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If Robots 'Speak,' Will We Listen? Novel Imagines A Future Changed By AI

July 4, 2015 - 1:04pm

As artificial intelligence alters human connection, Louisa Hall's characters wrestle with whether machines can truly feel. Some "feel they have to stand up for a robot's right to exist," Hall says.

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An Outsider In Buenos Aires Goes Incognito, For Love Of Tango

July 4, 2015 - 5:40am

Carolina de Robertis' new novel God of Tango centers on a 17-year-old widow, recently arrived from Italy with little besides a violin. It's Argentina, 1913 — and a magical new music fills the barrios.

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Decades Of Politics And Partnership In Jimmy Carter's 'Full Life'

July 4, 2015 - 3:52am

Former president Jimmy Carter was one of the youngest ex-presidents ever when he left office in 1981. His new memoir, A Full Life, looks back at his years of public service, in and out of office.

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'Shadowshaper' Paints A Vibrant Picture

July 4, 2015 - 3:03am

Daniel José Older's new young adult novel follows a Brooklyn teenager who discovers her family has a dangerous magical heritage. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar says it's full of music, flavor and color.

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New Nation, New Cuisine: The First Cookbook To Tackle 'American Food'

July 3, 2015 - 3:03am

The first American cookbook, published in 1796, promised local food and a kind of socioculinary equality. But generations later, foodies are still puzzling over how to define "American food."

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Book Review: 'The Uses Of The Body,' Deborah Landau

July 2, 2015 - 12:30pm

Poet Tess Taylor reviews The Uses of the Body by Deborah Landau.

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Get A 'Grip' On This Goofy Noir Sci-Fi Tale

July 2, 2015 - 7:03am

This reissue of Gilbert Hernandez's series starts out noir — a young man with amnesia and a mysterious lipstick trace — but quickly gets weird. Critic Etelka Lehoczky says it's full of "goofy joy."

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