2014 - 3:03am

A new box set collects Matt Hawkins' comic Think Tank, which follows a sexy, scruffy scientific genius attempting to break away from his job developing lethal weapons for the military.

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'Why Not?' David Mitchell On Mixing Fantasy And Reality In 'Bone Clocks'

NPR Books - August 31, 2014 - 1:20am

The plotting in Mitchell's new novel isn't quite as complex as in previous works, but it takes an abrupt turn into dystopian fantasy towards the end. "It's what the book wanted to be," he tells NPR.

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The Other Rock History

NPR Books - August 30, 2014 - 2:48pm

What makes an essential rock song? Music journalist Greil Marcus argues that it's not the stature of the performer, but the degree to which a song tells the story of rock 'n' roll itself.

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Travelling Books: Vintage Van Carries Literature Around Lisbon

NPR Books - August 30, 2014 - 1:11pm

A mobile bookstore, loaded with translations of Portuguese classics, drives around selling books to tourists and locals alike. The van, called Tell a Story, plans to start traveling throughout Europe.

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Inside the List

New York Times book reviews - August 29, 2014 - 6:50am
Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin Republican whose first book, “The Way Forward,” is No. 5 on the hardcover nonfiction list, has opened up about his father’s alcoholism and early death.






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Editors’ Choice

New York Times book reviews - August 29, 2014 - 6:49am
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.






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Paperback Row

New York Times book reviews - August 29, 2014 - 6:49am
Paperback books of particular interest.






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‘The City Under the Skin’ by Geoff Nicholson

New York Times book reviews - August 29, 2014 - 6:48am
In a nameless city, women are abducted, tattooed with crude maps and released.






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Robert Timberg’s ‘Blue-Eyed Boy’

New York Times book reviews - August 29, 2014 - 6:48am
Robert Timberg traces his personal journey from disfigured Vietnam veteran to author and journalist.






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‘The Birth of Korean Cool,’ by Euny Hong

New York Times book reviews - August 29, 2014 - 6:48am
Cultural influence has kept pace with South Korea’s growth.






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‘The Shadow Hero,’ by Gene Luen Yang

New York Times book reviews - August 29, 2014 - 6:47am
A tribute to an Asian superhero from the 1940s.






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‘The Invention of Exile,’ by Vanessa Manko

New York Times book reviews - August 29, 2014 - 6:47am
A Russian immigrant, deported from the United States, attempts to reunite with his family.






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