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A Vivid Portrait Of Tudor Turmoil In 'Lamentation'

7 hours 36 min ago

The sixth volume of C.J. Sansom's Shardlake mysteries is set during the last days of England's King Henry VIII, as a potentially explosive religious manuscript written by his queen has gone missing.

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Ishiguro's 'Buried Giant' Gets Lost In Its Own Fog

10 hours 36 min ago

Kazuo Ishiguro's latest novel is set in a mythical Arthurian England. But though the premise was promising, the book is too vague to make much of an impact.

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Prepare For 'The End Of College': Here's What Free Higher Ed Looks Like

March 3, 2015 - 11:09am

In his new book, Kevin Carey envisions a future in which online education programs solve two of colleges' biggest problems: costs and admissions.

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'Welcome To Braggsville' Isn't Quite 'Invisible Man,' But It's Close

March 3, 2015 - 11:09am

T. Geronimo Johnson's latest follows four Berkeley students who take an American history class that leads to disaster. It's an ambitious book about race that wants to say something big about America.

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'The Devil's Detective' Is A Grim Tour Through A Noirish Hell

March 3, 2015 - 7:03am

Hell is actually a bureaucracy in Simon Kurt Unsworth's debut novel. Reviewer Jason Heller says the tale of a demonic murder investigation starts strong but gets mired in the details of infernal life.

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A Life Examined — And Examined And Examined In 'Ongoingness'

March 3, 2015 - 4:03am

Writer Sarah Manguso has been a compulsive diarist since childhood; her new memoir documents the ways motherhood has changed her writing. Critic Heller McAlpin says it's full of lovely observations.

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Ever Cheat At Monopoly? So Did Its Creator: He Stole The Idea From A Woman

March 3, 2015 - 12:36am

The game Charles Darrow sold in the 1930s bore a striking resemblance to a game Lizzie Magie patented in 1904. In The Monopolists, Mary Pilon tells Monopoly's origin story.

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Chris Offutt Reveals A Family Secret In 'My Father, The Pornographer'

March 2, 2015 - 10:17am

Offutt's late father went from running a small insurance agency to writing more than 400 books, mostly pornography. The writer tells Fresh Air his dad believed he would be "extremely famous" for it.

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'Beholder' Has An Eye For The Absurd, And A Smirk Beneath Its Beard

March 2, 2015 - 7:03am

Francis Falbo, sad sack hero of Know Your Beholder, hasn't shaved in weeks. His wife's left him, his mom's died, his band's fallen apart. Good thing his author, Adam Rapp, has kept his sense of humor.

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'The Sellout' Is A Scorchingly Funny Satire On 'Post-Racial' America

March 2, 2015 - 4:03am

Paul Beatty takes no prisoners in this tale of two men trying to save their dying town through provocative moves like reinstituting segregation. Critic Michael Schaub calls it a comic masterpiece.

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For An Author In India's Capital, 'Hope, In Many Ways, Is Fiction'

March 1, 2015 - 2:19pm

In his novel She Will Build Him a City, Raj Kamal Jha weaves the reality he sees as a journalist in New Delhi — where many gravitate looking for a better future — into a fictional, magical world.

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Robert Christgau Reviews His Own Life

March 1, 2015 - 2:19pm

One of rock music's most loved, feared and prolific scribes, the 72-year-old Christgau says he knew early on that he liked criticism better than journalism: "I didn't want to get into people's faces."

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