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2 Smart New Novels Find Humor In Fantasies Of Escape

NPR Books - July 20, 2017 - 9:58am

These terrific comic novels — The Last Laugh by Lynn Freed and Who Is Rich? by Matthew Klam — will have you laughing at the many ways we all try to run away from the realities of life.

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In 'Fetch,' A Memorial To A Beloved Dog Raises Hard Questions

NPR Books - July 20, 2017 - 3:00am

Do you deserve your pets? Do you deserve the people in your life? In her new graphic memoir, Nicole Georges suggests the two questions are closely related — and you may not like the answers.

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The Poet Bao Phi, On Creating A 'Guidebook' For Young Asian-Americans

NPR Books - July 20, 2017 - 3:00am

When Bao Phi was a child, there was little literature about Vietnamese refugees in the U.S. Phi hopes to change that with his new poetry book Thousand Star Hotel and a forthcoming children's book.

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Collaborator Says Sendak Would Be 'Jumping For Joy' Over New Publication

NPR Books - July 19, 2017 - 1:16pm

More than 20 years ago, Maurice Sendak and Arthur Yorinks collaborated on a book called Presto and Zesto in Limboland. But they were both busy with other projects, and never bothered to publish it.

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Billy Bragg On Skiffle, The Movement That Brought Guitar To British Radio

NPR Books - July 19, 2017 - 11:13am

The singer describes skiffle as "a bunch of British school boys in the mid '50s playing Lead Belly's repertoire ... on acoustic guitars." Bragg's new book is Roots, Radicals And Rockers.

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We All Live In The Dark, But Some Of Us Live In 'The Dark Dark'

NPR Books - July 19, 2017 - 3:00am

Samantha Hunt's new story collection dissects the unique strangeness of women's lives, mixing eerie fantasy with solid literary sensibility and a knack for strange and lovely set pieces.

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London Literally Stank In The Summer Of 1858 — Just Ask Dickens And Darwin

NPR Books - July 18, 2017 - 1:52pm

In One Hot Summer, historian Rosemary Ashton follows Charles Dickens, Charles Darwin and Benjamin Disraeli through an unpleasant couple of months — as the River Thames flowed with hot, smelly sewage.

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It Is A Truth Universally Acknowledged That Jane Austen Pairs Well With Tea

NPR Books - July 18, 2017 - 11:21am

Pinkies up, Janeites! We mark the bicentennial of Austen's death with a look at her relationship with a beloved cuppa.

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Inside The 'Shakespearean Irony' Of Trump And Bannon's Relationship

NPR Books - July 18, 2017 - 10:27am

Author Joshua Green says that although Steve Bannon was instrumental to Donald Trump's election, it now appears that the president lacks the ability to implement Bannon's nationalist vision.

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England Unveils New 10-Pound Note Featuring Jane Austen

NPR Books - July 18, 2017 - 7:18am

The note, which will enter circulation in September, was revealed on the 200th anniversary of Austen's death.

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'Arbitrary Stupid Goal' Is Neither Arbitrary Nor Stupid

NPR Books - July 18, 2017 - 6:00am

Tamara Shopsin's quirky, lively memoir of her unconventional Greenwich Village childhood is packed with vivid details about the cast of characters who populated her parents' corner store-turned-diner.

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Taut Spy Action Takes Place Over Tea 'At The Table Of Wolves'

NPR Books - July 18, 2017 - 3:00am

Kay Kenyon's new thriller is set in an alternate-history version of World War II, where the traumas of the previous war caused a bloom of psychic talents — talents the Nazis want to exploit.

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Can't Prog Rock Get Any Respect Around Here?

NPR Books - July 18, 2017 - 12:42am

Critic Lester Bangs once declared progressive rock "musical sterility at its pinnacle." David Weigel, author of The Show That Never Ends: The Rise And Fall Of Prog Rock, begs to differ.

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