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To Preserve Black History, Americans Keep National Treasures At Home

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 5:25pm

The relics of African-American families help tell the story of America, the Smithsonian says. Museum experts are traveling the country to help identify and care for items of cultural significance.

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Ken Burns' 'The Roosevelts' Explores An American Family's Demons

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 5:18pm

In a new PBS documentary series, Burns turns his lens to Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, and how each triumphed over adversity.

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Weekly Innovation: A Hair Blowout That Comes To You

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 1:01pm

Yes, you're busy. Now you can get a salon style, without the salon. Following a trend of on-demand everything, there's an app and service for updos and blowouts that come to you.

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Three Roosevelts Come Alive In PBS Documentary, Ken Burns' Best Yet

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:59am

A 14-hour biography of Theodore, Eleanor and Franklin Delano starts Sunday. Actors including Paul Giamatti and Meryl Streep put on Emmy-worthy vocal performances reading from an Emmy-worthy script.

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Toronto, Day 6: Jennifer Aniston, Jon Stewart And Earnestness

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 7:26am

Jon Stewart's Rosewater is the highest-profile project we saw on our sixth day in Toronto.

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Book News: Fantasy Novelist Graham Joyce Dies

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 6:19am

Also: Ursula K. Le Guin and Louise Erdrich will receive lifetime achievement awards; Judge Judy is giving away her new book for free.

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Challenging, Shattering 'Girl' Is No Half-Formed Thing

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 6:03am

Eimear McBride's debut uses fractured poetry to tell the story of a young girl trying to drown mental anguish with physical pain. Critic Heller McAlpin calls it devastating and ferociously original.

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Oates' Latest Story Collection Is 'Dark, Deep' And Marvelous

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 6:03am

It's a cliche at this point to talk about how incredibly prolific Joyce Carol Oates is; critic Alan Cheuse says it's not the quantity but the quality — and her latest story collection is wonderful.

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'Sons of Anarchy' Succeeds As A Soap Opera Geared Toward Guys

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 8:54pm

As FX's popular drama begins its seventh and final season, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says the show works because it balances melodrama with bullets and biker gangs.

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In 'Patrimony' Philip Roth Pays A Tender Homage To His Father

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 3:27pm

Patrimony is a nonfiction account — almost a diary — that Roth wrote about the last years of his father's life. Author Ben Dolnick calls it one of Roth's best and most surprising books.

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Toronto, Day 5: A Different Steve Carell And The Sad Tale Of Alan Turing

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 7:39am

Fine performances in films based on real events lead our coverage of our fifth day at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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Exclusive First Read: Caitlin Moran's 'How To Build A Girl'

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 6:03am

Read an exclusive excerpt of Caitlin Moran's rollicking new autobiographical novel about a girl who, after a terrible embarrassment, reinvents herself as a hard-drinking, wild-living music critic.

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God Is Dead In This 'City Of Stairs.' Several Gods, In Fact

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 6:03am

Robert Jackson Bennett's new novel starts slowly, but blossoms into a richly imagined fantasy world in which the banned gods of a conquered city may not be so far gone after all.

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9 Ridiculously Cute 'Underwater Puppies.' (You're Welcome.)

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 2:32am

Seth Casteel explains the logistics of shooting his latest book: "I'm wearing a dog costume so that the dogs can feel like I'm one of the pack. ... Just kidding. ... I usually just wear a wet suit."

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Misty Copeland On Broadening 'Beauty' And Being Black In Ballet

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 2:30am

In her new children's book, Firebird, Copeland seeks to inspire other young African-American dancers. "It's hard to be the one that stands out," she says.

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James Ellroy's 'Perfidia' Is A Brutal, Beautiful Police Procedural

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 5:39pm

Perfidia is a sprawling novel that takes place in 1940s LA. There are Pearl Harbor, internment camps, schemes within schemes. Ellroy weaves an epic tale that evokes an ugly time and an awful place.

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Sandwich Monday: Arby's Meat Mountain

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 3:37pm

Avert your eyes, vegetarians, because for this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the infamous new sandwich from Arby's: The Meat Mountain.

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In A Brilliantly Disorienting Film, A Teenager Is 'Starred Up' To An Adult Prison

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 12:45pm

The British drama depicts remarkable characters, including an angry teenager who meets two father figures behind bars. It's a prison film that's shattering beyond physical violence.

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How 'Gatsby' Went From A Moldering Flop To A Great American Novel

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 12:25pm

In So We Read On, Maureen Corrigan looks at the story behind The Great Gatsby, from F. Scott Fitzgerald's life to the the era in which it's set. She says it's her favorite novel, but it wasn't always.

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Try This On For Size: Personal Styling That Comes In The Mail

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 12:09pm

Too busy for the mall? Online services like Stitch Fix and Trunk Club attempt to re-create personal shopping relationships of yesterday, powered by today's data analytics.

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