Book Reviews

Novelist Richard Russo: 'I Find Myself Now ... Having Lived The American Dream'

NPR Books - May 5, 2016 - 12:31am

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author says his blue-collar grandfather would have been astonished by the life Russo leads. His new book, Everybody's Fool, is a sequel to 1993's Nobody's Fool.

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Letters to the Editor

New York Times book reviews - May 4, 2016 - 1:13pm
Readers respond to recent reviews of Charles Bock’s “Alice & Oliver,” Stevie Smith’s poems and more.
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'Heat & Light' Digs For The Soul Of Coal Country

NPR Books - May 4, 2016 - 12:34pm

Jennifer Haigh grew up in small town Pennsylvania, where jobs disappeared when coal mines closed. Her new novel explores the changes that mining — and now fracking — has brought to nearby communities.

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To Play Sports Under Taliban Rule, 'Different Kind Of Daughter' Dressed As A Boy

NPR Books - May 4, 2016 - 9:16am

Growing up in the tribal region of Pakistan, Maria Toorpakai pretended she was a boy in order to compete as a weightlifter. Later she became an internationally known squash player.

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'Where's Warhol?' Turns The Waldo Concept Into A Work Of Art

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

High art is highly entertaining in this grown-up goof on the Where's Waldo? books. Readers hunt down a tiny Andy Warhol against a series of elaborately detailed art and culture-themed backgrounds.

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Children’s Books: ‘I Am Pan!’ by Mordicai Gerstein

New York Times book reviews - May 4, 2016 - 4:00am
A new book from the Caldecott Medalist Mordicai Gerstein stars the boisterous Pan, that most un-godlike of ancient Greek gods.
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Unquiet Minds Make Absorbing Reading In 'Imagine Me Gone'

NPR Books - May 4, 2016 - 3:00am

Adam Haslett's new novel focuses on a family tormented by father-and-son battles with chronic depression and anxiety. He captures the lasting reverberations of suicide with precision and tenderness.

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Author’s Note: Also Known As

New York Times book reviews - May 4, 2016 - 1:30am
My nom de plume protects me from enemies as numerous as they are mysterious.
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Nonfiction: ‘Grit,’ by Angela Duckworth

New York Times book reviews - May 4, 2016 - 1:30am
A new approach to success: Passion and perseverance are more important than talent.
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'Neither Snow Nor Rain' Celebrates History Of U.S. Postal Service

NPR Books - May 3, 2016 - 12:25pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with author Devin Leonard whose new book, Neither Snow Nor Rain, celebrates the history of the U.S. Postal Service.

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'The Chimes' Is A Post-Apocalyptic Hymn To The Power Of Memory

NPR Books - May 3, 2016 - 3:04am

Violinist and author Anna Smaill's musical training shows through in her debut novel. The Chimes is set in a post-apocalyptic London where a mysterious order controls the population via music.

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Fiction: T. C. Boyle Reviews Richard Russo’s ‘Everybody’s Fool’

New York Times book reviews - May 3, 2016 - 1:30am
The sequel to “Nobody’s Fool” takes readers back to a small town and its outsize personalities.
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Nonfiction: Matti Friedman’s ‘Pumpkinflowers’

New York Times book reviews - May 3, 2016 - 1:30am
On guard with the Israeli Army in southern Lebanon.
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'Missing Man' Examines Ex-FBI Agent Robert Levinson's Mission To Iran

NPR Books - May 3, 2016 - 1:15am

Steve Inskeep talks to New York Times reporter Barry Meier about his investigation into Robert Levinson's disappearance, chronicled in his book Missing Man: The American Spy Who Vanished in Iran.

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