Book Reviews

'Mirror Test' Reflects On The Consequences Of The Wars In Iraq And Afghanistan

NPR Books - May 25, 2016 - 9:23am

While serving as a State Department adviser in Iraq and Afghanistan, J. Kael Weston instigated a military mission that resulted the death of 31 service members. His memoir revisits the tragedy of war.

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4 First-Rate Thrillers Deliver A Summer Of Suspenseful Reading

NPR Books - May 25, 2016 - 9:23am

The suspense stories on Maureen Corrigan's early summer reading list roam from the beaches of Long Island to the Welsh coast, and from the mean streets of Chicago to the alleyways of Berlin.

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'City Of Mirrors' Brings The Passage Trilogy To An Epic End

NPR Books - May 25, 2016 - 3:00am

Justin Cronin's blood-and-thunder tale of a viral vampire apocalypse began in 2010 with The Passage. He brings it to a rousing conclusion in his new book, hitting all the beats fans have waited for.

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In An Alternate 19th Century London, Sins Are Marked With 'Smoke'

NPR Books - May 24, 2016 - 12:32pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Dan Vyleta about his novel, Smoke. It's set in an alternate 19th century London, where the morally corrupt are marked by a smoke that pours from their bodies.

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Fiction: ‘Sweetbitter,’ by Stephanie Danler

New York Times book reviews - May 24, 2016 - 7:31am
A hard-partying woman reinvents herself in the world of New York fine dining.
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Nonfiction: ‘Jane Doe January’ and ‘I Will Find You’

New York Times book reviews - May 24, 2016 - 7:16am
Two women write books piecing together decades-old sexual attacks.
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Bookends: Who Gets to Tell Other People’s Stories?

New York Times book reviews - May 24, 2016 - 7:06am
Anna Holmes and James Parker debate the line between empathy and exploitation.
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Doctor Yearns For Return To Time When Physicians Were 'Artisans'

NPR Books - May 24, 2016 - 5:38am

Dr. Abraham Nussbaum, author of a book examining the drive toward standardized quality measures and checklists, says he fears medicine is becoming just another job and not the calling it should be.

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'Smoke' Is A Gloriously Murky Vision Of The Past

NPR Books - May 24, 2016 - 3:00am

Dan Vyleta's new novel imagines an alternate Victorian England where ill deeds (and even ill thoughts) are made visible by vile black Smoke; it's a marker not just of personal worth but also class.

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Filipino Americans: Blending Cultures, Redefining Race

NPR Books - May 24, 2016 - 12:43am

In his book The Latinos of Asia, Anthony Christian Ocampo explores how Filipino-Americans challenge traditional ideas about race and national identity.

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Susan Silverman On Anxiety, Adoption And Making A Family In An Uncertain World

NPR Books - May 23, 2016 - 10:08am

In Casting Lots, the rabbi and mother of five explains how Judaism helped her come to terms with her anxiety. She says she and her sister, comic Sarah Silverman, are "two sides of the same coin."

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From Duke To The Dead, Ralph J. Gleason Loved It All

NPR Books - May 23, 2016 - 3:00am

Two new volumes of work by the legendary music writer Ralph J. Gleason are out this spring. Though he grew up during the Jazz Age, Gleason loved acts like Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead too.

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Nonfiction: ‘East West Street,’ by Philippe Sands

New York Times book reviews - May 23, 2016 - 1:30am
The story of two ideas about international justice and the men who brought them to life.
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Sherman Alexie On His New Kids' Book And The Angst Of Being A 'Jr.'

NPR Books - May 23, 2016 - 12:30am

Alexie says he always struggled with being named after his dad — so he decided to write a book about it. Thunder Boy Jr. is about a little boy who is eager to have his own name and be his own person.

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