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Where Love's Concerned, This 'Magic Barrel' Is No Magic Bullet

13 hours 39 min ago

Anya Ulinich's new graphic novel is inspired by Bernard Malamud's "The Barrel" — both star choosy loners looking for love. But Malamud's swoony violins and lit candles don't apply to Lena Finkle.

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Book News: George W. Bush Coming Out With Biography Of His Father

16 hours 26 min ago

Also: a novel by Oscar Hijuelos will be published posthumously; Stephen Marche on the inevitability of literary failure.

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This 'Suitcase' Is Packed With Sharp, Funny, Tragic Tales

16 hours 39 min ago

Yelena Akhtiorskaya's debut is a funny, sometimes heartbreaking, uniquely American chronicle of a family of Soviet immigrants who have transplanted a bit of their home to Brooklyn's Brighton Beach.

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Want To See The World? Try A Library In Queens

July 30, 2014 - 7:13am

One of the nation's most diverse counties boasts a library system befitting the distinction. Since launching a program for immigrants, it's worked to keep pace with the borough's changing population.

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Book News: PEN Award Winners Include Poet Frank Bidart, Ron Childress

July 30, 2014 - 5:44am

Also: Rand Paul plans to come out with a book in 2015; Jesse Ventura was awarded almost $2 million in a defamation suit.

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Pop-Up Books Make Environmental Science Easy-Peasy For Kids

July 30, 2014 - 4:04am

Author Christiane Dorion distills complex scientific concepts into bite-sized explanations. "You can teach anything to children if you pitch it at the right level and use the right words," she says.

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An Unconventional Family On The Road To Happiness In 'Lucky Us'

July 30, 2014 - 3:03am

Amy Bloom's new novel follows two half-sisters from a disastrous stint in 1920s Hollywood, to happiness with an unexpected, impromptu family group in the disruptive years around World War II.

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Out Of Ukraine, This 'Suitcase' Packs An Immigrant's Story With Humor

July 29, 2014 - 12:09pm

Ari Shapiro talks with first-time novelist Yelena Akhtiorskaya about her book, Panic in a Suitcase.

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In 'Blue Eyed Boy,' Author Reveals Long Recovery From Facial Burns

July 29, 2014 - 10:01am

Robert Timberg, who was disfigured by a land mine as a Marine in Vietnam, went on to become a successful journalist. His new memoir Blue Eyed Boy charts his struggle to recover from his wounds.

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'Ride Around Shining' Reimagines Gatsby's Nouveau-Riche Excess

July 29, 2014 - 10:01am

Chris Leslie-Hynan's debut novel follows a white grad student who's a chauffeur to a black basketball player. It references The Great Gatsby often with fresh takes on race, manhood and meritocracy.

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Do You Dare To Venture Through These Tangled 'Woods'?

July 29, 2014 - 7:10am

Graphic novelist Emily Carroll's gorgeous new collection of horror stories entwines words and pictures to deliver delicious, twisted-fairy-tale chills. Strange things come and go in these woods.

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Book News: Louise Shivers, Author Of 'Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail,' Dies

July 29, 2014 - 3:35am

Also: Linda Gregerson has a new poem in The New Yorker; allegations of sexual harassment at the country's biggest comic book convention.

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Crime Writer Creates A Hero For Her Beloved, Much-Maligned South LA

July 29, 2014 - 12:55am

In her new book, Rachel Howzell Hall introduces Elouise "Lou" Norton, a fiercely ambitious homicide detective who patrols the same Los Angeles streets that she — and Hall — grew up on.

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In 'Ghost Month,' A Murder-Mystery Tour Of Taipei

July 29, 2014 - 12:55am

In Taiwan, August is the month ghosts return from the afterlife. Linda Wertheimer talks to author Ed Lin about his mystery Ghost Month, set largely in the night markets and food stalls of Taipei.

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Book Review: 'A Replacement Life'

July 28, 2014 - 12:09pm

Alan Cheuse reviews A Replacement Life, Boris Fishman's humorous account of Holocaust survivors in today's New York.

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Tales Of Migration Explore Modern-Day Odysseys And 'Hyphenated Identities'

July 28, 2014 - 12:09pm

The transition from one part of the world to another is filled with anticipation, conflict and drama. These trips can herald life-changing transformations for families seeking out better lives.

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