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In New Neapolitan Novel, Fans Seek Clues About Mysterious Author's Past

NPR Books - September 1, 2015 - 12:29pm

Elena Ferrante is the pen name of an anonymous Italian author. Very little is known about her, but Ferrante's books — widely believed to be a thinly veiled autobiography — have achieved cult status.

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A Compelling Plot Gives Way To Farce In Franzen's Purity

NPR Books - September 1, 2015 - 12:29pm

The new novel reveals sharp observations and a great, sprawling story. But critic Roxane Gay says the book gets bogged down with absurdly-drawn characters and misfired critiques of modern life.

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ArtsBeat: Five Poets Receive Lucrative Fellowships

New York Times book reviews - September 1, 2015 - 11:25am
The Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine announced the winners on Tuesday.









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Jonathan Franzen On Writing: It's An 'Escape From Everything'

NPR Books - September 1, 2015 - 9:56am

The author of The Corrections and the new novel Purity likens writing to losing himself in a dream. "When it's really going well ... you're in a fantasy land and feeling no pain," he says.

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Bookends: Is Everyone Qualified to Be a Critic?

New York Times book reviews - September 1, 2015 - 9:41am
Adam Kirsch and Charles McGrath discuss what it takes to pass judgment on the arts.









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ArtsBeat: Carrie Brownstein’s Book Tour to Kick Off in Brooklyn

New York Times book reviews - September 1, 2015 - 9:27am
Carrie Brownstein will be traveling to 11 cities across the United States this fall to promote her memoir, “Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl,” due in October.









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‘The End of Tsarist Russia,’ by Dominic Lieven

New York Times book reviews - September 1, 2015 - 8:16am
A scholar approaches World War I from the standpoint of Russian foreign policy.









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Truth Is Strange And Fiction Is Charming In 'Girl Waits With Gun'

NPR Books - September 1, 2015 - 3:04am

Amy Stewart's new novel is inspired by the real-life tale of the Kopp sisters, three women who faced down a cruel factory owner after he crashed into their buggy and refused to pay restitution.

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‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’ by David Lagercrantz

New York Times book reviews - September 1, 2015 - 1:30am
The novel features artificial intelligence and code breaking and suitably icy bad guys.









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Ruth Bader Ginsburg And Sandra Day O'Connor, 'Sisters In Law'

NPR Books - September 1, 2015 - 1:01am

A new book explains that the women were not personal friends, but they were strong allies on the Supreme Court bench, especially in the legal fight for women's equality.

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‘Did You Ever Have a Family’ by Bill Clegg

New York Times book reviews - September 1, 2015 - 1:00am
In the wake of a tragedy, the affected reckon with complicated pasts.









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Novelist Amy Stewart Turns 1914 Traffic Accident Into 'Girl Waits With Gun'

NPR Books - August 31, 2015 - 1:38am

Steve Inskeep talks to Amy Stewart about her novel Girl Waits With Gun. It's based on the story of a woman who went on to become one of the first female deputy sheriffs in early 20th century America.

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The Glimmering Sheen Of A Wide World Seen From Inside A Bubble

NPR Books - August 30, 2015 - 2:09pm

The teen heroine of Nicola Yoon's debut novel, Everything, Everything, has a disorder that bars her from leaving her house. Still, her world is vast, filled with writings, drawings — and new love.

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Oliver Sacks, Renowned Neurologist And Author, Dies At 82

NPR Books - August 30, 2015 - 4:53am

His book Awakenings, about reviving patients from a catatonic state, was turned into a 1990 film. He also wrote more than a dozen other books, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.

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A Young Woman Goes 'Underground In Berlin' To Escape The Holocaust

NPR Books - August 30, 2015 - 4:19am

Hermann Simon's mother lived as a Jew in Berlin during World War II. Through cunning and disguise, Marie Jalowicz Simon managed to evade the Nazis right under their noses.

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Presenting: The Holy Romance Trinity Of J

NPR Books - August 30, 2015 - 3:03am

Blogger Sarah Wendell usually reads on a Kindle, but she treasures a row of crumbling paperbacks by authors she calls the Holy Romance Trinity of J: Jude Deveraux, Julie Garwood and Judith McNaught.

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