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'The Book Of Strange New Things' Treads Familiar Territory

NPR Books - October 30, 2014 - 2:20pm

Michel Faber's best-seller, The Crimson Petal and the White, captured the feel of Victorian London. His latest is a literary science-fiction tale that might disappoint hard core sci-fi fans.

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Bruce Springsteen: By the Book

New York Times book reviews - October 30, 2014 - 6:00am
The musician and author of the new picture book “Outlaw Pete” likes reading about cosmology: “I find men and women struggling to answer the deepest questions we can ask freeing.”






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I'm Not Scary, I'm Just Drawn That Way: Great Comics For Halloween

NPR Books - October 30, 2014 - 3:03am

Ready for a Halloween scare? Reviewer Etelka Lehoczky says these graphic novels and compilations — packed with creepy cults, alien monsters, gravediggers and ghosts — are just the ticket.

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ArtsBeat: Have You Got Questions for Gillian Flynn or Cheryl Strayed?

New York Times book reviews - October 29, 2014 - 2:48pm
Let us know what you would ask these best-selling authors.






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ArtsBeat: Seattle Sorts Library Books Faster than New York? Fuhgeddaboudit

New York Times book reviews - October 29, 2014 - 2:17pm
New York’s library book sorter has proven itself superior to one in Washington state is a friendly competition this year.






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The Incredible Story Of Chilean Miners Rescued From The 'Deep Down Dark'

NPR Books - October 29, 2014 - 9:39am

Hector Tobar had exclusive access to the 33 miners to report his new book detailing the claustrophobic horror they faced when they were trapped for 69 days in 2010. The result is a doozy.

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Book News: Young Adult And Kids' Lit Boost E-Book Revenue

NPR Books - October 29, 2014 - 6:37am

From January to July, e-book revenue grew 7.5 percent compared with the same period last year. Also: R.L. Stine tweets a horror, and poets slip into something a bit sexier.

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ArtsBeat: Authors Auction Off Novelistic Naming Rights

New York Times book reviews - October 28, 2014 - 1:33pm
Literary figures give readers a literal entree into their novels.






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Book Review: 'Belzhar' By Meg Wolitzer

NPR Books - October 28, 2014 - 12:38pm

Novelist Gabrielle Zelvin reviews Meg Wolitzer's new young adult book, Belzhar.

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A Candid Memoir From Comedian Amy Poehler? 'Yes Please'

NPR Books - October 28, 2014 - 10:16am

Poehler joins Fresh Air's Terry Gross to talk about fighting the body image "demon," being a "world-class snooper" and how she was once told that she had a "great face for wigs."

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Book News: 2 Popular Books May Be Coming To TV

NPR Books - October 28, 2014 - 6:25am

Ann Leckie's sci-fi epic Ancillary Justice and Karen Russell's St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves have been optioned for TV. Meanwhile, a long-lost Malcolm Lowry novel sees publication.

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Bookends: Have You Ever Had a Relationship End Because of a Book?

New York Times book reviews - October 28, 2014 - 6:00am
Zoë Heller and Anna Holmes discuss the havoc books can wreak on relationships.






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'Slow Regard' Is A Riddle, Wrapped In A Mystery, Living In An Underground Tunnel

NPR Books - October 28, 2014 - 3:03am

Patrick Rothfuss' new novella is a dreamy flight of fantasy that follows a secondary character in his vast Kingkiller Chronicle: Auri, a quiet young woman living in a sprawling, secret tunnel network.

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The Battle For Dreamland, Revisited In 'Nemo'

NPR Books - October 28, 2014 - 3:03am

A lavishly produced new tribute to Winsor McCay's Little Nemo comics gathers dozens of today's artists to revisit Slumberland. Critic Etelka Lehoczky says the book is beautiful but unchallenging.

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