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Book Review: 'Belzhar' By Meg Wolitzer

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 3:38pm

Novelist Gabrielle Zelvin reviews Meg Wolitzer's new young adult book, Belzhar.

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At 83, Dancer Carmen De Lavallade Looks Back At A Life Spent Onstage

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 3:38pm

De Lavallade's husband of 59 years, dancer Geoffrey Holder, died on Oct. 5. "He was my biggest fan and I was the same way with him," she says. De Lavallade's one-woman show is called As I Remember It.

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To Make Bread, Watch The Dough, Not The Recipe

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 3:15pm

One man's quest for the perfect loaf took him to Paris, Berlin, California and Kansas. What he learned can't easily be captured in words. It's a feeling in your fingers that comes from experience.

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A Candid Memoir From Comedian Amy Poehler? 'Yes Please'

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 1:16pm

Poehler joins Fresh Air's Terry Gross to talk about fighting the body image "demon," being a "world-class snooper" and how she was once told that she had a "great face for wigs."

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Book News: 2 Popular Books May Be Coming To TV

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 9:25am

Ann Leckie's sci-fi epic Ancillary Justice and Karen Russell's St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves have been optioned for TV. Meanwhile, a long-lost Malcolm Lowry novel sees publication.

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'Slow Regard' Is A Riddle, Wrapped In A Mystery, Living In An Underground Tunnel

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 6:03am

Patrick Rothfuss' new novella is a dreamy flight of fantasy that follows a secondary character in his vast Kingkiller Chronicle: Auri, a quiet young woman living in a sprawling, secret tunnel network.

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The Battle For Dreamland, Revisited In 'Nemo'

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 6:03am

A lavishly produced new tribute to Winsor McCay's Little Nemo comics gathers dozens of today's artists to revisit Slumberland. Critic Etelka Lehoczky says the book is beautiful but unchallenging.

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75 Years Of 'Colossal Poets' And Live Literature At NYC's 92nd Street Y

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 3:22pm

Writer Cynthia Ozick attended readings at the Y in the '50s. "You saw these icons standing in a blaze of brilliant spotlight," she says, "and you felt that you were at the crux of all civilization."

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The Man Behind Wonder Woman Was Inspired By Both Suffragists And Centerfolds

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 2:28pm

Wonder Woman's creator, William Moulton Marston, had a secret life: He had a wife and a mistress and fathered children with both of them. Jill Lepore explains in The Secret History of Wonder Woman.

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Gladiator Gatorade? Ancient Athletes Had A Recovery Drink, Too

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 12:07pm

Gladiators guzzled a drink made from plant ash to help their bodies recover after a hard day of sword fighting, according to Roman accounts. New tests of old bones back up that idea.

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Irish Dance Steps Up Diversity

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 10:08am

As the All Ireland Dancing Championships kick off, more performers from across the world and of all racial backgrounds are stepping into the world of competitive Irish dancing.

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Irish Dancers Today May Look Different Than You Remember

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 10:08am

If you haven't been paying attention to Irish dancing since Riverdance, you might be surprised by the ethnic diversity on display as the All Ireland Dancing Championships kick off this week.

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Love Is Saying 'Sari': The Quest To Save A South Asian Tradition

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 3:36am

Commentator Sandip Roy says the traditional sari has been falling out of fashion in the new India, but designers are turning to pop art prints and other changes to boost its appeal.

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Watch This: Crime Writer James Ellroy Recommends — What Else? — Noir Flms

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 3:36am

The author of L.A. Confidential discusses his favorite flicks, including a 1963 Akira Kurosawa film he says may be the greatest crime movie he's ever seen.

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LeVar Burton Reads 'Go The [Expletive] To Sleep'

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 4:09pm

To any over-exhausted parents who suspect they're hallucinating, we assure you: former Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton gave a reading of the 2011 bestseller this weekend.

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After The Blackwater Convictions, A Book On Iraq's Nightmarish Reality

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 4:01pm

This week, four former Blackwater guards were found guilty in connection with a fatal shooting in 2007. Author Brian Castner recommends a book on the toll violence has taken on Iraq.

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The Freaky, Fabulous, Feminist 'Secret History' Of Wonder Woman

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 4:18am

Jill Lepore's new book about Wonder Woman reveals the unconventional life of her creator, William Moulton Marston, who invented the lie detector, championed feminism, and lived with two women at once.

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The Freaky, Fabulous, Feminist 'Secret History' Of Wonder Woman

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 4:18am

Jill Lepore's new book about Wonder Woman reveals the unconventional life of her creator, William Moulton Marston, who invented the lie detector, championed feminism, and lived with two women at once.

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The Serious History Of Hocus Pocus In 'Penguin Book Of Witches'

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 4:17am

In Colonial America, a witch was not a Halloween costume, but a criminal. NPR's Rachel Martin revisits this moment in history with Katherine Howe, editor of the new Penguin Book of Witches.

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A New Lending Library — For Your Kitchen

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 5:17pm

Fondue sets, ice cream makers and juicers are fun to have, but they take up a lot of cash — and counter space. So a new Toronto start-up offers subscription-based access to borrowed appliances.

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