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ArtsBeat: A Letter From Camus to Sartre, Before They Were Enemies

New York Times book reviews - November 26, 2014 - 10:56am
A letter from Albert Camus to Jean-Paul Sartre surfaces, one apparently written in 1951 before they clashed.






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Book News: Despite The Tumult, Ferguson Library Keeps Its Doors Open

NPR Books - November 26, 2014 - 7:13am

Even as public schools in the area closed amid protests, the Ferguson Public Library stayed open for local students and readers. Onlookers have responded with an outpouring of donations.

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North-Of-The-Border Horror In 'Go Down Together'

NPR Books - November 26, 2014 - 4:03am

Cold, dark winter nights are the perfect time to dip into Gemma Files' chilling new story collection, We Will All Go Down Together. Critic Jason Heller praises Files' "ghostly, magical storytelling."

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Literary Landscapes: To Russia, With Tough Love

New York Times book reviews - November 25, 2014 - 2:11pm
Masha Gessen recounts the literary history of Moscow and describes why she’s become disillusioned with the city of her birth.






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Box Of Love Letters Reveals Grandfather Didn't Escape WWII With 'Everyone'

NPR Books - November 25, 2014 - 2:08pm

Years after her grandfather's death, Sarah Wildman discovered letters from a young woman he'd left behind in Vienna in the 1930s. So Wildman set out to find her grandfather's true love.

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Lighten Your Thanksgiving Trek With These Audiobooks, Comedy Albums

NPR Books - November 25, 2014 - 1:28pm

An estimated 46 million Americans will take to the road this Thanksgiving. We survey some of the best recorded comedy and audiobooks so you can laugh away the tension if you're stuck in traffic.

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In 'Redeployment,' Former Marine Explores The Challenges Of Coming Home

NPR Books - November 25, 2014 - 11:39am

Phil Klay served in Iraq from January 2007 to February 2008. He recently won a National Book Award for his collection of short stories.

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Book News: Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Collection Gets A Texas Welcome

NPR Books - November 25, 2014 - 7:09am

The University of Texas, Austin nabbed the rights to preserve and present the late Nobel winner's collected writings. Also: HBO takes on Scientology, and Aretha Franklin decries her new biography.

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Bookends: What Makes the Russian Literature of the 19th Century So Distinctive?

New York Times book reviews - November 25, 2014 - 7:00am
Francine Prose and Benjamin Moser discuss the great Russian writers and their approach to the human heart and soul.






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Long-Lost Letter That Inspired 'On The Road' Style Has Been Found

NPR Books - November 24, 2014 - 2:46pm

Known as the "Joan Anderson Letter," the 18-page, single-spaced, stream of consciousness note from Neal Cassady to Jack Kerouac was found amid the dusty papers of a now-closed publishing house.

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ArtsBeat: Neal Cassady’s Famous Lost Letter to Jack Kerouac to Be Auctioned

New York Times book reviews - November 24, 2014 - 2:28pm
A 16,000-word letter that inspired Kerouac to rewrite “On the Road” has been found, and will be sold at auction in December.






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Book Review: 'Lunch Poems' Reissue

NPR Books - November 24, 2014 - 1:37pm

In honor of the 50th anniversary of "Lunch Poems" by Frank O'Hara, City Lights Books has reissued an expanded version of the collection.

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BOOK THE GREAT REFORMER

NPR Books - November 24, 2014 - 12:55pm

NPR's Eric Westervelt talks to Austen Ivereigh about his new biography of Pope Francis, "The Great Reformer".

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Decades Later, Laurie Colwin's Books 'Will Not Let You Down'

NPR Books - November 24, 2014 - 11:49am

A digital publisher has released a bounty of Colwin's books: four novels, three short-story collections and a collection of cooking essays. Colwin, who died in 1992 at age 48, had an "elusive magic."

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The Rise And Fall Of Comedian Bob Hope

NPR Books - November 24, 2014 - 11:43am

Hope was a comedy trailblazer, but in his twilight years he alienated young audiences with his political views. "He had, unfortunately, stuck around too long," says Hope biographer Richard Zoglin.

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ArtsBeat: A 19th-Century-Style ‘Christmas Carol’ on the Upper East Side

New York Times book reviews - November 24, 2014 - 8:52am
A new performance of the Dickens Christmas classic recreates a 19th-century-style salon performance.






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‘Embattled Rebel,’ by James M. McPherson

New York Times book reviews - November 24, 2014 - 7:36am
James M. McPherson reconsiders Jefferson Davis, the Confederate president and military commander.






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Book News: Note That Helped Put Kerouac 'On The Road' Is Now On The Block

NPR Books - November 24, 2014 - 6:56am

Once thought lost to a watery grave, Neal Cassady's letter to Jack Kerouac, which inspired On the Road, has resurfaced and will be sold Dec. 17. Also: Daniel Handler delivers on his $110,000 apology.

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