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After Father's Death, A Writer Learns How 'The Japanese Say Goodbye'

NPR Books - January 27, 2015 - 1:34pm

Lost in a deep depression, Marie Mutsuki Mockett visited a temple owned by her mother's family near Fukushima. There, she found traditions and ways of thought that helped her work through her grief.

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ArtsBeat: Snowed In? Here’s What to Watch, Read or Listen To

New York Times book reviews - January 27, 2015 - 10:55am
Streaming TV, movies, music and books to help you through a winter storm.






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Bookends: Is Being a Writer a Job or a Calling?

New York Times book reviews - January 27, 2015 - 7:00am
Benjamin Moser and Dana Stevens discuss whether being a writer is just a job or a loftier ambition.






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'Mr. Mac' Paints Flowers In A Darkening World

NPR Books - January 27, 2015 - 4:03am

Esther Freud's new novel Mr. Mac and Me traces an unlikely friendship between a lonely boy and a struggling artist. Reviewer Heller McAlpin says the book has both technical prowess and grace.

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ArtsBeat: Strong Sales for ‘Hedwig’ on Broadway

New York Times book reviews - January 26, 2015 - 1:19pm
John Cameron Mitchell returned to the role he created in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” sparking strong sales. “Honeymoon in Vegas” saw modest sales after strong reviews.
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'Ghettoside' Explores Why Murders Are Invisible In Los Angeles

NPR Books - January 26, 2015 - 10:14am

In her new book, journalist Jill Leovy studies the epidemic of unsolved murders in African-American neighborhoods and the relationships between police and victims' relatives, witnesses and suspects.

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These 13 'Almost Famous Women' Stirred Up Trouble, Or Trouble Found Them

NPR Books - January 26, 2015 - 10:14am

Megan Mayhew Bergman's stories about historical women are littered with bad-girl paraphernalia, like smashed-up motorcycles and morphine needles. In this collection, their lives are richly imagined.

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In 'Fatherland,' A Daughter Outlines Her Dad's Radicalization

NPR Books - January 25, 2015 - 2:12pm

Falling in love with your handsome pen pal, moving overseas to marry him, then finding out he's part of a terrorist organization: That's the Bunjevac family story, told in a new graphic memoir.

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In Winter, Keeping Warm With Beloved Books

NPR Books - January 25, 2015 - 4:03am

Critic Juan Vidal says winter is a time for turning inward and warding off the chill with your favorite books, the ones you return to over and over again when the days get shorter and snow closes in.

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For A Taste Of Grimdark, Visit The 'Land Fit For Heroes'

NPR Books - January 25, 2015 - 4:03am

Richard K. Morgan's epic sword-and-planet (and alien technology) Land Fit for Heroes series is a good introduction to grimdark, a subgenre that aims to show the gritty underside of fantasy fiction.

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