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Casey Walker’s ‘Last Days in Shanghai’

New York Times book reviews - January 23, 2015 - 9:37am
In this first novel, a young congressional aide navigates a minefield of graft and corruption in present-day China.






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Critic's Take: Somebody’s Watching Us

New York Times book reviews - January 23, 2015 - 9:37am
Today, Richard Hofstadter, who wrote “The Paranoid Style in American Politics,” might target not just right-wing radio hosts but also the aggrieved left.






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‘When Books Went to War,’ by Molly Guptill Manning

New York Times book reviews - January 23, 2015 - 9:33am
In World War II, books helped lift the spirits of the troops.






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‘The Match Girl and the Heiress,’ by Seth Koven

New York Times book reviews - January 23, 2015 - 9:33am
A story of activists and unlikely soulmates in Victorian London.






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‘Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary,’ by Anita Anand

New York Times book reviews - January 23, 2015 - 9:33am
The life of a suffragist daughter of an exiled maharajah.






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‘There Was and There Was Not,’ by Meline Toumani

New York Times book reviews - January 23, 2015 - 9:32am
An Armenian-American moves to Turkey to investigate a history of tense relations.






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‘Once Upon a Time,’ by Marina Warner

New York Times book reviews - January 23, 2015 - 9:32am
Marina Warner explores the history and enduring power of fairy tales.






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‘Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye,’ by Marie Mutsuki Mockett

New York Times book reviews - January 23, 2015 - 9:31am
Mourning her father’s death, the author undertakes a pilgrimage to Japan’s great Buddhist temples.






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ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Jill Leovy’s ‘Ghettoside’

New York Times book reviews - January 23, 2015 - 9:18am
Ms. Leovy discusses “Ghettoside,” Patton Oswalt talks about his new memoir and Anita Shapira discusses “Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel.”






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‘Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo!,’ by Nicholas Carlson

New York Times book reviews - January 23, 2015 - 9:13am
In 2012, Marissa Mayer was tasked with reversing the fortunes of a struggling Internet pioneer.
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‘The Forgotten Depression,’ by James Grant

New York Times book reviews - January 23, 2015 - 9:03am
Looking at the depression of 1921.
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Yemeni Rebels Call For Mass Rallies After President Steps Down

NPR Top Stories - January 23, 2015 - 6:45am

The Houthis, who control the capital, Sanaa, are apparently hoping to exploit a power vacuum left by the resignation of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and his government.

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Thai Lawmakers Vote To Impeach Ousted Premier

NPR Top Stories - January 23, 2015 - 5:43am

Yingluck Shinawatra, whose government was removed from office in a military coup in May, has been accused of criminal negligence related to a failed program to prop up the price of rice.

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Fate Of Japanese Hostages Unclear After Islamic State's Deadline Lapses

NPR Top Stories - January 23, 2015 - 5:08am

A video purportedly by the militants says "the countdown has begun." Japan says it's still trying to secure Haruna Yukawa and Kenji Goto's release. The Islamists want $200 million for their release.

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Saudi King Abdullah Leaves Behind A Complex Legacy

NPR Top Stories - January 23, 2015 - 4:05am

In the wake of the king's death, he is being remembered as a man who laid the foundation for reform, but also as someone who promised much but accomplished little.

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A Blind Woman Gains New Freedom, Click By Click By Click

NPR Top Stories - January 23, 2015 - 12:37am

Blind since birth, Julee-anne Bell wasn't comfortable heading out on her own. And when she learned an echolocation technique that gave her more independence, she discovered that it came with costs.

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To Keep Planes From Disappearing, NTSB Urges Constant Tracking

NPR Top Stories - January 22, 2015 - 7:42pm

The agency wants every-minute updates on the locations of planes that fly over water, as well as longer-lasting batteries for black-box beacons, following the disappearance of a Malaysian jet.

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Former WWE Fighters Suing Over Alleged Brain Damage

NPR Top Stories - January 22, 2015 - 6:44pm

The wrestlers say World Wrestling Entertainment downplayed dangers in the ring. The WWE says it has "never concealed any medical information related to concussions."

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Ancient Egyptian Relic Broken, Repaired With Glue

NPR Top Stories - January 22, 2015 - 6:20pm

Anonymous officials say the beard of the golden mask of King Tutankamun broke off during a cleaning last year, and was glued back on in a hurry.

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Goosebumps And Gas: New Data From Rosetta Probe Describes Comet

NPR Top Stories - January 22, 2015 - 6:16pm

We're learning more about the comet that a European Space Agency paired up with its Rosetta probe last fall. For one thing, it has "goosebumps" on steep cliff faces. It's also highly porous.

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