Book Reviews

David Orr’s 10 Favorite Poetry Books of 2014

New York Times book reviews - 7 hours 35 min ago
Books by Louise Glück, Fanny Howe, Christian Wiman and others.






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ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Disappearing Religions

New York Times book reviews - 8 hours 19 min ago
Gerard Russell talks about “Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms,” and Phil Zuckerman discusses “Living the Secular Life.”






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Book News: George R.R. Martin Rails Against Sony's 'Corporate Cowardice'

NPR Books - 9 hours 31 min ago

The Game of Thrones author has blasted the studio for canceling its release of The Interview, offering to screen the film himself at his own movie theater.

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Beyond The Bird On It: 'Twee Is About Shopping'

NPR Books - 15 hours 24 min ago

Cutesy, homespun goods that combine old-fashioned and modern aesthetics are proliferating. But don't be mistaken: There's a powerful economic force behind it all, says author Marc Spitz.

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Smashing Snow Globes: A Writer On Essays, Novels And Translation

NPR Books - December 21, 2014 - 4:00pm

Valeria Luiselli, who was born in Mexico City and lives now in Harlem, released two slim, multinational books this year: the essay collection Sidewalks and her time-jumping novel Faces in the Crowd.

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How Tinseltown Got Tipsy: A Boozy Taste Of Hollywood History

NPR Books - December 20, 2014 - 2:16pm

Mark Bailey, who detailed old Hollywood's legendary love affair with liquor in his book Of All the Gin Joints, shares stories from a bygone era over cocktails at a legendary Hollywood bar.

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Bridwell Created A Big Red Dog That Grew With Readers' Love

NPR Books - December 20, 2014 - 4:33am

Norman Bridwell, the beloved creator of the classic children's book character, Clifford the Big Red Dog, died last week. NPR's Scott Simon remembers the author.

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A Literate London Cabbie's Favorite Books For 2014

NPR Books - December 20, 2014 - 4:33am

Every year, well-read London cabbie Will Grozier joins NPR's Scott Simon to talk books. In 2014, he recommends the writing of a fellow taxi driver, and a new take on World War I.

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Gentlefolk All, Survive Your Holidays With Help From Chaucer

NPR Books - December 20, 2014 - 4:03am

Who better to help you through the stresses and strains of a modern Christmas than a 14th-century English poet? Yes, Geoffrey Chaucer is online now, and he's here for all your holiday advice needs.

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Antarctic Holiday: A Christmas Feast In The Loneliest Spot On Earth

NPR Books - December 20, 2014 - 2:16am

For Dr. Gavin Francis, Christmas Eve marked the start of a year-long stay in an icy research base 8,700 miles from home. In this "empire of ice and isolation," he says, food is essential to morale.

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'Rum, Rumba, And Romance': A Book On Cuba's Enduring Mystique

NPR Books - December 19, 2014 - 3:33pm

This week, President Obama announced that he will begin to normalize relations with Cuba. Cuban-American writer Richard Blanco recommends a book about Cuba's imprint on the American imagination.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of December 18, 2014

NPR Books - December 19, 2014 - 1:03pm

In Brain On Fire, Susannah Cahalan shares her experience of being hospitalized for one horrific month because of a rare disease. It appears at No. 12.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of December 18, 2014

NPR Books - December 19, 2014 - 1:03pm

Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend follows friends Elena and Lila as they grow up in mid-century Naples, Italy. It appears at No. 13.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of December 18, 2014

NPR Books - December 19, 2014 - 1:03pm

Walter Isaacson tells the stories of the people who helped create modern computers in The Innovators. It appears at No. 13.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of December 18, 2014

NPR Books - December 19, 2014 - 1:03pm

Anita Diamant's The Boston Girl tells the story of a Jewish girl born in 1900 to immigrant parents in Boston. It debuts at No. 9.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of December 18, 2014

NPR Books - December 19, 2014 - 1:03pm

The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.

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