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A Path From 'Blackout' Drunkenness To Sobriety And Self-Acceptance

July 30, 2015 - 11:24am

Writer Sarah Hepola once got so drunk before giving a presentation to 300 people that she didn't remember it the next day. In Blackout, her memoir, Hepola wrestles with her reasons for drinking.

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'Barbara' Is Imperfect, Defiant And Wonderfully Human

July 30, 2015 - 6:03am

The characters in Lauren Holmes' debut story collection are more than words on a page, says reviewer Michael Schaub. They're fully, exasperatingly real, portrayed with charm but without pretension.

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'Baby' Is A Pretty Feat Of Misdirection

July 30, 2015 - 3:03am

Mary Kubica's new thriller follows a woman who takes in a runaway and her baby daughter. Reviewer Bethanne Patrick says it's a perfect setup — but the twists you expect aren't the ones that arrive.

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With 'Paper Towns,' Author John Green Reopens Search For Agloe, N.Y.

July 29, 2015 - 12:38pm

Agloe, N.Y., is not a town in any real sense. Instead, it's among a number of fakes that mapmakers planted to foil plagiarists. It inspired John Green to write his book (and now movie) Paper Towns.

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'Booker Dozen' Stirs In A Hefty Batch Of American Authors

July 29, 2015 - 8:28am

Thirteen novels are in the hunt for the Man Booker Prize, the U.K.'s biggest literary award. The Booker is open to Americans for only the second year, and this year's list pits rookies against titans.

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Peace, Love And Realness In A Hip-Hop History

July 29, 2015 - 6:03am

Cartoonist Ed Piskor has just put out the new book in his award-winning Hip Hop Family Tree series. It's an exhaustive, good-natured look at the birth of hip-hop that avoids the pitfall of voyeurism.

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Heartbreakers: Why Some Books Didn't Make The Final Romance List

July 29, 2015 - 3:03am

Not every submission to our big romance poll made it onto the list. Some books, while classics, have not aged well, some books were too new to judge, and some were lacking the crucial happy ending.

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Happy Ever After: 100 Swoon-Worthy Romances

July 29, 2015 - 3:03am

It's the NPR Books Summer of Love, so to celebrate, we asked our readers to nominate their favorite romances. And the results are in: 100 love stories to help every reader find a happy ever after.

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A Sense Of Self: What Happens When Your Brain Says You Don't Exist

July 28, 2015 - 9:17am

In his new book, The Man Who Wasn't There, Anil Ananthaswamy examines the ways people think of themselves — and how those perceptions can be distorted by certain brain conditions.

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An Airborne Adventurer's Journey In 'Circling The Sun'

July 28, 2015 - 6:03am

The author of The Paris Wife is back with another novelized memoir, this time of pioneering aviator (and all-around adventurer) Beryl Markham, the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean east to west.

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'Crooked' Nixon Knew: There Are Worse Things Than Nukes

July 28, 2015 - 3:03am

Austin Grossman's new novel is half Lovecraftian horror, half thoughtful character study of a President Nixon who's in charge of an alternate America built not on democracy, but on dark magic.

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