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With 'Paper Towns,' Author John Green Reopens Search For Agloe, N.Y.

NPR Books - July 29, 2015 - 12:38pm

Agloe, N.Y., is not a town in any real sense. Instead, it's among a number of fakes that mapmakers planted to foil plagiarists. It inspired John Green to write his book (and now movie) Paper Towns.

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ArtsBeat: Marilynne Robinson and Anne Tyler Among Booker Prize Nominees

New York Times book reviews - July 29, 2015 - 11:50am
There were five American writers among the 13 nominees for the literary award.









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'Booker Dozen' Stirs In A Hefty Batch Of American Authors

NPR Books - July 29, 2015 - 8:28am

Thirteen novels are in the hunt for the Man Booker Prize, the U.K.'s biggest literary award. The Booker is open to Americans for only the second year, and this year's list pits rookies against titans.

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Peace, Love And Realness In A Hip-Hop History

NPR Books - July 29, 2015 - 6:03am

Cartoonist Ed Piskor has just put out the new book in his award-winning Hip Hop Family Tree series. It's an exhaustive, good-natured look at the birth of hip-hop that avoids the pitfall of voyeurism.

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Heartbreakers: Why Some Books Didn't Make The Final Romance List

NPR Books - July 29, 2015 - 3:03am

Not every submission to our big romance poll made it onto the list. Some books, while classics, have not aged well, some books were too new to judge, and some were lacking the crucial happy ending.

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Happy Ever After: 100 Swoon-Worthy Romances

NPR Books - July 29, 2015 - 3:03am

It's the NPR Books Summer of Love, so to celebrate, we asked our readers to nominate their favorite romances. And the results are in: 100 love stories to help every reader find a happy ever after.

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‘The Dying Grass,’ by William T. Vollmann

New York Times book reviews - July 29, 2015 - 1:00am
William T. Vollmann’s novel looks to the 1870s as westward expansion ignites the Nez Percé War.









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A Sense Of Self: What Happens When Your Brain Says You Don't Exist

NPR Books - July 28, 2015 - 9:17am

In his new book, The Man Who Wasn't There, Anil Ananthaswamy examines the ways people think of themselves — and how those perceptions can be distorted by certain brain conditions.

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An Airborne Adventurer's Journey In 'Circling The Sun'

NPR Books - July 28, 2015 - 6:03am

The author of The Paris Wife is back with another novelized memoir, this time of pioneering aviator (and all-around adventurer) Beryl Markham, the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean east to west.

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Bookends: Who Should Be Kicked Out of the Canon?

New York Times book reviews - July 28, 2015 - 4:00am
James Parker and Francine Prose discuss which writers should be ejected from the literary canon.









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'Crooked' Nixon Knew: There Are Worse Things Than Nukes

NPR Books - July 28, 2015 - 3:03am

Austin Grossman's new novel is half Lovecraftian horror, half thoughtful character study of a President Nixon who's in charge of an alternate America built not on democracy, but on dark magic.

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‘The Conservative Heart,’ by Arthur C. Brooks

New York Times book reviews - July 28, 2015 - 1:00am
Arthur C. Brooks says Republicans should revise their rhetoric and speak in moral terms.









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‘Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War,’ by Susan Southard

New York Times book reviews - July 28, 2015 - 1:00am
What happened in Nagasaki after the second atomic bomb.









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‘The Complete Stories,’ by Clarice Lispector

New York Times book reviews - July 27, 2015 - 1:00am
Clarice Lispector’s “Complete Stories” is proof that she was one of the true originals of Latin American literature.









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‘Let Me Tell You,’ by Shirley Jackson

New York Times book reviews - July 27, 2015 - 1:00am
A new collection of work by Shirley Jackson includes short stories, humorous bits of family memoir, and essays and talks, many of them in print for the first time.









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