Book Reviews

Weekend Edition's Scott Simon Will Take A Leave Of Absence

NPR Books - February 6, 2016 - 5:25am

Scott Simon announces a leave of absence to collaborate on a book with Tony Bennett.

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Man Booker Prize Awardee Recasts Complex 'Merchant of Venice' Character

NPR Books - February 6, 2016 - 5:25am

In "Shylock Is My Name," Howard Jacobson re-imagines one of Shakespeare's most thought-provoking characters. Scott Simon asks Jacobson about it.

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Profane And Pornographic, Irvine Welsh's Latest Plumbs A New Kind Of Emptiness

NPR Books - February 6, 2016 - 4:00am

A Decent Ride brings back many of Welsh's beloved characters with their ribald humor and Scottish vernacular, but now they must address a new challenge: aging.

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Chris Offutt Reveals A Family Secret In 'My Father, The Pornographer'

NPR Books - February 5, 2016 - 10:53am

Offutt's late father went from running a small insurance agency to writing more than 400 books, mostly pornography. Originally broadcast March 2, 2015.

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Confronting Loss While Scaling 'The High Mountains Of Portugal'

NPR Books - February 5, 2016 - 4:00am

Yann Martel, author of The Life of Pi, conjures up three stories grounded in grief and magical realism in his latest novel.

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In Baby's 'First Bite,' A Chance To Shape A Child's Taste

NPR Books - February 4, 2016 - 9:56am

Bee Wilson's new book, First Bite, examines how genetics, culture, memory and early feeding patterns influence the palate. She says babies are most open to new flavors between ages 4 and 7 months.

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Scouring Brazil For A Celebrated Novelist

NPR Books - February 4, 2016 - 4:00am

When a renowned Brazilian writer mysteriously vanishes in Idra Novey's novel Ways to Disappear, her children and an American translator work to uncover the reason behind the writer's disappearance.

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Peggy Noonan: By the Book

New York Times book reviews - December 17, 2015 - 4:30am
The author, most recently, of “The Time of Our Lives” isn’t impressed with recent books by presidential contenders: “They were mostly unreal and insincere.”









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Children’s Books: A Place to Learn

New York Times book reviews - December 16, 2015 - 1:26pm
A picture book offers a look at a home-schooling family’s day.









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‘Memory Theater,’ by Simon Critchley

New York Times book reviews - December 16, 2015 - 11:25am
Critchley imagines a structure for memories in a novel filled with philosophy references.









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The Novel’s Evil Tongue

New York Times book reviews - December 16, 2015 - 9:29am
To live without gossip is to scorn storytelling, and thus literature.









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Ivory Tower: All Things Being Unequal

New York Times book reviews - December 15, 2015 - 2:30am
New books ask whether economic inequality is the real problem — or whether our preoccupation with it distracts us from more fundamental issues.









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Author’s Note: The King and I

New York Times book reviews - December 14, 2015 - 2:31pm
If literary fiction is Brooklyn, the historical novel is Queens.









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