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Book News: Roxane Gay's Got A Brand-New Bag — The Butter

October 1, 2014 - 5:00am

The author is topping her big year with The Butter, a new sister site to The Toast that she'll helm starting in mid-October. Also: Kei Miller wins the Forward Prize, and Wolf Hall goes Broadway.

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Book Review: 'Once In The West'

September 30, 2014 - 12:08pm

Tess Taylor reviews Christian Wiman's new collection of poems, "Once in the West."

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'How To Cook Everything Fast'? Bittman Says Skip The Prep

September 30, 2014 - 12:08pm

Rachel Martin talks to food writer Mark Bittman about his new cookbook, "How to Cook Everything Fast," which thumbs its nose at the French tradition of having ingredients prepped before you cook.

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'All The Truth Is Out' Examines How Political Journalism Went Tabloid

September 30, 2014 - 9:21am

Matt Bai says that while voters have always cared about candidates' characters, some news used to be off limits. His new book looks at Gary Hart's 1987 affair that destroyed his political ambitions.

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Book News: First-Ever Kirkus Prize Picks 18 Finalists

September 30, 2014 - 3:16am

Kirkus Reviews has been around, in varying forms, for over 80 years — but it's the new kid in town this awards season. Today, the publication announced the finalists for its inaugural Kirkus Prize.

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In A Desolate Montana, 'The Ploughmen' Unearths Dark Truths

September 30, 2014 - 3:03am

Kim Zupan's debut novel is about the relationship between a deputy sheriff and a hardened killer. This book explores the line between good and evil in a manner that's as honest as it is unsettling.

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For Single Women, An 'Infinite Variety Of Paths'

September 30, 2014 - 1:06am

Getting married used to mark the start of a woman's adult life. But the average age women get married has gone from about 22 to about 27. The shift, says writer Rebecca Traister, has been profound.

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Vaccine Controversies Are As Social As They Are Medical

September 29, 2014 - 11:35pm

In writing her new book On Immunity, Eula Biss found that questions about vaccination touch on attitudes about environmentalism, citizenship and trust in the government.

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Novelist Caitlin Moran Wryly Shows 'How To Build A Girl'

September 29, 2014 - 2:03pm

Caitlin Moran's semi-autobiographical novel is an earnestly written look at a young woman's self-reinvention. How to Build a Girl tackles class, gender and sexuality with both humor and sincerity.

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Book Review: 'All The Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid'

September 29, 2014 - 12:13pm

The new book by Matt Bai explores the political resonance of Gary Hart, whose presidential ambitions were dashed when he revealed he had an affair.

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Lena Dunham On Sex, Oversharing And Writing About Lost 'Girls'

September 29, 2014 - 10:05am

Dunham says when she started writing HBO's Girls, she was drawn to characters with "a bit of a Zelda Fitzgerald lost, broken woman quality." Her new essay collection is called Not That Kind of Girl.

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Book News: Listen To The First-Timers Nominated For PEN Prize

September 29, 2014 - 3:19am

A night before the winner's declared, the writers shortlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize read their works. Listen here first. Also: Thomas Pynchon might soon be coming to the big screen.

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'Rooms' Is Haunted By People (And Ghosts) That Can't Let Go

September 29, 2014 - 3:03am

YA author Lauren Oliver's debut adult novel features an old mansion occupied by dysfunctional characters, both living and dead. Oliver fits these seemingly disparate lives together like a puzzle ring.

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