Book Reviews

From 'Dragon Tattoo' To The 'Spider's Web': Stieg Larsson's Heroine Returns

NPR Books - March 31, 2015 - 6:15am

The late novelist's Millennium series is getting an addition, The Girl in the Spider's Web. The book, written by David Lagercrantz, just got its title and a U.S. release date: Sept. 1.

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'Little Washer Of Sorrows' Morphs The Mundane Into The Fantastic

NPR Books - March 31, 2015 - 6:03am

Katherine Fawcett's short story collection is comfortably domestic, full of quiet drama and unfussy detail. Until you read further and discover the mermaids, monsters and lonely planets (literally).

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Bookends: When It Comes to Reading, Is Pleasure Suspect?

New York Times book reviews - March 31, 2015 - 5:00am
Anna Holmes and Benjamin Moser debate whether pleasure in reading is trivial or vital.






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A Ghostly Chorus Narrates 'The World Before Us'

NPR Books - March 31, 2015 - 3:03am

Aislinn Hunter's new novel tells two parallel tales of two young girls — both gone missing in the same place, a century apart. Reviewer Jean Zimmerman says the book's tough truths held her interest.

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‘Becoming Steve Jobs,’ by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli

New York Times book reviews - March 31, 2015 - 1:30am
A portrait of a volatile boy wonder and his path to technological vanguard.






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‘The Contender,’ a Biography of Andrew Cuomo

New York Times book reviews - March 31, 2015 - 1:30am
A biography of Andrew Cuomo shows how he has often defined himself in opposition to the record of his father, Mario.






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'Publicly Shamed:' Who Needs The Pillory When We've Got Twitter?

NPR Books - March 31, 2015 - 12:58am

Host Steve Inskeep explores modern-day humiliation with writer Jon Ronson, whose new book So You've Been Publicly Shamed digs into the lives of people who've been raked over the coals on social media.

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'Wolf Hall' On Stage And TV Means More Makeovers For Henry VIII's 'Pit Bull'

NPR Books - March 31, 2015 - 12:58am

Hilary Mantel's popular novels breathed new life into Thomas Cromwell's legacy. Now, between a play and a miniseries, there seems to be no limit to the blacksmith's son's potential for reinvention.

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Open A Critic's 'Poetry Notebook' And Find The Works That Shaped Him

NPR Books - March 30, 2015 - 11:29am

Clive James was diagnosed with leukemia a few years ago. "There is a grief in all poetry," he writes in his latest book of essays. "Poetry holds itself together, and eventually we ourselves do not."

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How 'One Nation' Didn't Become 'Under God' Until The '50s Religious Revival

NPR Books - March 30, 2015 - 11:29am

Kevin Kruse's book looks at how industrialists in the '30s and '40s recruited clergy to preach free enterprise. And under the Eisenhower administration, Christianity and capitalism moved center stage.

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ArtsBeat: Ready Thyself for an All-Night Philosophy Jam

New York Times book reviews - March 30, 2015 - 8:47am
At “A Night of Philosophy,” more than 60 philosophers will hold forth on knotty problems in logic, ethics, metaphysics and religion






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‘All the Old Knives,’ by Olen Steinhauer

New York Times book reviews - March 30, 2015 - 7:46am
Olen Steinhauer’s thriller takes place, almost entirely, across a restaurant table.






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Hanya Yanagihara’s ‘A Little Life’

New York Times book reviews - March 30, 2015 - 7:33am
In Hanya Yanagihara’s novel, four friends from college grapple with adulthood in New York.






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Searching For Buried Treasure In China, A Writer Discovers Himself

NPR Books - March 29, 2015 - 1:30pm

During the Second Sino-Japanese War, Huan Hsu's great-great-grandfather buried his vast porcelain collection to protect it. Hsu went to find it 70 years later, on a trip about more than missing china.

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Understanding The Dark Side Of Enlightenment On 'Diamond Mountain'

NPR Books - March 29, 2015 - 2:50am

Author Scott Carney's new A Death on Diamond Mountain unravels the complicated paths that led an American Buddhist seeker not to nirvana, but to his death in a cave in the Arizona desert.

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'The Precious One' Has Love At Its Heart

NPR Books - March 29, 2015 - 1:31am

Marisa de los Santos' newest novel follows a young woman returning to her home town to confront her shattered family. Reviewer Bobbi Dumas says it'll remind you that love can change the world.

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'The Precious One' Has Love At Its Heart

NPR Books - March 29, 2015 - 1:31am

Marisa de los Santos' newest novel follows a young woman returning to her home town to confront her shattered family. Reviewer Bobbi Dumas says it'll remind you that love can change the world.

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