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'Barbara' Is Imperfect, Defiant And Wonderfully Human 
  Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:03:27 -0400 
    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.


'Baby' Is A Pretty Feat Of Misdirection 
  Thu, 30 Jul 2015 07:03:00 -0400 
    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.


With 'Paper Towns,' Author John Green Reopens Search For Agloe, N.Y. 
  Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:38:00 -0400 
    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.


'Booker Dozen' Stirs In A Hefty Batch Of American Authors 
  Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:28:00 -0400 
    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.


Peace, Love And Realness In A Hip-Hop History 
  Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:03:00 -0400 
    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.


Heartbreakers: Why Some Books Didn't Make The Final Romance List 
  Wed, 29 Jul 2015 07:03:00 -0400 
    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.


Happy Ever After: 100 Swoon-Worthy Romances 
  Wed, 29 Jul 2015 07:03:00 -0400 
    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.


A Sense Of Self: What Happens When Your Brain Says You Don't Exist 
  Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:17:00 -0400 
    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.


An Airborne Adventurer's Journey In 'Circling The Sun' 
  Tue, 28 Jul 2015 10:03:00 -0400 
    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.


'Crooked' Nixon Knew: There Are Worse Things Than Nukes 
  Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:03:25 -0400 
    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.


A Rage For The Ages: The Unforgettable 'Pine Tar Game' 
  Sun, 26 Jul 2015 18:03:30 -0400 
    In the 1983 game, the Yankees were holding a trump card: an obscure rule that turned the Royals' game-winning home run into a game-loser, inspiring one of the most epic tantrums in baseball history.


'Jane Eyre' Retelling Swaps English Countryside For Bustling City Streets 
  Sun, 26 Jul 2015 07:32:00 -0400 
    Patricia Park's novel, Re Jane, is a retelling of Charlotte Bronte's classic Jane Eyre set in modern-day New York and South Korea. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with author Jean Kwok about Park's novel.


Women's Comics Are Surfing The Crowd 
  Sun, 26 Jul 2015 07:03:00 -0400 
    It's no secret that women are getting more prominent in the world of comics. But some women are tired of waiting for mainstream attention: They're turning to crowdfunding to get their projects done.


In This Twist On Tricky Dick's History, A President's Secrets Can Save Us 
  Sun, 26 Jul 2015 05:45:00 -0400 
    In Crooked, novelist Austin Grossman excuses Richard Nixon's rocky political career in the weirdest ways possible — by reimagining the former president as a warrior against supernatural forces.


50 Years Ago, Bob Dylan Electrified A Decade With One Concert 
  Sat, 25 Jul 2015 17:12:00 -0400 
    It's been 50 years since Bob Dylan strolled on stage at the Newport Folk Festival, plugged in an electric guitar, and infuriated his flock. Historian Elijah Wald says there's much more to the story.
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