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A Biography Of Your Cubicle: How This Became The Modern Workplace 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:01:00 -0400 
    The office has long been seen as a symbol of boredom: It's a killer of spirits, a destroyer of spontaneity. But reviewer Rosecrans Baldwin says a new book brings out its entertaining side.


An Eater's-Eye View Of Literature's Most Iconic Meals 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:15:00 -0400 
    With intricately composed photographs, designer Dinah Fried puts readers at the table for 50 of her favorite literary spreads. Her new book is called Fictitious Dishes.


Book News: Happiness Study Says Library Trips Are As Good As A Pay Raise 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:57:00 -0400 
    Also: The shortlist for the 2014 Caine Prize was announced; Richard H. Hoggart, key witness in the obscenity trial of Lady Chatterley's Lover, has died.


Mitterrand's Taste For 'Intrigue' And Contradiction 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:03:15 -0400 
    Philip Short's new biography of French president Francois Mitterrand, A Taste for Intrigue, is a compelling, polished portrait of a slippery, contradictory figure who relished reinventing himself.


Book News: Gabriel García Márquez Left An Unpublished Manuscript 
  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:09:00 -0400 
    Also: a previously unpublished story by Shirley Jackson; tips to tell whether you are in a Charles Dickens novel.


Better (?) Living Through Chemistry In 'Afterparty' 
  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:03:00 -0400 
    Darryl Gregory's new novel, Afterparty, envisions a future where anyone with the right gear can make his own custom drugs. Critic Jason Sheehan calls it a juicy jumble of second-generation biopunk.


Book Review: 'In Praise Of Hatred' 
  Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:06:12 -0400 
    Alan Cheuse reviews the novel In Praise of Hatred, by Khaled Khalifa. The book, which was recently translated to English, features a young Muslim girl in 1980s Syria.


'Forcing The Spring' Tells One Chapter In Story Of Marriage Equality 
  Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:51:00 -0400 
    The strategy of going to the Supreme Court to challenge Proposition 8 was controversial within the gay-rights movement. Now, Jo Becker's new book is proving to be controversial as well.


Book News: Ex-Supreme Court Justice Wants 6 Changes To Constitution 
  Tue, 22 Apr 2014 08:13:00 -0400 
    Also: The battle over the word "literally," Claudia Rankine won the $50,000 Jackson Poetry Prize.


'Chameleon Club' Takes On Too Many Colors 
  Tue, 22 Apr 2014 07:03:00 -0400 
    Francine Prose's new Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 concerns itself with the malleability of truth — but stumbles with characters who are flamboyantly quirky, rather than truly engaging.


Exclusive First Read: Colson Whitehead's 'The Noble Hustle' 
  Tue, 22 Apr 2014 07:01:00 -0400 
    Colson Whitehead's account of his anhedonic adventures at the World Series of Poker is tough and tasty — like a good piece of beef jerky.


The Tawdry Ballad Of A Man, A Casino And A Game Of Chance 
  Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:28:00 -0400 
    The Ballad of a Small Player is set in the murky underworld of Macau's casinos. Reviewer Tash Aw calls the novel a masterful and thrilling collision of old Asia and 21st century glamour.


Book News: 'Rabbit-Proof Fence' Author Doris Pilkington Garimara Dies 
  Mon, 21 Apr 2014 07:34:00 -0400 
    Also: a poem by Michele Glazer; the best books coming out this week.


Far From 'Infinitesimal': A Mathematical Paradox's Role In History 
  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:00:00 -0400 
    It seems like a simple question: How many parts can you divide a line into? The troublesome answer was square at the root of two of Europe's greatest social crises.


'Traveling Pants' Author Tries Traveling In Time 
  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:05:09 -0400 
    NPR's Petra Mayer profiles YA author Ann Brashares, whose new book The Here and Now follows a young girl and her community who've escaped a terrible future via time travel and landed in our present.
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