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'Busted' Blurs The Line Between Good And Bad Philadelphia Police

NPR Books - 13 hours 16 min ago

A tip from an informant helped two reporters discover what they call rampant corruption within Philadelphia's police department. Their award-winning reporting is the subject of the book Busted.

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Larry McMurtry: By the Book

New York Times book reviews - 15 hours 55 min ago
The author, most recently, of “The Last Kind Words Saloon” says that meth-heads are the worst part of being a bookseller. “Anyone can walk into our bookstore in the age of meth — it’s a constant worry.”






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Book News: Co-Author Of Book On How Not To Be Gored By A Bull Gets Gored

NPR Books - 17 hours 1 min ago

Also: Police arrest a man in connection with an attack on author Colum McCann; Ted Scheinman asks his favorite writers what they do about writer's block.

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An 'Unexpected' Treat For Octavia E. Butler Fans

NPR Books - 18 hours 52 min ago

When sci-fi legend Octavia E. Butler died in 2006, fans mourned the loss of works she could have written. Now, two unpublished stories are being released after a scholar found them among her papers.

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In Dispute With Hachette, Amazon Aims New Volley At Authors

NPR Books - July 9, 2014 - 12:11pm

Amazon fired the latest salvo in its ongoing dispute with the publisher Hachette over e-book rates, suggesting authors get all of the revenue from e-book sales. Hachette was measured in its response.

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In Dispute With Hachette, Amazone Aims New Volley At Authors

NPR Books - July 9, 2014 - 12:11pm

Amazon fired the latest salvo in its ongoing dispute with the publisher Hachette over e-book rates, suggesting authors get all of the revenue from e-book sales. Hachette was measured in its response, but many writers continue to criticize Amazon.

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Book News: Amazon Makes Direct Offer To Hachette Authors

NPR Books - July 9, 2014 - 4:01am

Also: the CIA style manual; Nancy Andreasen on the origins of creativity.

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With A Good Twist Or Two, This Haunted 'House' Adds Plenty Of Stories

NPR Books - July 9, 2014 - 3:03am

Forget for a moment the spooky, restless dead. In Rebecca Makkai's inventive novel The Hundred-Year House, the ghost is just one of the many residents looking for new lives — and finding them.

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In 'Little Engine That Could,' Some See An Early Feminist Hero

NPR Books - July 8, 2014 - 12:13pm

Was "I think I can" the grandmother of "lean in?" Some readers see the plucky locomotive as a parable about working women, but in some versions of the story the protagonist was male.

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Book Review: 'Shooting Star'

NPR Books - July 8, 2014 - 12:12pm

Alan Cheuse reviews the first English-language version of Shooting Star, by Sergio Elizondo.

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Bookends: Is There Anything You Did as a Writer Starting Out That You Now Regret?

New York Times book reviews - July 8, 2014 - 6:00am
Anna Holmes and Leslie Jamison discuss mistakes they made when starting out.






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Book News: J.K. Rowling Writes A New 'Harry Potter' Story

NPR Books - July 8, 2014 - 3:22am

Also: A first edition of Marx's Das Kapital has sold for $40,000; Katie Roiphe asks what would have happened if My Struggle were written by a woman.

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Balancing Signal And Noise In 'Landline'

NPR Books - July 8, 2014 - 3:03am

Rainbow Rowell's new adult novel follows a successful sitcom writer struggling to balance work and family — and to patch up her struggling marriage with the aid of a semi-magical old landline phone.

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For One Crime Writer, Peaceful Shetland Is A Perfect Place For Murder

NPR Books - July 7, 2014 - 11:33pm

Despite the lack of real-life crime on the Scottish islands, author Ann Cleeves has found plenty of inspiration there. "I love the idea of long, low horizons with secrets hidden underneath," she says.

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Post-Apocalyptic World Falls Flat In 'California'

NPR Books - July 7, 2014 - 1:16pm

California tells the story of a couple who, when they learn they are having a baby, leave their solitary refuge in a forest for a Utopian community in post-apocalyptic America.

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