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'NeuroTribes' Examines The History — And Myths — Of The Autism Spectrum 
  Wed, 02 Sep 2015 13:48:00 -0400 
    Steve Silberman talks about how Nazi extermination plans and a discredited scientific paper about childhood vaccines shaped our current understanding of autism.

Franzen's Latest Novel: An Ambitious But Tarnished 'Purity' 
  Wed, 02 Sep 2015 12:28:00 -0400 
    Jonathan Franzen weaves together a cavalcade of stories and characters in his latest novel. Critic Maureen Corrigan says that despite its breadth, Purity fails to "emotionally move the reader."

'Twelve Kings' Launches A Bold New Fantasy World 
  Wed, 02 Sep 2015 10:03:00 -0400 
    Twelve immortal, iron-fisted god-kings rule over the desert metropolis of Sharakhai. No one can stand against them, until the gladiator Çeda begins hunting for the truth behind her mother's death.

'The Shepherd's Crown' Tells Terry Pratchett Fans How To Mourn Him 
  Wed, 02 Sep 2015 07:03:00 -0400 
    The fantasy author's last novel opens with the death of one of his most beloved characters and serves as an illustration of his thoughts on his own impending death and the inevitability of change.

In New Neapolitan Novel, Fans Seek Clues About Mysterious Author's Past 
  Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:29:00 -0400 
    Elena Ferrante is the pen name of an anonymous Italian author. Very little is known about her, but Ferrante's books — widely believed to be a thinly veiled autobiography — have achieved cult status.

A Compelling Plot Gives Way To Farce In Franzen's Purity 
  Tue, 01 Sep 2015 16:29:00 -0400 
    The new novel reveals sharp observations and a great, sprawling story. But critic Roxane Gay says the book gets bogged down with absurdly drawn characters and misfired critiques of modern life.

Jonathan Franzen On Writing: It's An 'Escape From Everything' 
  Tue, 01 Sep 2015 13:56:00 -0400 
    The author of The Corrections and the new novel Purity likens writing to losing himself in a dream. "When it's really going well ... you're in a fantasy land and feeling no pain," he says.

Truth Is Strange And Fiction Is Charming In 'Girl Waits With Gun' 
  Tue, 01 Sep 2015 07:04:12 -0400 
    Amy Stewart's new novel is inspired by the real-life tale of the Kopp sisters, three women who faced down a cruel factory owner after he crashed into their buggy and refused to pay restitution.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg And Sandra Day O'Connor, 'Sisters In Law' 
  Tue, 01 Sep 2015 05:01:00 -0400 
    A new book explains that the women were not personal friends, but they were strong allies on the Supreme Court bench, especially in the legal fight for women's equality.

Novelist Amy Stewart Turns 1914 Traffic Accident Into 'Girl Waits With Gun' 
  Mon, 31 Aug 2015 05:38:00 -0400 
    Steve Inskeep talks to Amy Stewart about her novel Girl Waits With Gun. It's based on the story of a woman who went on to become one of the first female deputy sheriffs in early 20th century America.

The Glimmering Sheen Of A Wide World Seen From Inside A Bubble 
  Sun, 30 Aug 2015 18:09:00 -0400 
    The teen heroine of Nicola Yoon's debut novel, Everything, Everything, has a disorder that bars her from leaving her house. Still, her world is vast, filled with writings, drawings — and new love.

Oliver Sacks, Renowned Neurologist And Author, Dies At 82 
  Sun, 30 Aug 2015 08:53:00 -0400 
    His book Awakenings, about reviving patients from a catatonic state, was turned into a 1990 film. He also wrote more than a dozen other books, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.

A Young Woman Goes 'Underground In Berlin' To Escape The Holocaust 
  Sun, 30 Aug 2015 08:19:00 -0400 
    Hermann Simon's mother lived as a Jew in Berlin during World War II. Through cunning and disguise, Marie Jalowicz Simon managed to evade the Nazis right under their noses.

Presenting: The Holy Romance Trinity Of J 
  Sun, 30 Aug 2015 07:03:35 -0400 
    Blogger Sarah Wendell usually reads on a Kindle, but she treasures a row of crumbling paperbacks by authors she calls the Holy Romance Trinity of J: Jude Deveraux, Julie Garwood and Judith McNaught.

For Carl Phillips, Poetry Is Experience Transformed — Not Transcribed 
  Sat, 29 Aug 2015 17:10:57 -0400 
    Phillips' new collection is both raw and refined, drawing on intimate experience while shunning autobiography. "I become uncomfortable when people make an equation between author and poem," he says.
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