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8 Picture Books You Don't Have To Be A Kid To Love

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 6:00am

Here at NPR Books, we may be grown-ups, but we still enjoy channeling our inner 7-year-olds. And this week, we have the perfect excuse: Monday's Caldecott Medal announcement for picture book artistry.

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Remembering 'Thorn Birds' Author Colleen McCullough

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 4:36am

Australian writer Colleen McCullough has died at 77; she was best known for her doomed Outback romance saga The Thorn Birds, famously adapted for TV with Richard Chamberlain as a passionate priest.

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Remembering 'Thorn Birds' Author Colleen McCullough

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 4:36am

Australian writer Colleen McCullough has died at 77; she was best known for her doomed Outback romance saga The Thorn Birds, famously adapted for TV with Richard Chamberlain as a passionate priest.

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Why Do We Love Football So Much? Theater Tackles Tough Questions

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 4:31am

A play based on interviews with former NFL players, their families and fans digs deep: What's so fun about a sport that devastates bodies and brains? And what if it can't be made safer?

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Why Do We Love Football So Much? Theater Tackles Tough Questions

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 4:31am

A play based on interviews with former NFL players, their families and fans digs deep: What's so fun about a sport that devastates bodies and brains? And what if it can't be made safer?

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The 'Man Who Touched His Own Heart' Changed Medicine

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 3:59pm

Melissa Block talks to Rob Dunn about his new book, The Man Who Touched His Own Heart, a history of science and medicine's efforts to understand the working of the human heart.

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One-Man Show Casts 'Brilliant' Light On Realities Of Suicide, Depression

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 3:39pm

The off-Broadway play Every Brilliant Thing tackles its dark subject through audience participation and comedy. Both critics and audience members have described it as incredibly moving.

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When Islamists Impose Their Will In 'Timbuktu,' One Family Resists

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 1:24pm

The movie, one of five Academy Award nominees for best foreign language film this year, is about radical Islamists occupying the city in Mali. Remarkably, it's often on the verge of being a comedy.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Jane The Virgin' And Sexy Sex Thrillers

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 9:17am

Both the sublime and the ridiculous get thorough airings this week as the team takes on the fine CW show Jane The Virgin and the bonkers sex thriller The Boy Next Door.

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Songwriter, Poet Rod McKuen Dies At 81

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 7:52am

Rod McKuen is credited with more than 200 albums and more than 30 collections of poetry. He died on Thursday after a lengthy illness.

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From Laundering To Profiteering, A Multitude Of Sins At The Vatican Bank

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 3:15am

In God's Bankers Gerald Posner explores the history of money, power and the church. During World War II, he says, the Vatican made money off of the life insurance policies of Jews sent to death camps.

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The Gift Of Eternal Shelf Life: 'Tuck Everlasting' Turns 40

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 5:11pm

In Natalie Babbitt's celebrated classic, a young girl stumbles upon a secret spring and the family the spring has given eternal life to. Babbitt says she wrote the book to help kids understand death.

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The Arctic Circle's Coolest Accommodations Turn 25 Years Old

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 4:21pm

The Icehotel in Sweden, built in winter and vanishing in spring, is the original hotel carved from snow and ice bricks. It's also an art project; sculptors compete for the chance to carve out rooms.

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NBC's 'Parenthood' Ends As A Family Drama Built On Small Moments

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 4:10pm

NBC's Parenthood airs its final episode, wrapping after six seasons. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says it's a rare gem; a family drama centered on the small, emotional moments between relatives.

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In 'Outline,' A Series Of Conversations Are Autobiographies In Miniature

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 1:21pm

Rachel Cusk's novel centers on a writer and mother recovering from divorce who teaches a summer course in Athens, Greece. The narrator has 10 conversations filled with holes, lies and self-deceptions.

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Low-Key, Real Life Heroism In 'March: Book Two'

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 9:03am

Congressman John Lewis continues his graphic memoir series about the civil rights movement in March: Book Two, and he isn't afraid to humble the famous and focus on those history often overlooks.

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A Haunting, Victorian-Inflected Dystopia In 'The Mime Order'

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 6:03am

Samantha Shannon's richly detailed followup to The Bone Season picks up with clairvoyant heroine Paige on the run after leading a revolt against the alien oppressors of her far-future England.

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'Little House,' Big Demand: Never Underestimate Laura Ingalls Wilder

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 4:35pm

Wilder's memoir reveals that she witnessed more violence than you'd ever know from her children's books. The South Dakota State Historical Society can barely keep up with demand for the autobiography.

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In 'The Americans,' Art Imitates Real Life Lies

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 4:26pm

Robert Siegel talks to Joe Weisberg, creator of the FX television series, The Americans, about the similarities between his show and recent real-life spy-related events in New York and Argentina.

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Full Of Complexity And Ambivalence, 'American Sniper' Shows The Cost Of War

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 1:37pm

The film about a Navy SEAL whose service in Iraq made him a mythic figure has become a cultural lightning rod. But the squabbles are too simple for a low-key movie striking in its lack of stridency.

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