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John Lahr: By the Book

New York Times book reviews - September 18, 2014 - 6:00am
The author of “Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh” is not a fan of science fiction. “Life on earth is mysterious and terrifying enough.”






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Book News: Fiction Longlist Is Out For The National Book Awards

NPR Books - September 18, 2014 - 3:29am

Also: A Jane Austen Festival sets a new record; Terrance Hayes on winning a MacArthur.

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Calvino's Cosmicomic Collection Treads The Final Frontier: America

NPR Books - September 18, 2014 - 3:03am

Italo Calvino's delightful "cosmicomic" stories have long been scattered — split into separate books and translated in pieces. Now, a collection new to the U.S. is finally bringing them together.

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Jacqueline Woodson On Being A 'Brown Girl' Who Dreams

NPR Books - September 18, 2014 - 1:29am

In her new memoir for young adults, Woodson uses free verse to tell the story of growing up in the 1960s and 1970s. Her work for young readers often touches on themes of race and identity.

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Jacqueline Woodson On Being A 'Brown Girl' Who Dared To Dream

NPR Books - September 18, 2014 - 1:29am

In her new memoir for young adults, Woodson uses free verse to tell the story of growing up in the 1960s and 1970s. Her work for young readers often touches on themes of race and identity.

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ArtsBeat: Fiction Long List Announced for National Book Awards

New York Times book reviews - September 17, 2014 - 3:15pm
Marilynne Robinson, Elizabeth McCracken and Phil Klay are among the writers whose work is on the 2014 fiction long list for the National Book Awards.






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Martin Amis' 'Zone Of Interest' Is An Electrically Powerful Holocaust Novel

NPR Books - September 17, 2014 - 2:03pm

Martin Amis' latest novel, which takes place in Auschwitz, has already stirred up controversy in Europe according to the New York Times. But reviewer Alan Cheuse calls it the triumph of Amis' career.

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MacArthur Fellow Terrance Hayes: Poems Are Music, Language Our Instrument

NPR Books - September 17, 2014 - 12:37pm

Hayes, a professor of writing at the University of Pittsburgh, was recognized for "reflecting on race, gender, and family in works that seamlessly encompass both the historical and the personal."

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As A Lyricist And Novelist, The Mountain Goats' Lead Man Writes About Pain

NPR Books - September 17, 2014 - 9:43am

John Darnielle's novel, Wolf in White Van, is about a man who survives a trauma. The songwriter tells Fresh Air about his difficult childhood and finding shelter in music and the Incredible Hulk.

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