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After 10 Years Of Bella And Edward, 'Twilight Reimagined' Brings A Twist

5 hours 5 min ago

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with author Stephenie Meyer about the appeal her Twilight books and her new novel, which reassigns the genders of the original characters.

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New Dietary Guidelines Will Not Include Sustainability Goal

5 hours 58 min ago

A government-appointed panel wanted the federal government's 2015 nutrition advice to consider a food's environmental impact. But the cabinet secretaries with final authority say it won't happen.

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How A Taste For Chinese Tea Minted America's First Millionaires

6 hours 25 min ago

China and its trade practices are often blamed for U.S. economic woes. But once upon a time, it was the tea trade with China that created American magnates — with some catastrophic consequences.

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Deluge Contaminates And Destroys Ballet School

6 hours 48 min ago

The South Carolina flood has left the Columbia Classical Ballet Company without not just its costumes and scores but its building.

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3 Questions With The Guy Who Hates Renoir

7 hours 10 min ago

Max Geller led a small crowd in protest of the fact that paintings by renowned French impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir hang in Boston's Museum of Fine Arts.

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Sandra Cisneros Crosses Borders And Boundaries In 'A House Of My Own'

7 hours 52 min ago

The author's new memoir collects three decades worth of her journeys in search of a sense of home. "I guess I didn't realize I was gonna be crossing borders my whole life," she says.

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Fan Fiction Comes To Life In 'Carry On'

10 hours 11 min ago

"Meta" isn't quite sufficient to describe Rainbow Rowell's latest, which brings a fictional Harry Potteresque series described in her previous novel Fangirl to warm, messy, beautiful life.

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'American Horror Story' Returns, With Twists, Thrills And A Chilling Lady Gaga

10 hours 12 min ago

FX's American Horror Story returns for season five this week. TV critic David Bianculli says this season, which is set in a lavish old hotel, is "the most visually arresting and twisted one yet."

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For Israeli-Born Chef, Hummus And 'Tehina' Are A Bridge To Home

10 hours 26 min ago

Chef Michael Solomonov sees his mission as connecting people to the food of his homeland. "That, to me, is my life's work," he says. Solomonov's new cookbook is Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking.

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In 'Love And Techno,' The World Is Cruel — But The People Aren't (Mostly)

12 hours 11 min ago

Anthony Marra's new short story collection is a hundred-year relay of Russian history, full of black, bone-dry humor and characters who are often (but not always) as awful as the worlds they live in.

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A Mixtape Of Russian History In 'Love And Techno'

19 hours 26 min ago

Anthony Marra's new book, The Tsar of Love and Techno, is a collection of stories playing out over nearly a century of change in Russia. He tells NPR he wants the book to function like a mixtape.

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Grace Jones: 'I'm A Bit Split Personality'

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 3:47pm

The gender-bending musician and supermodel discusses how her past and her personality inform her new book, I'll Never Write My Memoirs.

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An Intergalactic Adventure Winds To A Close In 'Ancillary Mercy'

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 6:03am

Ann Leckie's powerhouse space-opera trilogy followed a soldier out to bring down a galactic empress. Critic Genevieve Valentine says the final volume is rich in detail, and a fitting capstone.

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From Solitary To Stardom On The Court: What It Means To Be 'Tuff'

Sun, 10/04/2015 - 4:30pm

Before his success in the NBA, Caron Butler overcame a rocky youth in the inner city. Drugs and violence nearly derailed him — but, as he writes in a new memoir, he managed a dramatic turnaround.

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Too-Insidery 'Razzle' Sadly Doesn't Dazzle

Sun, 10/04/2015 - 9:03am

Theater critic Michael Riedel dishes some juicy backstage anecdotes in his new book about Broadway's Shubert Organization, but fails to bring its deal-makers and their troubles to convincing life.

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How A Show About Zombies Looks At Legacies Of Real Violence

Sun, 10/04/2015 - 9:03am

Fear The Walking Dead is telling a story not often explores on prime-time television: generational rifts over the violence that immigrant parents have experienced.

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In Trove Of Kids' Book Treasures, A Glimpse Of The Work Behind The Magic

Sun, 10/04/2015 - 7:55am

Once a doctor's hobby, the Kerlan Collection is now one of the world's great collections of children's literature. Over 100,000 books offer visitors a chance to see the writer's process — for free.

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Good Gourd! What's With All The Weird-Looking Squash?

Sun, 10/04/2015 - 7:14am

Cinderella pumpkins just don't cut it for fall decor anymore. Squash and gourds come in all sorts of colors and sizes — and as far as consumers are concerned, the stranger, the better.

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Where There's A Will: Shakespeare Remixed In 'The Gap Of Time'

Sun, 10/04/2015 - 7:14am

You've heard of cover songs — now, a group of authors are writing cover plays, retelling the works of Shakespeare in their own words. Jeanette Winterson leads off, reimagining The Winter's Tale.

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'M Train' Is A Poetic Journey Through Life And Loss

Sun, 10/04/2015 - 6:00am

Patti Smith's new memoir is a dreamy, elegiac recollection of loved ones gone too soon, energized by her interests and travels. It jumps in time, from her husband's death in 1994 to Hurricane Sandy.

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