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A Biography Of Your Cubicle: How This Became The Modern Workplace

NPR Books - 8 hours 22 min ago

The office has long been seen as a symbol of boredom: It's a killer of spirits, a destroyer of spontaneity. But reviewer Rosecrans Baldwin says a new book brings out its entertaining side.

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An Eater's-Eye View Of Literature's Most Iconic Meals

NPR Books - 9 hours 8 min ago

With intricately composed photographs, designer Dinah Fried puts readers at the table for 50 of her favorite literary spreads. Her new book is called Fictitious Dishes.

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Matthew Weiner: By the Book

New York Times book reviews - 13 hours 10 min ago
The creator of “Mad Men” cites the impact of John Cheever’s fiction on the show: “Cheever has a voice filled with irony and comedy and pain that, on some level, I’m always seeking to emulate.”






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Book News: Happiness Study Says Library Trips Are As Good As A Pay Raise

NPR Books - 17 hours 26 min ago

Also: The shortlist for the 2014 Caine Prize was announced; Richard H. Hoggart, key witness in the obscenity trial of Lady Chatterley's Lover, has died.

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Mitterrand's Taste For 'Intrigue' And Contradiction

NPR Books - 18 hours 20 min ago

Philip Short's new biography of French president Francois Mitterrand, A Taste for Intrigue, is a compelling, polished portrait of a slippery, contradictory figure who relished reinventing himself.

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Book News: Gabriel García Márquez Left An Unpublished Manuscript

NPR Books - April 23, 2014 - 4:09am

Also: a previously unpublished story by Shirley Jackson; tips to tell whether you are in a Charles Dickens novel.

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Better (?) Living Through Chemistry In 'Afterparty'

NPR Books - April 23, 2014 - 3:03am

Darryl Gregory's new novel, Afterparty, envisions a future where anyone with the right gear can make his own custom drugs. Critic Jason Sheehan calls it a juicy jumble of second-generation biopunk.

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Book Review: 'In Praise Of Hatred'

NPR Books - April 22, 2014 - 12:06pm

Alan Cheuse reviews the novel In Praise of Hatred, by Khaled Khalifa. The book, which was recently translated to English, features a young Muslim girl in 1980s Syria.

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'Forcing The Spring' Tells One Chapter In Story Of Marriage Equality

NPR Books - April 22, 2014 - 11:51am

The strategy of going to the Supreme Court to challenge Proposition 8 was controversial within the gay-rights movement. Now, Jo Becker's new book is proving to be controversial as well.

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Bookends: Is It O.K. to Mine Real Relationships for Literary Material?

New York Times book reviews - April 22, 2014 - 8:01am
Francine Prose and Leslie Jamison discuss what they make of writers mining actual relationships for material.






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Book News: Ex-Supreme Court Justice Wants 6 Changes To Constitution

NPR Books - April 22, 2014 - 4:13am

Also: The battle over the word "literally," Claudia Rankine won the $50,000 Jackson Poetry Prize.

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'Chameleon Club' Takes On Too Many Colors

NPR Books - April 22, 2014 - 3:03am

Francine Prose's new Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 concerns itself with the malleability of truth — but stumbles with characters who are flamboyantly quirky, rather than truly engaging.

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Exclusive First Read: Colson Whitehead's 'The Noble Hustle'

NPR Books - April 22, 2014 - 3:01am

Colson Whitehead's account of his anhedonic adventures at the World Series of Poker is tough and tasty — like a good piece of beef jerky.

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