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From Naked Mole Rats To Dog Testicles: A Writer Explores The Longevity Quest

1 hour 44 min ago

"Nature knows how to let animals live a very long time," says Bill Gifford, whose latest book is Spring Chicken, a look at the history of anti-aging schemes and current ways people try to live longer.

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Please Fill In This Form In Triplicate Before You Read 'Utopia Of Rules'

6 hours 5 min ago

In The Utopia of Rules, David Graeber argues that we live in an "age of total bureaucratization." Reviewer Tomas Hachard says in places the book is almost as serpentine as modern bureaucracy.

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It's All Charm and Wolves In 'The Turnip Princess'

9 hours 18 min ago

Once upon a time, a historian went hunting for fairy tales. He found hundreds, but his collection was long thought lost. But now they've been found, and several are reprinted in The Turnip Princess.

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'Darker Shade' Paints A Fantasy World Rich In Depth And Color

February 25, 2015 - 7:03am

V.E. Schwab devotes a chunk of her new novel to developing a compelling vision of an alternate, magical London. But reviewer Tasha Robinson says it's the multilayered characters that make the book.

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The 1970s, Warts (And More Warts) In 'Inner City Romance'

February 25, 2015 - 4:03am

Underground cartoonist Guy Colwell's dyspeptic chronicle of the 1970s captures a decade when idealism was out of style. Reviewer Etelka Lehoczky says Colwell's style is uneven but at times beautiful.

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After His Brother's Suicide, Writer Seeks Comfort In 'All The Wrong Places'

February 24, 2015 - 11:27am

In his new memoir, Philip Connors writes about "living in the shadow of a suicide." Wracked by guilt and haunted by what-ifs, Connors investigated his brother's death and learned a terrible secret.

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After His Brother's Suicide, Writer Seeks Comfort In 'All The Wrong Places'

February 24, 2015 - 11:27am

In his new memoir, Philip Connors writes about "living in the shadow of a suicide." Wracked by guilt and haunted by what-ifs, Connors investigated his brother's death and learned a terrible secret.

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'Lucky Alan' Thumbs Its Nose At Convention

February 24, 2015 - 4:03am

Jonathan Lethem's darkly comic sensibilities are on full display in his slim new story collection, Lucky Alan. Reviewer Michael Schaub says it isn't Lethem's best — but it's still a solid read.

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Family Secrets — And Mango Chutney — In 'Don't Let Him Know'

February 24, 2015 - 12:43am

Longtime Morning Edition commentator Sandip Roy has written a new novel, propelled by family secrets, which crisscrosses back and forth between the two "Cals" in his life: California and Calcutta.

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Family Secrets — And Mango Chutney — In 'Don't Let Him Know'

February 24, 2015 - 12:43am

Longtime Morning Edition commentator Sandip Roy has written a new novel, propelled by family secrets, which crisscrosses back and forth between the two "Cals" in his life: California and Calcutta.

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'After Birth' Author On 'Mommy Wars': 'It Doesn't Have To Be This Way'

February 23, 2015 - 2:53pm

"We are pitted against each other and ultimately, then, are pitted against ourselves," says writer Elisa Albert. Her new novel is about the singular and universal experience of having a baby.

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'After Birth' Author On 'Mommy Wars': 'It Doesn't Have To Be This Way'

February 23, 2015 - 2:53pm

"We are pitted against each other and ultimately, then, are pitted against ourselves," says writer Elisa Albert. Her new novel is about the singular and universal experience of having a baby.

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Book Review: Ross Ritchell's 'The Knife'

February 23, 2015 - 1:53pm

Alan Cheuse reviews Ross Ritchell's new novel, The Knife.

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Book Review: Ross Ritchell's 'The Knife'

February 23, 2015 - 1:53pm

Alan Cheuse reviews Ross Ritchell's new novel, The Knife.

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