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From Alaska To The Himalayas, 'Voyager' Embarks On Self-Discovery

May 28, 2016 - 4:03am

NPR's Scott Simon talks with writer Russell Banks about his new book, "Voyager." It's a collection of travel writing that also reads like a memoir.

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'Sweetbitter' Sings With Innocence And Experience

May 28, 2016 - 3:00am

Stephanie Danler's new novel follows a young woman finding herself in the New York City restaurant world. It's voluptuous, ripeness on the verge of rot — but anything more tasteful wouldn't do.

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Chef Eddie Huang On Cultural Identity And 'Intestine Sticky Rice Hot Dog'

May 27, 2016 - 9:13am

Huang and his brothers, Evan and Emery, headed to China to reconnect with their culture, to eat lots and lots of food — and to cook. He's documented his travels in his new book, Double Cup Love.

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'Too Tough To Die,' Cass Neary Cuts A Jagged Path Through Crime Fiction

May 26, 2016 - 3:00am

This week, the NPR Books Time Machine is rewinding Elizabeth Hand's gritty, punk-inflected Cass Neary mystery series. "Scary Neary" is an aging rocker with addiction issues and a talent for trouble.

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In 'Porcelain,' Moby Searches For Validation And Finds Unlikely Success

May 26, 2016 - 12:36am

The electronic musician's new memoir traces his journey from Connecticut suburbs to New York City raves. It's a tale of dance clubs, DJs and Manhattan in the 1990s full of self-deprecating humor.

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