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'Queen Of Crime' PD James Was A Master Of Her Craft

NPR Books - November 27, 2014 - 1:18pm

A remembrance of murder mystery writer PD James, who died Thursday at her home in Oxford, England.

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ArtsBeat: Remembering P. D. James: Times Reviews

New York Times book reviews - November 27, 2014 - 12:52pm
A collection of Times reviews and features on the work of P. D. James.






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For P.D. James, A Good Mystery Celebrated Human Intelligence

NPR Books - November 27, 2014 - 9:12am

The British author of best-selling detective stories has died at age 94. "In a sense, the detective story is a small celebration of reason and order in our very disorderly world," she told NPR.

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British Mystery Novelist P.D. James Dies At 94

NPR Books - November 27, 2014 - 6:00am

The author of such books as The Black Tower was best-known for her series featuring Scotland Yard detective Adam Dalgliesh.

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ArtsBeat: A Letter From Camus to Sartre, Before They Were Enemies

New York Times book reviews - November 26, 2014 - 10:56am
A letter from Albert Camus to Jean-Paul Sartre surfaces, one apparently written in 1951 before they clashed.






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Book News: Despite The Tumult, Ferguson Library Keeps Its Doors Open

NPR Books - November 26, 2014 - 7:13am

Even as public schools in the area closed amid protests, the Ferguson Public Library stayed open for local students and readers. Onlookers have responded with an outpouring of donations.

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North-Of-The-Border Horror In 'Go Down Together'

NPR Books - November 26, 2014 - 4:03am

Cold, dark winter nights are the perfect time to dip into Gemma Files' chilling new story collection, We Will All Go Down Together. Critic Jason Heller praises Files' "ghostly, magical storytelling."

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Literary Landscapes: To Russia, With Tough Love

New York Times book reviews - November 25, 2014 - 2:11pm
Masha Gessen recounts the literary history of Moscow and describes why she’s become disillusioned with the city of her birth.






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Box Of Love Letters Reveals Grandfather Didn't Escape WWII With 'Everyone'

NPR Books - November 25, 2014 - 2:08pm

Years after her grandfather's death, Sarah Wildman discovered letters from a young woman he'd left behind in Vienna in the 1930s. So Wildman set out to find her grandfather's true love.

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Lighten Your Thanksgiving Trek With These Audiobooks, Comedy Albums

NPR Books - November 25, 2014 - 1:28pm

An estimated 46 million Americans will take to the road this Thanksgiving. We survey some of the best recorded comedy and audiobooks so you can laugh away the tension if you're stuck in traffic.

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In 'Redeployment,' Former Marine Explores The Challenges Of Coming Home

NPR Books - November 25, 2014 - 11:39am

Phil Klay served in Iraq from January 2007 to February 2008. He recently won a National Book Award for his collection of short stories.

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Book News: Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Collection Gets A Texas Welcome

NPR Books - November 25, 2014 - 7:09am

The University of Texas, Austin nabbed the rights to preserve and present the late Nobel winner's collected writings. Also: HBO takes on Scientology, and Aretha Franklin decries her new biography.

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Bookends: What Makes the Russian Literature of the 19th Century So Distinctive?

New York Times book reviews - November 25, 2014 - 7:00am
Francine Prose and Benjamin Moser discuss the great Russian writers and their approach to the human heart and soul.






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