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'NeuroTribes' Examines The History — And Myths — Of The Autism Spectrum

NPR Books - 2 hours 25 min ago

Steve Silberman talks about how Nazi extermination plans and a discredited scientific paper about childhood vaccines shaped our current understanding of autism.

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Franzen's Latest Novel: An Ambitious But Tarnished 'Purity'

NPR Books - 3 hours 45 min ago

Jonathan Franzen weaves together a cavalcade of stories and characters in his latest novel. Critic Maureen Corrigan says that despite its breadth, Purity fails to "emotionally move the reader."

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'Twelve Kings' Launches A Bold New Fantasy World

NPR Books - 6 hours 10 min ago

12 immortal, iron-fisted god-kings rule over the desert metropolis of Sharakhai. No one can stand against them, until the gladiator Çeda begins hunting for the truth behind her mother's death.

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'The Shepherd's Crown' Tells Terry Pratchett Fans How To Mourn Him

NPR Books - 9 hours 10 min ago

The fantasy author's last novel opens with the death of one of his most beloved characters and serves as an illustration of his thoughts on his own impending death and the inevitability of change.

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‘$2.00 a Day,’ by Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shaefer

New York Times book reviews - 10 hours 43 min ago
A look at the rise of extreme poverty and how families survive in its grip.









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‘The Silo Effect,’ by Gillian Tett

New York Times book reviews - 10 hours 43 min ago
A journalist takes an anthropological approach to the structure of organizations.









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In New Neapolitan Novel, Fans Seek Clues About Mysterious Author's Past

NPR Books - September 1, 2015 - 12:29pm

Elena Ferrante is the pen name of an anonymous Italian author. Very little is known about her, but Ferrante's books — widely believed to be a thinly veiled autobiography — have achieved cult status.

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A Compelling Plot Gives Way To Farce In Franzen's Purity

NPR Books - September 1, 2015 - 12:29pm

The new novel reveals sharp observations and a great, sprawling story. But critic Roxane Gay says the book gets bogged down with absurdly drawn characters and misfired critiques of modern life.

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ArtsBeat: Five Poets Receive Lucrative Fellowships

New York Times book reviews - September 1, 2015 - 11:25am
The Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine announced the winners on Tuesday.









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Jonathan Franzen On Writing: It's An 'Escape From Everything'

NPR Books - September 1, 2015 - 9:56am

The author of The Corrections and the new novel Purity likens writing to losing himself in a dream. "When it's really going well ... you're in a fantasy land and feeling no pain," he says.

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Bookends: Is Everyone Qualified to Be a Critic?

New York Times book reviews - September 1, 2015 - 9:41am
Adam Kirsch and Charles McGrath discuss what it takes to pass judgment on the arts.









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ArtsBeat: Carrie Brownstein’s Book Tour to Kick Off in Brooklyn

New York Times book reviews - September 1, 2015 - 9:27am
Carrie Brownstein will be traveling to 11 cities across the United States this fall to promote her memoir, “Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl,” due in October.









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‘The End of Tsarist Russia,’ by Dominic Lieven

New York Times book reviews - September 1, 2015 - 8:16am
A scholar approaches World War I from the standpoint of Russian foreign policy.









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Truth Is Strange And Fiction Is Charming In 'Girl Waits With Gun'

NPR Books - September 1, 2015 - 3:04am

Amy Stewart's new novel is inspired by the real-life tale of the Kopp sisters, three women who faced down a cruel factory owner after he crashed into their buggy and refused to pay restitution.

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‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’ by David Lagercrantz

New York Times book reviews - September 1, 2015 - 1:30am
The novel features artificial intelligence and code breaking and suitably icy bad guys.









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Ruth Bader Ginsburg And Sandra Day O'Connor, 'Sisters In Law'

NPR Books - September 1, 2015 - 1:01am

A new book explains that the women were not personal friends, but they were strong allies on the Supreme Court bench, especially in the legal fight for women's equality.

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‘Did You Ever Have a Family’ by Bill Clegg

New York Times book reviews - September 1, 2015 - 1:00am
In the wake of a tragedy, the affected reckon with complicated pasts.









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Novelist Amy Stewart Turns 1914 Traffic Accident Into 'Girl Waits With Gun'

NPR Books - August 31, 2015 - 1:38am

Steve Inskeep talks to Amy Stewart about her novel Girl Waits With Gun. It's based on the story of a woman who went on to become one of the first female deputy sheriffs in early 20th century America.

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The Glimmering Sheen Of A Wide World Seen From Inside A Bubble

NPR Books - August 30, 2015 - 2:09pm

The teen heroine of Nicola Yoon's debut novel, Everything, Everything, has a disorder that bars her from leaving her house. Still, her world is vast, filled with writings, drawings — and new love.

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