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Book News: Booker Prize, Now Open To U.S. Authors, Longlists 5 Americans

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 8:52am

Also: a new short story by Zadie Smith; mermaid mythology.

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'Rocket Girl' Is A Jetpack-Powered 21st Century Angel

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 6:03am

Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare's effervescent comic about a flight-suited future teenager is now out in a paperback collection. Reviewer Etelka Lehoczky calls it "a high-spirited, often funny ride."

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Happy 30th Birthday, PG-13!

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:45am

Up until 1984, the Motion Picture Association of America rated films G, PG, R or X. But that same year some gory scenes in PG-rated movies — including Indiana Jones and Gremlins — raised concerns.

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Book Review: 'Angels Make Their Hope Here'

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 4:47pm

Alan Cheuse reviews Angels Make Their Hope Here, by Breena Clarke.

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How Scientists Created A Typhus Vaccine In A 'Fantastic Laboratory'

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 2:33pm

Arthur Allen's new book, The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl, describes how a WWII scientist in Poland smuggled the typhus vaccine to Jews — while his team made a weakened version for the Nazis.

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'Audience Measurement': How Networks And Critics Are Wrestling With Numbers

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 11:22am

This year's Television Critics Association press tour found networks pitching hard for the view beyond overnight ratings. But getting the right number isn't the end of the issue.

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What 'The Golden Girls' Taught Us About AIDS

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 7:03am

In 1990 when the episode first aired, AIDS testing was still new, and myths and misinformation ran rampant. But Rose, Blanche, Dorothy and Sophia taught us that AIDS can happen to anyone.

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Book News: Thomas Berger, Author Of 'Little Big Man,' Dies

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 6:29am

Also: A survey suggests that the dispute between Amazon and Hachette may be deterring customers; Harper Lee apparently has questionable taste in coffee.

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London Through The Eyes Of Dickens In 'The Victorian City'

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 6:03am

Most of us, when we think of Victorian London, think of the work of Charles Dickens. Historian Judith Flanders' uses Dickens' words to paint a vivid portrait of a vibrant but troubled city.

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London Through The Eyes Of Dickens In 'The Victorian City'

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 6:00am

Most of us, when we think of Victorian London, think of the work of Charles Dickens. Historian Judith Flanders' uses Dickens' words to paint a vivid portrait of a vibrant but troubled city.

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With Swirls Of Steel, These Sculptures Mark The Passage Of People And Time

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 3:44am

Albert Paley's eye-catching gates, archways and sculptures frame transitions and elevate otherwise routine paths. An exhibit in Washington, D.C., is celebrating the work of the American metalsmith.

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Sandwich Monday: The Menage A Trois

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 5:01pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the Menage A Trois sandwich from Ike's Place in San Francisco. It features chicken with three sauces and three cheeses.

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This Year, Avignon Festival Is A Stage For Both Plays And Protest

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 4:08pm

The French theater event has long been a pillar of the performing arts world. But talk of changes to festival workers' off-season benefits has cast a shadow over this year's celebration.

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For These Vegans, Masculinity Means Protecting The Planet

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 3:53pm

A group of men in New York are challenging the stereotype that eating meat signifies manliness. Instead, they say that manhood can be proven by caring for the planet, not dominating it.

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By Trolley, Train, Show Boat Or Surrey, These Musicals Will Move You

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 3:17pm

When we asked movie critic Bob Mondello to contribute to our Book Your Trip series, he immediately began humming show tunes. Spend six minutes listening to this story and you'll be singing along, too.

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On 'Tomlinson Hill,' Journalist Seeks Truth And Reconciliation

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 2:20pm

Chris Tomlinson covered conflict, including apartheid in Africa, for 11 years. Then the great, great grandson of Texas slaveholders realized he needed to write a book about his family's history.

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Book News: 'Big 5' Publishers Absent From Amazon's New E-Book Service

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 6:42am

Also: North Carolina Poet Laureate Valerie Macon resigns; David Orr on James Franco's poetry.

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Writer Plumbs 'Nature Of Evil' In Hometown's Violent, Civil Rights Past

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 4:15am

Greg Iles sets his thrillers in the antebellum river city of Natchez, Miss. His latest book, Natchez Burning, pulls from true stories of the racial violence that gripped the state 50 years ago.

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Actor James Garner Of 'Rockford Files' Dies

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 4:31pm

Actor James Garner, best known for his roles in hit TV shows Maverick and The Rockford Files, has died. He was 86 years old.

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Fitness Trainer Shaun T: 'I Understand Why You Feel Weak'

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 4:31pm

Shaun Thompson, the man behind hit fitness programs Insanity and Hip Hop Abs, says he got his big break after he gained the strength to leave an abusive relationship and pursue his dreams.

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