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Book News: Amazon Exec Says Hachette Is Using Authors 'As Human Shields'

NPR Books - 3 hours 10 min ago

Also: President Obama will give the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal to 21 artists, writers, academics and journalists; Katie Crouch on Sylvia Plath.

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Can I Get A Do-Over? Shadow Selves And Second Chances

NPR Books - 4 hours 24 min ago

Get your comic fix this week with Bryan Lee O'Malley's Seconds and The Shadow Hero, by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew. Both books take up the idea of re-writing the past — but in very different ways.

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Cat PDA Vs. Human PDA, And Other Animal Behavior Explained

NPR Books - July 23, 2014 - 10:56am

Veterinarian Vint Virga works with pets and zoo animals on behavior disorders. He talks about how house cats are more fulfilled when they forage for food, and how to show animals affection.

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Book News: Booker Prize, Now Open To U.S. Authors, Longlists 5 Americans

NPR Books - July 23, 2014 - 5:52am

Also: a new short story by Zadie Smith; mermaid mythology.

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'Rocket Girl' Is A Jetpack-Powered 21st Century Angel

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

Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare's effervescent comic about a flight-suited future teenager is now out in a paperback collection. Reviewer Etelka Lehoczky calls it "a high-spirited, often funny ride."

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Book Review: 'Angels Make Their Hope Here'

NPR Books - July 22, 2014 - 1:47pm

Alan Cheuse reviews Angels Make Their Hope Here, by Breena Clarke.

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How Scientists Created A Typhus Vaccine In A 'Fantastic Laboratory'

NPR Books - July 22, 2014 - 11:33am

Arthur Allen's new book, The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl, describes how a WWII scientist in Poland smuggled the typhus vaccine to Jews — while his team made a weakened version for the Nazis.

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Despite Disability, One Mountain Climber Reflects On His Advantages

NPR Books - July 22, 2014 - 10:02am

Spencer West was born with a genetic disorder that led to both his legs being amputated. West tells host Michel Martin about how he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro using just his hands and arms.

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Bookends: When It Comes to Fiction About National Tragedy, How Soon Is Too Soon?

New York Times book reviews - July 22, 2014 - 6:00am
Daniel Mendelsohn and Anna Holmes discuss whether there is an appropriate amount of time to wait before turning national tragedy or trauma into art.






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Book News: Thomas Berger, Author Of 'Little Big Man,' Dies

NPR Books - July 22, 2014 - 3:29am

Also: A survey suggests that the dispute between Amazon and Hachette may be deterring customers; Harper Lee apparently has questionable taste in coffee.

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London Through The Eyes Of Dickens In 'The Victorian City'

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

Most of us, when we think of Victorian London, think of the work of Charles Dickens. Historian Judith Flanders' uses Dickens' words to paint a vivid portrait of a vibrant but troubled city.

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London Through The Eyes Of Dickens In 'The Victorian City'

NPR Books - July 22, 2014 - 3:00am

Most of us, when we think of Victorian London, think of the work of Charles Dickens. Historian Judith Flanders' uses Dickens' words to paint a vivid portrait of a vibrant but troubled city.

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By Trolley, Train, Show Boat Or Surrey, These Musicals Will Move You

NPR Books - July 21, 2014 - 12:17pm

When we asked movie critic Bob Mondello to contribute to our Book Your Trip series, he immediately began humming show tunes. Spend six minutes listening to this story and you'll be singing along, too.

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On 'Tomlinson Hill,' Journalist Seeks Truth And Reconciliation

NPR Books - July 21, 2014 - 11:20am

Chris Tomlinson covered conflict, including apartheid in Africa, for 11 years. Then the great-great-grandson of Texas slaveholders realized he needed to write a book about his family's history.

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Phyllis Schlafly Explains Why Feminism Has Made Women Unhappy

NPR Books - July 21, 2014 - 9:53am

Phyllis Schlafly is best known for her successful 1973 campaign to stop the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. Host Michel Martin speaks to the conservative activist about her life and career.

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