Book Reviews

A Personal History Of L.A. Punk: 'It Was A Free-For-All For Outcasts'

NPR Books - May 2, 2016 - 11:15am

John Doe, Exene Cervenka and Dave Alvin of X join Fresh Air to discuss punk's early days. "Anybody could belong to punk that wanted to be there," Cervenka says. "[It] didn't matter how old you were."

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Fiction: Joshua Ferris Reviews Don DeLillo’s ‘Zero K’

New York Times book reviews - May 2, 2016 - 1:30am
In Don DeLillo’s 16th novel, a billionaire hopes to rid the world of death.
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Nonfiction: ‘Alter Egos: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and the Twilight Struggle Over American Power,’ by Mark Landler

New York Times book reviews - May 2, 2016 - 1:30am
A correspondent surveys the relationship between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
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'Becoming Wise' Is A Meditation On Meaning

NPR Books - May 1, 2016 - 1:06pm

On Being host Krista Tippett talks about her new book Becoming Wise, which explores what she has learned from a career discussing faith, science and spirituality.

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From Tahrir To Tiananmen, 'City Squares' Can't Escape Their History

NPR Books - May 1, 2016 - 1:06pm

Governments have tried to erase the evidence of some squares' troubled pasts, but that doesn't mean they've been forgotten. A new book gathers writers' thoughts about famous squares around the world.

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No Pink, But Plenty Of Red, In Hack-N-Slash 'Fairyland'

NPR Books - May 1, 2016 - 6:00am

Skottie Young's comic may horrify (or delight) the parents of princess-obsessed kids. It's the story of a not-so-little girl who's gone a little violent after 27 years trapped in a sparkly fairyland.

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Forget Talent, Success Comes From 'Grit'

NPR Books - May 1, 2016 - 3:55am

Rachel Martin talks with Angela Duckworth, the psychologist who brought the idea of "grit" as a marker of success into the American mainstream. Her book posits that achievement is about persistence.

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Camille Perri Talks Breaking The Rules To Get Ahead In Debut Novel, 'The Assistants'

NPR Books - May 1, 2016 - 3:55am

When the assistant at a multinational corporation skims a tiny fraction of the company's billions, it sets off a chain of unexpected events. Camille Perri tells Rachel Martin about her new novel.

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The Mathematics Of Magic And Loss In 'Square Root Of Summer'

NPR Books - May 1, 2016 - 3:00am

Teenaged math whiz Gottie knows a little too much about subtraction; her fractured family is spinning apart sfter the death of her beloved grandfather — and that's before the time wormholes appear.

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Weeping For All That Is Lost: A Harsh Migration Out Of India

NPR Books - April 30, 2016 - 6:00am

Sunjeev Sahota's new novel follows three men who journey from India to England, looking for a better life. But NPR's Nishant Dahiya says that life turns out to be a complex, and often dangerous one.

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'Imagine Me Gone' Paints Mental Illness Through Five Fictional Voices

NPR Books - April 30, 2016 - 3:50am

NPR's Scott Simon asks Adam Haslett about his latest novel. Haslett says he "needed that imaginary space to investigate" his family history of mental illness.

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DeLillo's 'Zero K' Freezes At The Edge Of Immortality

NPR Books - April 30, 2016 - 3:50am

In Don DeLillo's new novel, a billionaire secretly funds an enterprise aimed at preserving people through cryogenics — a technology he hopes to use to rejoin his already-frozen wife.

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Stars Tell The Story Of This Fairy Tale-Inspired 'Queen'

NPR Books - April 30, 2016 - 3:00am

Roshani Chokshi's smooth and assured debut draws on folk and fairy tales — Bluebeard, Persephone, Beauty and the Beast — for the story of a young girl whose ominous horoscope sends her on a journey.

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Song Of My Self-Help: Follow Walt Whitman's 'Manly Health' Tips (Or Maybe Don't)

NPR Books - April 30, 2016 - 2:49am

In 1858, the poet published a series of advice columns — titled "Manly Health and Training" — in which he recommends wearing a beard, taking a cold bath every morning and avoiding condiments.

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