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Reflecting On Football And Addiction As 'Friday Night Lights' Turns 25

NPR Books - August 3, 2015 - 10:37am

A quarter-century ago, Buzz Bissinger wrote about the big-time stakes of small-town high school football in Friday Night Lights. Now he talks about the impact the book had on the players and himself.

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Joe Domanick’s ‘Blue’ Examines the L.A.P.D.

New York Times book reviews - August 3, 2015 - 7:27am
How Los Angeles overcame terrible crime and a corrupt and brutal police department.









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'Spies' Is A Cinematic Account Of Americans In War-Torn Paris

NPR Books - August 3, 2015 - 3:03am

Historian Alex Kershaw's latest book focuses on an American doctor and his family who worked with the French Resistance from their apartment just down Avenue Foch from the Paris SS headquarters.

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Literary Landscapes: Patter and Patois

New York Times book reviews - August 3, 2015 - 1:00am
Walter Mosley writes about his relationship to the literature of Louisiana.









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'Kids Love To Be Scared': Louis Sachar On Balancing Fun And Fear

NPR Books - August 2, 2015 - 1:57pm

The award-winning author of Holes has just published a new novel for young readers, called Fuzzy Mud. It mixes middle-school social puzzles with a more sinister mystery: a rogue biotech threat.

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ArtsBeat: Eric Schlosser to Publish Book on American Prison System

New York Times book reviews - August 2, 2015 - 1:38pm
Eric Schlosser, who wrote “Fast Food Nation,” will explore how rising incarceration rates are intertwined with social factors like growing inequality.









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This 'Woman With A Secret' Plays Deadly Mind Games

NPR Books - August 2, 2015 - 3:03am

Sophie Hannah's new psychological crime thriller is about the cruel machinations of outwardly nice married folks with too much time on their hands.

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Luther Campbell Of 2 Live Crew On Fame, Obscenity And Community

NPR Books - August 2, 2015 - 1:42am

Before joining the notoriously shocking rap crew, Campbell was a party-rocking DJ in Miami. Even then, he knew that being aggressively different could lead to success.

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Aviator Beryl Markham Soars Again In 'Paris Wife' Author's New Book

NPR Books - August 1, 2015 - 3:21pm

"It is my fate to illuminate the lives of these one-of-a-kind notable women that have been somehow forgotten by history," says Paula McLain. She shines her spotlight on Markham in Circling the Sun.

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A Look Back On 'Middle Passage': The Evolution Of A Literary Classic

NPR Books - August 1, 2015 - 1:10pm

Twenty-five years after Charles Johnson's Middle Passage — which dwells with race, class and gender in 19th-century America — won the National Book Award, he reflects on his book's evolving meaning.

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A Study Of Gods And Human Nature In 'Tiberius'

NPR Books - August 1, 2015 - 3:42am

Under Tiberius is a new novel about deceit and crime. The main character is the man who came to be known as Jesus Christ. NPR's Scott Simon talks to author Nick Tosches.

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'Three Moments' Is A Symphony Of Short Story Strangeness

NPR Books - August 1, 2015 - 3:03am

Acclaimed sci-fi author China Miéville hasn't been known for his short fiction, but reviewer Jason Heller says his new collection — subversive, strange and full of sick humor — will change that.

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