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Sneak Preview: 5 Books To Look Forward To This Summer

Monday, June 10, 2013

NPR's Barrie Hardymon has been scanning the catalogs all year, searching for the summer's best books. Her five favorites range from young-adult fiction to a memoir about cheese.

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Book News: Iain Banks, Genre-Defying Author, Dies

Monday, June 10, 2013

Also: U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey to be given second term; the best books coming out this week.

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In 'Shocked,' Patricia Volk Honors Two Formative Femmes

Monday, June 10, 2013

Both Elsa Schiaparelli and Audrey Morgen Volk loved clothing. They were also strict, impatient and volatile. In her memoir, Patricia Volk describes how an iconoclastic, Italian fashion designer and a loving, perfectionist mother helped her move into adulthood.

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Badger, Bunny And Black-Cat Blues: 3 Tales Of Animal Noir

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Writer Jody Arlington picks three hot summer graphic-novel reads. The twist? They all star anthropomorphic animals: Doughty badger detective LeBrock, hard-boiled cat detective John Blacksad and resistance rabbit Hardin dodge assassins, steal secrets and track down the missing just like their human counterparts.

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Book News: The Bible An Unexpected Best-Seller In Norway

Friday, June 07, 2013

Also: The editor of the Science Fiction Writers of America Bulletin is stepping down amid a controversy over sexism; Kevin Barry's City of Bohane wins the IMPAC Dublin Award; an impromptu library for Turkish protesters.

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Book News: A.M. Homes Takes Women's Prize For Fiction

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Also: Orhan Pamuk on the protests in Turkey; Adam Johnson on Kim Jong Il's sushi chef.

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Book News: Germany's Longest Word Gets The Ax

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Also: T.S. Eliot on cats; LGBT literary awards; and Jonah Lehrer gets back in the game.

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Book News: Neruda's Death? Experts Say The Assassin Didn't Do It

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Also: Leon Panetta is writing a book; Alexander McCall Smith buys some islands.

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Apple: Price-Fixing Charges 'Not True'

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Lawyers for Apple will be back in court again Tuesday defending the company against government charges that it conspired with publishers to fix e-book prices. All the major publishing houses settled months ago with the Justice Department. In opening statements, Apple's lawyer said the company won't settle because it did nothing wrong.

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Book News: Apple Vs. DOJ As Ebook Price-Fixing Trial Begins

Monday, June 03, 2013

Also: the Women's Prize gets a new sponsor; the best books coming out this week.

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Arthur Geisert's 'Thunderstorm' Celebrates Life On The Prairie

Sunday, June 02, 2013

The award-winning children's book author has written more than two dozen books set in the American heartland. He's most famous for his intricate illustrations of the Midwest — sprawling prairie, family farms and his signature mischievous pigs.

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Donald Justice's 'Collected Poems' Offer Refuge From The Rain

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Justice's poems are not interested in making us feel comfortable or special. Yet author Mary Szybist says there is something about them that she finds profoundly consoling.

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Book News: Sci-Fi Author Jack Vance Dies At 96

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Also: Don Share is named the new editor of Poetry magazine; Malcolm Gladwell hates the New York Public Library.

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Book News: Kipling Admitted Plagiarizing 'Promiscuously'

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Also: The next Bridget Jones book; and how novelist Donna Tartt came to be missing part of her ear.

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Exclusive First Read: 'TransAtlantic' By Colum McCann

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Read an exclusive excerpt of Colum McCann's new novel, TransAtlantic. It's a series of braided stories about the deep and complex ties between America and Ireland, centering on Dubliner Lily Duggan, who emigrates in search of a better life.

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Book News: Not Everyone's A Fan Of Amazon's Fan Fiction Move

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Also: a new poem by Louise Glück; Alice Munro talks about writing; Imre Kertész speaks to The Paris Review about dying.

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Do Sit Under The Apple Tree With These Romantic Reads For Memorial Day

Monday, May 27, 2013

Just in time for Memorial Day, here's a roundup of romantic fiction set during the World War II era. Reviewer Bobbi Dumas says the war was a time of horror — but also a time of heightened emotion and even a little romantic. These books are a great way to remember.

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'Portnoy's Complaint': A Surprisingly Therapeutic Birthday Present

Sunday, May 26, 2013

When author Lucas Mann turned 13, his father gave him a copy of Portnoy's Complaint, a novel The New Yorker dubbed "one of the dirtiest books ever published." Mann says the book taught him that life is painful, sometimes gross, and often funny.

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A Lost And Found 'Wonder': Pearl S. Buck's Final Novel

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Before her death in 1973, Pearl S. Buck wrote one final novel. But The Eternal Wonder languished in a Texas storage unit for decades until its discovery last fall.

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James Joyce Coin-troversy Reportedly Could Have Been Averted

Friday, May 24, 2013

Irish banking officials should have known there were problems with the controversial 10-euro coin commemorating James Joyce, according to Ireland's RTE News. The coin misquotes the author's Ulysses, and bears an image of Joyce that his estate did not approve.

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