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Author And His Daughter Cook Around The Word And You Can Too

NPR Books - 8 hours 43 min ago

Kelly McEvers talks to food writer Mark Kurlansky and his daughter Talia about their cookbook International Night, based on their tradition of cooking a meal every week from a different country.

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Poet Finds Summer Is A Time To Reconnect With Nature

NPR Books - 8 hours 43 min ago

In this poem, "Kingfisher," Chris McCabe recalls a bird watching trip, and an attempt to see a rare bird — the vivid blue kingfisher — that he long dreamed of seeing.

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How To Sell Diverse Books: A Bookstore Owner's Advice

NPR Books - August 21, 2014 - 12:03pm

It's not news that the publishing world isn't very diverse. But over on the other side of the industry, how do owners of neighborhood bookstores try to sell books for or about people of color?

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Nostalgic For Noir? Feiffer's 'Kill My Mother' Is A Toxic Treat

NPR Books - August 21, 2014 - 10:01am

In his first graphic novel, Jules Feiffer, 85, has returned to the seedy comic strips, hard boiled novels and B movies of his youth. Maureen Corrigan says it's "a mulligan stew of murder and desire."

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Book News: German Minister Shows Support For Authors' Amazon Protest

NPR Books - August 21, 2014 - 3:47am

Also: Italian novelist Elena Ferrante gives a rare interview; the history of Arabic noir.

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'F' Is For Fraudster In A Family Novel For Our Modern Times

NPR Books - August 20, 2014 - 1:31pm

Daniel Kehlmann's F, about three brothers abandoned by their father, examines the detail of lives lived without integrity. It is brilliantly translated from the German by Carol Brown Janeway.

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To Achieve Diversity In Publishing, A Difficult Dialogue Beats Silence

NPR Books - August 20, 2014 - 12:13pm

The American publishing industry has long been the realm of the privileged few. Lately, though, some writers of color are making their voices heard — and starting some uncomfortable conversations.

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Book News: Laura Ingalls Wilder's Memoir To Be Published

NPR Books - August 20, 2014 - 3:51am

Also: Poet Simin Behbahani, known as the "Lioness of Iran," has died; novelist Lev Grossman on finding his vocation.

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The Depths Of Memory And Pain In 'Ancient Oceans'

NPR Books - August 20, 2014 - 3:03am

David Connerley Nahm's debut, Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky, is full of what critic Michael Schaub calls "anti-nostalgia," the pain of intrusive memories that come when you're least prepared.

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'This Fight Begins In The Heart': Reading James Baldwin As Ferguson Seethes

NPR Books - August 19, 2014 - 12:58pm

Protests in Ferguson, Mo., continue in response to the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by police on Aug. 9. The incident reminds author Laila Lalami of James Baldwin's Notes of a Native Son.

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Simin Behbahani, 'Lioness Of Iran,' Dies At 87

NPR Books - August 19, 2014 - 12:05pm

Iranian poet and women's rights advocate Simin Behbahani has died. Her work probed the social and political challenges that faced Iran after its Islamic Revolution. She was 87.

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A Frustrated Professor Sounds Off To 'Committee Members'

NPR Books - August 19, 2014 - 12:05pm

The protagonist of Julie Schumacher's new Dear Committee Members is frustrated with the future of American arts and letters — and the feckless students who pester him for recommendation letters.

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In Elite MFA Programs, The Challenge Of Writing While 'Other'

NPR Books - August 19, 2014 - 11:54am

Budding writers often turn to graduate workshops for lessons on the craft and as a gateway to publishers. But in classes filled with middle-class white people, many writers of color feel typecast.

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Cardiologist Speaks From The Heart About America's Medical System

NPR Books - August 19, 2014 - 11:01am

In his new memoir, Doctored, Sandeep Jauhar describes a growing discontent among doctors and how it's affecting patients. He says rushed doctors are often practicing "defensive medicine."

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Malala Yousafzai: By the Book

New York Times book reviews - August 19, 2014 - 10:16am
The activist and co-author of “I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World” relished “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” the first book she read in the hospital when recovering from an attack by the Taliban.






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Poet Known As The 'Lioness Of Iran' Dies At 87

NPR Books - August 19, 2014 - 6:48am

Simin Behbahani, renowned for her piercing and fierce language, published 19 books of poetry over the course of six decades.

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Bookends: Can Writing Be Taught?

New York Times book reviews - August 19, 2014 - 6:00am
Rivka Galchen and Zoë Heller discuss whether writing can be taught.






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Book News: J.K. Rowling Profiles 'Singing Sorceress' Celestina Warbeck

NPR Books - August 19, 2014 - 3:10am

Also: King Richard III's "privileged" diet; novelist Karen Russell on the fantastical.

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You Would Think 'Adultery' Would Be A Little More Tantalizing

NPR Books - August 19, 2014 - 3:03am

Critic Heller McAlpin says readers picking up Paulo Coelho's new Adultery in search of deep philosophical insight on marital infidelity and a lack of cliches might be better off with Madame Bovary.

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‘Churchill and Empire,’ by Lawrence James

New York Times book reviews - August 18, 2014 - 12:25pm
A study of Winston Churchill’s contradictions and passions and his long relationship with empire.






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