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By the Book: Geoff Dyer: By the Book

New York Times book reviews - 10 hours 8 min ago
The novelist, essayist, critic and author, most recently, of “White Sands” says reading William Finnegan’s “Barbarian Days” made him realize his whole life has been pretty much a waste. “I suspected this anyway.”
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Nonfiction: Ian Frazier Is a Master of the Essay. Here Are Some of His Best.

New York Times book reviews - 11 hours 38 min ago
Frazier approaches the world with curiosity and enthusiasm.
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Roving Eye: French Feminist Pulp That Spares No Pain

New York Times book reviews - 11 hours 38 min ago
Virginie Despentes’s feminist pulp, gory and marked by sexual violence, looks to the lives of women unwilling to make nice or play along.
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Pack These Pages: Three Must-Reads For Summer

NPR Books - June 29, 2016 - 12:28pm

Harriet Logan, owner of Loganberry Books in Shaker Heights, Ohio, recommends a graphic novel about trash, a George Eliot classic and a children's book about a bear pianist.

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'A Hundred Thousand Worlds' Might Be A Few Too Many

NPR Books - June 29, 2016 - 9:45am

Bob Proehl's sprawling novel follows actor Valerie and her son Alex on an epic road trip, punctuated by stops at comic conventions. It's a charming but messy debut that crams in too many ideas.

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'They May Not Mean To, But They Do' Is A Sparkling, Sad Family Affair

NPR Books - June 29, 2016 - 9:13am

Cathleen Schine's new novel explores how one character's physical and mental decline ripples out to affect his whole family. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it a mix of "fun and bad behavior."

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Children’s Books: ‘Alpha, Bravo, Charlie’ and ‘Daytime Visions’

New York Times book reviews - June 29, 2016 - 4:00am
Two new alphabet books are examples of a thriving and increasingly sophisticated genre.
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'The Big Sheep' Plays Hardboiled Sci-Fi To The Hilt

NPR Books - June 29, 2016 - 3:00am

It's not hard to parse the two main influences on Robert Kroese's new novel, The Big Sheep: Philip K. Dick and Raymond Chandler. But Kroese's knack for humor helps elevate their gonzo grimness.

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Nonfiction: The Good, the True, the Beautiful and Chuck Klosterman

New York Times book reviews - June 29, 2016 - 1:30am
Klosterman wonders whether our cherished certainties will look foolish to later generations.
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Fiction: A. B. Yehoshua’s ‘The Extra’ Pits the Secular Against the Ultra-Orthodox

New York Times book reviews - June 29, 2016 - 1:30am
A woman puts her music career on hold and confronts clashing identities in a novel set in Jerusalem.
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In 'Hustling Hitler,' A Jewish Vaudevillian Scams The Third Reich

NPR Books - June 28, 2016 - 12:37pm

It seems everyone has one: the eccentric relative much gossiped about. For Walter Shapiro, it's his great-uncle, Freeman Bernstein. The vaudeville manager, boxing promoter, card shark and stock swindler managed to scam the Third Reich. Shapiro writes about this in his new book, Hustling Hitler.

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'The Innocent Have Nothing To Fear' Echoes Real-Life Republican Race

NPR Books - June 28, 2016 - 12:37pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Stuart Stevens, a former strategist for Mitt Romney, whose new novel, The Innocent Have Nothing to Fear, tells the story of a neck-and-neck Republican primary campaign that ends up at a brokered convention.

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'Nobody Is Immune': Bracing For Zika's First Summer In The U.S.

NPR Books - June 28, 2016 - 9:49am

Author Donald. G. McNeil Jr. predicts that 2016 will be the worst year for Zika transmission in the U.S. "After this year, a fair number of people will be immune, and ... immunity will grow," he says.

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Nonfiction: A Look at America’s Long and Troubled History of White Poverty

New York Times book reviews - June 28, 2016 - 7:04am
The history of white poverty in America takes in race and class, stereotype and exploitation.
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'Icon' Keeps The Shutters Clicking And The Danger Growing

NPR Books - June 28, 2016 - 3:00am

We first met diplomat Suyana Sapaki in Persona; she was a C-lister in a world where statecraft and celebrity are interchangeable. But now she's on the rise — and the stakes are getting higher, too.

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Open Book: Adichie on Mrs. Trump

New York Times book reviews - June 28, 2016 - 1:38am
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie says, “Fiction can remind us . . . that the players in politics are first human beings.”
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‘The Arrangements’: A Work of Fiction

New York Times book reviews - June 28, 2016 - 1:00am
The New York Times Book Review asked the acclaimed novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to write a short story about the American election.
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