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Pack These Pages: Three Must-Reads For Summer

June 29, 2016 - 12:28pm

Harriet Logan, owner of Loganberry Books in Shaker Heights, Ohio, recommends a graphic novel about trash, a George Eliot classic and a children's book about a bear pianist.

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'A Hundred Thousand Worlds' Might Be A Few Too Many

June 29, 2016 - 9:45am

Bob Proehl's sprawling novel follows actor Valerie and her son Alex on an epic road trip, punctuated by stops at comic conventions. It's a charming but messy debut that crams in too many ideas.

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'They May Not Mean To, But They Do' Is A Sparkling, Sad Family Affair

June 29, 2016 - 9:13am

Cathleen Schine's new novel explores how one character's physical and mental decline ripples out to affect his whole family. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it a mix of "fun and bad behavior."

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'The Big Sheep' Plays Hardboiled Sci-Fi To The Hilt

June 29, 2016 - 3:00am

It's not hard to parse the two main influences on Robert Kroese's new novel, The Big Sheep: Philip K. Dick and Raymond Chandler. But Kroese's knack for humor helps elevate their gonzo grimness.

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In 'Hustling Hitler,' A Jewish Vaudevillian Scams The Third Reich

June 28, 2016 - 12:37pm

It seems everyone has one: the eccentric relative much gossiped about. For Walter Shapiro, it's his great-uncle, Freeman Bernstein. The vaudeville manager, boxing promoter, card shark and stock swindler managed to scam the Third Reich. Shapiro writes about this in his new book, Hustling Hitler.

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'The Innocent Have Nothing To Fear' Echoes Real-Life Republican Race

June 28, 2016 - 12:37pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Stuart Stevens, a former strategist for Mitt Romney, whose new novel, The Innocent Have Nothing to Fear, tells the story of a neck-and-neck Republican primary campaign that ends up at a brokered convention.

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'Nobody Is Immune': Bracing For Zika's First Summer In The U.S.

June 28, 2016 - 9:49am

Author Donald. G. McNeil Jr. predicts that 2016 will be the worst year for Zika transmission in the U.S. "After this year, a fair number of people will be immune, and ... immunity will grow," he says.

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'Icon' Keeps The Shutters Clicking And The Danger Growing

June 28, 2016 - 3:00am

We first met diplomat Suyana Sapaki in Persona; she was a C-lister in a world where statecraft and celebrity are interchangeable. But now she's on the rise — and the stakes are getting higher, too.

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Broadway Chanteuse Barbara Cook: 'My First Memories Are Of Singing'

June 27, 2016 - 9:14am

After starring in Broadway shows like The Music Man and Candide, Cook struggled with addiction, then staged a successful second career as a cabaret singer. Her new memoir is Then and Now.

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Human Or Machine: Can You Tell Who Wrote These Poems?

June 27, 2016 - 8:14am

Can a computer write a sonnet that's indistinguishable from what a person can produce? A contest at Dartmouth attempted to find out. With our online quiz, you too can give it a try.

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A Toast To The Toast, The Site That Was Just For You. Yes, Even You

June 27, 2016 - 3:00am

The Toast — the funny, literary feminist website, gleeful kneecapper of high culture, center of cheerful misandry, and habitat of the courteous commenter — is closing. We have an appreciation.

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