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Crepes For Cinco De Mayo? Chef Pati Jinich Explains Por Qué

May 5, 2016 - 11:38am

The holiday commemorates a Mexican victory against French invaders, whose culinary imprint lingers. In her new cookbook, Jinich explores Mexico's evolving cuisine and its many immigrant influences.

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Newly Released Documents Detail Traumas Of China's Cultural Revolution

May 5, 2016 - 9:37am

Historian Frank Dikötter says newly opened archives offer fresh details about the chaos China experienced in the 1960s, when Chairman Mao urged students to take to the streets.

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'The Queue' Carries On A Dystopian Lineage

May 5, 2016 - 3:00am

Basma Abdel Aziz's new novel is set in an unspecified Middle Eastern city, where an endless line snakes back from the mysterious Gate where citizens await pronouncements from a sinister government.

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Novelist Richard Russo: 'I Find Myself Now ... Having Lived The American Dream'

May 5, 2016 - 12:31am

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author says his blue-collar grandfather would have been astonished by the life Russo leads. His new book, Everybody's Fool, is a sequel to 1993's Nobody's Fool.

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'Heat & Light' Digs For The Soul Of Coal Country

May 4, 2016 - 12:34pm

Jennifer Haigh grew up in small town Pennsylvania, where jobs disappeared when coal mines closed. Her new novel explores the changes that mining — and now fracking — has brought to nearby communities.

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To Play Sports Under Taliban Rule, 'Different Kind Of Daughter' Dressed As A Boy

May 4, 2016 - 9:16am

Growing up in the tribal region of Pakistan, Maria Toorpakai pretended she was a boy in order to compete as a weightlifter. Later she became an internationally known squash player.

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'Where's Warhol?' Turns The Waldo Concept Into A Work Of Art

May 4, 2016 - 6:00am

High art is highly entertaining in this grown-up goof on the Where's Waldo? books. Readers hunt down a tiny Andy Warhol against a series of elaborately detailed art and culture-themed backgrounds.

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Unquiet Minds Make Absorbing Reading In 'Imagine Me Gone'

May 4, 2016 - 3:00am

Adam Haslett's new novel focuses on a family tormented by father-and-son battles with chronic depression and anxiety. He captures the lasting reverberations of suicide with precision and tenderness.

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'Neither Snow Nor Rain' Celebrates History Of U.S. Postal Service

May 3, 2016 - 12:25pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with author Devin Leonard whose new book, Neither Snow Nor Rain, celebrates the history of the U.S. Postal Service.

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'The Chimes' Is A Post-Apocalyptic Hymn To The Power Of Memory

May 3, 2016 - 3:04am

Violinist and author Anna Smaill's musical training shows through in her debut novel. The Chimes is set in a post-apocalyptic London where a mysterious order controls the population via music.

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'Missing Man' Examines Ex-FBI Agent Robert Levinson's Mission To Iran

May 3, 2016 - 1:15am

Steve Inskeep talks to New York Times reporter Barry Meier about his investigation into Robert Levinson's disappearance, chronicled in his book Missing Man: The American Spy Who Vanished in Iran.

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