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Should Ray Rice Get A Second Chance? 'Maybe,' Parcells Says

NPR Books - 10 hours 40 min ago

In part two of David Greene's conversation with Bill Parcells, the football coach talks about how he dealt with players' drug use and about redemption for the former Baltimore Ravens running back.

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From Laundering To Profiteering, A Multitude Of Sins At The Vatican Bank

NPR Books - 10 hours 41 min ago

In God's Bankers Gerald Posner explores the history of money, power and the church. During World War II, he says, the Vatican made money off of the life insurance policies of Jews sent to death camps.

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The Gift Of Eternal Shelf Life: 'Tuck Everlasting' Turns 40

NPR Books - January 29, 2015 - 3:11pm

In Natalie Babbitt's celebrated classic, a young girl stumbles upon a secret spring and the family the spring has given eternal life to. Babbitt says she wrote the book to help kids understand death.

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In 'Outline,' A Series Of Conversations Are Autobiographies In Miniature

NPR Books - January 29, 2015 - 11:21am

Rachel Cusk's novel centers on a writer and mother recovering from divorce who teaches a summer course in Athens, Greece. The narrator has 10 conversations filled with holes, lies and self-deceptions.

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Editor Picks Religions For The First Norton Anthology of World Religions

NPR Books - January 29, 2015 - 10:39am

The anthology includes ancient and contemporary interpretations of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Daoism. Editor Jack Miles discusses primary texts, extremism and death.

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Low-Key, Real-Life Heroism In 'March: Book Two'

NPR Books - January 29, 2015 - 7:03am

Rep. John Lewis continues his graphic memoir series about the civil rights movement in March: Book Two. He isn't afraid to humble the famous and focus on those whom history often overlooks.

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A Haunting, Victorian-Inflected Dystopia In 'The Mime Order'

NPR Books - January 29, 2015 - 4:03am

Samantha Shannon's richly detailed follow-up to The Bone Season picks up with clairvoyant heroine Paige on the run after leading a revolt against the alien oppressors of her far-future England.

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Parcells' Book Details Highs And Lows Of His NFL Coaching Career

NPR Books - January 29, 2015 - 2:03am

Bill Parcells recently recounted his life and career in a memoir, Parcells: A Football Life. David Greene sits down with Parcells to talk about his legacy, and the challenges the league faces today.

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'Little House,' Big Demand: Never Underestimate Laura Ingalls Wilder

NPR Books - January 28, 2015 - 2:35pm

Wilder's memoir reveals that she witnessed more violence than you'd ever know from her children's books. The South Dakota State Historical Society can barely keep up with demand for the autobiography.

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Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

NPR Books - January 28, 2015 - 11:03am

New research shows that teenagers' brains aren't fully insulated, so the signals travel slowly when they need to make decisions. Neuroscientist Frances Jensen, who wrote The Teenage Brain, explains.

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ArtsBeat: Snowed In? Here’s What to Watch, Read or Listen To

New York Times book reviews - January 28, 2015 - 10:59am
Streaming TV, movies, music and books to help you through a winter storm.






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By the Book: Kelly Link: By the Book

New York Times book reviews - January 28, 2015 - 7:00am
The author, most recently, of “Get in Trouble” asks: “Why is the prospect of hosting a dinner party for much-admired living writers so much more terrifying than the idea of hosting the dead?”






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'How To Grow Up' Needs To Grow Up

NPR Books - January 28, 2015 - 4:03am

Poet, novelist, memoirist and queer icon Michelle Tea makes a rare misstep in How to Grow Up, an essay collection that reviewer Michael Schaub calls "a well-intentioned, exasperating mess of a book."

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After Father's Death, A Writer Learns How 'The Japanese Say Goodbye'

NPR Books - January 27, 2015 - 1:34pm

Lost in a deep depression, Marie Mutsuki Mockett visited a temple owned by her mother's family near Fukushima. There, she found traditions and ways of thought that helped her work through her grief.

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Bookends: Is Being a Writer a Job or a Calling?

New York Times book reviews - January 27, 2015 - 7:00am
Benjamin Moser and Dana Stevens discuss whether being a writer is just a job or a loftier ambition.






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ArtsBeat: Strong Sales for ‘Hedwig’ on Broadway

New York Times book reviews - January 26, 2015 - 1:19pm
John Cameron Mitchell returned to the role he created in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” sparking strong sales. “Honeymoon in Vegas” saw modest sales after strong reviews.
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