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Rick Perlstein: By the Book

New York Times book reviews - 3 hours 54 min ago
The author, most recently, of “The Invisible Bridge,” would like Chekhov to write his life story. “Sometimes I think he knows me better than I know myself, even when he’s ostensibly writing about Russian ladies over a hundred years ago.”






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Book News: Former Poet Laureate Robert Hass Wins $100,000 Poetry Prize

NPR Books - 6 hours 17 min ago

Also: Leslie Jamison on a lonely whale; Ben Lerner on writing fiction.

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'Kill My Mother' Is A Darkly Drawn Confection

NPR Books - 6 hours 51 min ago

Veteran cartoonist Jules Feiffer has just written his first graphic novel, the noirish Kill My Mother. Reviewer Alan Cheuse is discovering graphic novels equally late, but still finds it a good read.

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Telling Crimea's Story Through Children's Books

NPR Books - 6 hours 52 min ago

Blending history, myth and geopolitics, Lily Hyde uses fairy tales to teach children and young adults about Eastern European history. To cover the current unrest, though, she has put fiction on hold.

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Raising A Birthday Glass To Comics King Jack Kirby

NPR Books - 10 hours 10 min ago

This Thursday is comics legend Jack Kirby's birthday; the creator of Captain America would have been 97. Comics stores and creators all over the country are hosting celebrations in his honor.

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Book News: Calif. Law Calls For Textbooks To Teach Significance Of Obama's Election

NPR Books - August 27, 2014 - 3:51am

Also: Kobo will release a waterproof e-reader; new poems from Idra Novey and Marylen Grigas.

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'Lock In': A Cop Story For Robot Lovers, A Robot Story For Cop Lovers

NPR Books - August 27, 2014 - 3:03am

John Scalzi's new Lock In is a successful genre mashup that balances the needs of a police procedural (dead body, damaged detective) with those of a science fiction yarn (hard-core world building).

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Marine Turned Novelist Brings Brutal, Everyday Work Of War Into Focus

NPR Books - August 26, 2014 - 1:05pm

Michael Pitre, author of Fives and Twenty-Fives, served two tours in Iraq. He says, "It was not glamorous and it's not SEAL Team 6; it's just work, and I wanted to tell a story about that."

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Bookends: Does Where You Live Make a Difference in How and What You Write?

New York Times book reviews - August 26, 2014 - 6:00am
Mohsin Hamid and Thomas Mallon discuss how where they’ve lived has affected their work.






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Book News: Desmond O'Grady, Irish Poet (And Fellini Bit Actor), Dies

NPR Books - August 26, 2014 - 5:00am

Also: a lively defense of the font Comic Sans; Elissa Schappell on finding her muse.

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'Land And Sea' Is An Unceasingly Bleak Story

NPR Books - August 26, 2014 - 3:03am

Katy Simpson Smith's debut novel, The Story of Land and Sea, is a story of suffering centered on an ex-pirate and his daughter just after the American Revolution. It's flawed, but a worthwhile read.

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Exclusive First Read: 'The Bone Clocks' By David Mitchell

NPR Books - August 26, 2014 - 3:03am

David Mitchell's new novel, The Bone Clocks, mixes fantasy and literary fiction in a decades-spanning saga of ordinary people who get caught up in a war between two factions of ancient near-immortals.

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