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In The Event Of Attack, Here's How The Government Plans 'To Save Itself'

NPR Books - June 21, 2017 - 10:39am

In Raven Rock, Garrett Graff describes the bunkers designed to protect U.S. leaders in the event of a catastrophe. One Cold War-era plan put the post office in charge of cataloging the dead.

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'The Sarah Book' Is An Unsparing Primal Scream Of A Book

NPR Books - June 21, 2017 - 3:00am

Scott McClanahan's semi-autobiographical novel is packed with loss, pain and existential anguish, but his narrator — also named Scott — refuses to give up, no matter how often he's knocked down.

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Eddie Izzard: Coming Out Gave Me The Confidence For Everything Else

NPR Books - June 20, 2017 - 12:40pm

Fair warning: There are no actual jazz chickens in Eddie Izzard's new Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens. But it does provide insight into what makes the acclaimed comedian tick.

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Sherman Alexie Says He's Been 'Indian Du Jour' For A 'Very Long Day'

NPR Books - June 20, 2017 - 9:45am

Alexie is excited for a new generation of Native American writers to come on the scene, "so I don't have to answer all the questions," he says. His new memoir is You Don't Have to Say You Love Me.

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'The Alchemist's Daughter' Is No Frankenstein's Monster

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

Theodora Goss's novel takes bits and pieces from several different monstrous mythologies — Jekyll and Hyde, Dr. Moreau and more — but she makes something new and deceptively intricate out of them.

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Sherman Alexie's New Book Is An Emotional Memoir About His Mother

NPR Books - June 20, 2017 - 1:05am

Sherman Alexie has often turned to his childhood on the Spokane Indian Reservation for inspiration. Now, he looks at the life of his mother in a memoir called You Don't Have to Say You Love Me.

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Bookstore Owner Sues California Over Law Regulating Autographed Items

NPR Books - June 19, 2017 - 12:32pm

A new California law regulates how autographed items may be sold. Originally intended to cover sports memorabilia and an apparently thriving market in fake autographs, bookstores are worried it will shut down popular author book signings. Now one of them has filed suit.

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Be Bigger, Fight Harder: Roxane Gay On A Lifetime Of 'Hunger'

NPR Books - June 19, 2017 - 9:15am

Gay has finally written the book that she "wanted to write the least." The moment she realized she "never want to write about fatness" was the same moment she knew this was a memoir she had to write.

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South Africa's District Six Cookbook Helps Preserve A Lost Community

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

By the 1980s, 60,000 people had been forcibly removed from this mixed-race section of Cape Town. But the area's food traditions reflect the spirit of helpmekaar, an Afrikaans term for mutual support.

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President Donald Trump, Unreliable Narrator

NPR Books - June 19, 2017 - 1:00am

Why can't we stop reading Trump's Twitter feed? The same reason we can't put down The Catcher In The Rye or Pale Fire.

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Actor Ben Falcone And His Dad On The Funny Side Of Fatherhood

NPR Books - June 18, 2017 - 1:01pm

Ben learned a lot about fatherhood from his own dad, Steve Falcone. In honor of Father's Day, they spoke to NPR about their most memorable father-son moments. Ben's new book is Being a Dad is Weird.

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