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'Sage' Is A Naturalist's Guide To The Historic Rabbits Of Waterloo

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 9:15am

Leona Francombe's debut novel is all about rabbits: They eat, they sleep, and they think about the battle of Waterloo. Reviewer Jason Sheehan says it's a lovely story that sometimes lacks a point.

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A 'Pinch' Of Magic Seasons This Half-Fantastical Neighborhood History

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 6:03am

Steve Stern's slice of the mythical South is the Pinch, a hardscrabble immigrant neighborhood of northwest Memphis where the Torah trumps the King James Bible and the rabbis have magical powers.

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A Publishing Insider Turns The Page On A Bygone World In 'Muse'

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 3:19pm

Poet and publisher Jonathan Galassi knows just about everyone in his industry, and a lot of them turn up in his debut novel, Muse. Lynn Neary talks to Galassi about the writing (and publishing) life.

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Slavery, Famine And The Politics of Pie: What Civil War Recipes Reveal

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 3:12pm

From recipes for apple pie without apples to advice on how to treat servants, the era's cookbooks hint at the turbulence outside the kitchen window. Indeed, food helped decide the war's outcome.

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Actress Carey Mulligan Stands Out Amid The 'Madding Crowd'

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 12:12pm

The English actress has been nominated for a Tony Award for her role in the Broadway revival of Skylight. She also stars in the film adaptation of the Thomas Hardy novel Far From the Madding Crowd.

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You'll Be Caught Fast By This Delightful 'Fly Trap'

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 9:03am

Fredrik Sjöberg's wry memoir celebrates the beauty of limitations, tiny wonders and intense focus; in Sjöberg's case, a focus on the hoverflies he studies on his home island of Runmarö in Sweden.

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'Ghosts' Is An Eerie, Edgy Tale Of Perception And Possession

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 6:03am

Paul Tremblay's new novel is, on the surface, a story about a book about a reality show about a real-life event, but reviewer Jason Heller says it becomes an "unsettling conversation about the truth."

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'Ghosts' Is An Eerie, Edgy Tale Of Perception And Possession

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 6:00am

Paul Tremblay's new novel is, on the surface, a story about a book about a reality show about a real-life event, but reviewer Jason Heller says it becomes an "unsettling conversation about the truth."

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A Tome Of Peruvian Food, By Its Most Acclaimed Ambassador

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 2:41am

Gaston Acurio is the world's premiere cheerleader for Peruvian cuisine, and he's just written a cookbook. It's called Peru: The Cookbook, and has 500 recipes — including more than 20 kinds of ceviche.

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In 'Eating Lab,' A Psychologist Spills Secrets On Why Diets Fail

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 1:49pm

Diets will rarely lead to significant or sustainable weight loss, Traci Mann argues in a new book. Instead, she suggests trying proven mental strategies for reaching your "leanest, livable weight."

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Those Yoga Poses May Not Be Ancient After All, And Maybe That's OK

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 1:35pm

In her new book, Michelle Goldberg traces the Western practice of yoga to a Russian woman named Indra Devi. Goldberg says that many of the poses in modern yoga can't be traced beyond 150 years ago.

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'UnREAL' Is An Unsettling Look At Making Unsettling Television

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 10:22am

A new Lifetime drama based on a fine short film manages to engage the world of unscripted TV without either letting it off the hook or condescending to it.

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Poet And Radio Host Al Letson's Manifesto On Diversity In Public Media

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 10:03am

The host of the award-winning programs State of the Re:Union and Reveal shares his ideas about making public radio sound more like America.

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Cyber Archaeologists Rebuild Destroyed Artifacts

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 4:08am

Hundreds of ancient artifacts have been damaged or destroyed during violence in the Middle East. Researchers are using the power of crowdsourcing and 3-D imaging to re-create the ancient artifacts.

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Cyber-Archeologists Re-Create Destroyed Artifacts

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 4:08am

Hundreds of ancient artifacts have been damaged or destroyed during violence in the Middle East. Project Mosul uses the power of crowd-sourcing and 3D imaging to re-create the ancient artifacts.

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Rich Housewives Go Under The Microscope In 'Primates Of Park Avenue'

Sun, 05/31/2015 - 4:17pm

In her new book, social researcher Wednesday Martin examines the sometimes puzzling culture of motherhood in that most exotic of locales — Manhattan's Upper East Side.

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From Cuba To Florida: Diana Nyad's Final Attempt At A Record-Breaking Swim

Sun, 05/31/2015 - 4:14pm

When the distance swimmer turned 60, she vowed to complete her life's biggest challenge: a 110-mile swim from Havana to Key West. It was her fifth attempt at the feat — and, ultimately, a triumph.

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Mickey Mouse Spoke For The First Time 86 Years Ago Today

Sun, 05/31/2015 - 4:14pm

When Mickey first hit the silver screen, he was quiet as the proverbial mouse. He was an instant success, and Disney decided to give him a voice. He first spoke in an animated short film called The Karnival Kid. What were Mickey's first words?

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Racial Diversity Grows On Network Television, But Will Quality Lag Behind?

Sun, 05/31/2015 - 9:16am

Network TV's fall schedule has a lot of new shows with non-white stars and casts. But NPR television critic Eric Deggans wonders if those series will explore race and culture as well as current shows.

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A Century After His Birth, Saul Bellow's Prose Still Sparkles

Sun, 05/31/2015 - 7:49am

Bellow's centennial is being marked with reprints and a new biography. Today, critics still savor his metaphor-rich prose; his son remembers the personal pain the great writer caused.

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