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When It Comes To Creativity, Are Two Heads Better Than One?

NPR Books - July 24, 2014 - 12:21pm

Joshua Wolf Shenk says it's time to debunk the myth of the lone genius. His new book explores creative partnerships — and explains how Emily Dickinson wasn't actually as much of a loner as we think.

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'Tigerman' Will Get Its Claws Into You

NPR Books - July 24, 2014 - 12:12pm

Nick Harkaway's new novel mixes up a heady brew of comics, longing, tea, murder, post-colonial guilt and mystical tigers. Reviewer Jason Sheehan says it's "not just good, it's shake-a-granny good."

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'Panic In A Suitcase' Puts A Fresh Spin On A Coming-To-America Story

NPR Books - July 24, 2014 - 10:26am

Yelena Akhtiorskaya's debut novel is about a family that emigrates from Odessa to the Russian enclave of Brighton Beach in Brooklyn, N.Y. It's a funny tale full of insider knowledge and offbeat words.

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Dean Koontz: By the Book

New York Times book reviews - July 24, 2014 - 6:00am
The author, most recently, of “The City” is a fan of Marilynne Robinson and Cormac McCarthy: “Both offer voluptuous yet highly controlled language and profound moral purpose.”






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Book News: Amazon Exec Says Hachette Is Using Authors 'As Human Shields'

NPR Books - July 24, 2014 - 4:18am

Also: President Obama will give the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal to 21 artists, writers, academics and journalists; Katie Crouch on Sylvia Plath.

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Can I Get A Do-Over? Shadow Selves And Second Chances

NPR Books - July 24, 2014 - 3:04am

Get your comic fix this week with Bryan Lee O'Malley's Seconds and The Shadow Hero, by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew. Both books take up the idea of re-writing the past — but in very different ways.

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Cat PDA Vs. Human PDA, And Other Animal Behavior Explained

NPR Books - July 23, 2014 - 10:56am

Veterinarian Vint Virga works with pets and zoo animals on behavior disorders. He talks about how house cats are more fulfilled when they forage for food, and how to show animals affection.

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Book News: Booker Prize, Now Open To U.S. Authors, Longlists 5 Americans

NPR Books - July 23, 2014 - 5:52am

Also: a new short story by Zadie Smith; mermaid mythology.

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'Rocket Girl' Is A Jetpack-Powered 21st Century Angel

NPR Books - July 23, 2014 - 3:03am

Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare's effervescent comic about a flight-suited future teenager is now out in a paperback collection. Reviewer Etelka Lehoczky calls it "a high-spirited, often funny ride."

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Book Review: 'Angels Make Their Hope Here'

NPR Books - July 22, 2014 - 1:47pm

Alan Cheuse reviews Angels Make Their Hope Here, by Breena Clarke.

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How Scientists Created A Typhus Vaccine In A 'Fantastic Laboratory'

NPR Books - July 22, 2014 - 11:33am

Arthur Allen's new book, The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl, describes how a WWII scientist in Poland smuggled the typhus vaccine to Jews — while his team made a weakened version for the Nazis.

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Despite Disability, One Mountain Climber Reflects On His Advantages

NPR Books - July 22, 2014 - 10:02am

Spencer West was born with a genetic disorder that led to both his legs being amputated. West tells host Michel Martin about how he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro using just his hands and arms.

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Bookends: When It Comes to Fiction About National Tragedy, How Soon Is Too Soon?

New York Times book reviews - July 22, 2014 - 6:00am
Daniel Mendelsohn and Anna Holmes discuss whether there is an appropriate amount of time to wait before turning national tragedy or trauma into art.






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Book News: Thomas Berger, Author Of 'Little Big Man,' Dies

NPR Books - July 22, 2014 - 3:29am

Also: A survey suggests that the dispute between Amazon and Hachette may be deterring customers; Harper Lee apparently has questionable taste in coffee.

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London Through The Eyes Of Dickens In 'The Victorian City'

NPR Books - July 22, 2014 - 3:03am

Most of us, when we think of Victorian London, think of the work of Charles Dickens. Historian Judith Flanders' uses Dickens' words to paint a vivid portrait of a vibrant but troubled city.

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London Through The Eyes Of Dickens In 'The Victorian City'

NPR Books - July 22, 2014 - 3:00am

Most of us, when we think of Victorian London, think of the work of Charles Dickens. Historian Judith Flanders' uses Dickens' words to paint a vivid portrait of a vibrant but troubled city.

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