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The Truth About 'Mike's Place'

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 9:03am

Mike's Place is a real-life beach bar in Tel Aviv that could be Israel's answer to Cheers. But it's no sitcom: A new graphic novel recounts the 2003 suicide bombing left owners and patrons in shock.

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Mama's Still Alive Today: 'Meursault' Investigates A Literary Murder

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 6:03am

In The Stranger, Albert Camus' antihero Meursault famouly killed a nameless Arab; Algerian writer Kamel Daoud's new novel reworks Camus from the point of view of the murdered man's brother.

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Juan Felipe Herrera Named U.S. Poet Laureate

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 11:08pm

Already California's poet laureate, the prolific Chicano writer bears an enduring fascination for his native state — and a passion for teaching that's likely to shape his time in the new role.

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Napoleon In New Jersey: Gym, Tan, Conquer?

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 3:23pm

Historian Munro Price's new Napoleon: End of Glory imagines what might have happened had the French emperor followed through with a planned flight to America after his final defeat at Waterloo.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour Small Batch: 'Sense8'

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 12:58pm

Glen Weldon and Audie Cornish sit down to chat about the new Netflix series Sense8.

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As American As Iced Tea: A Brief, Sometimes Boozy History

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 12:57pm

At least as early as Colonial times, Americans were drinking iced tea, though early alcohol-laden recipes had more in common with the cocktail from Long Island than the stuff sold by Lipton.

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India's 1947 Partition And The 'Deadly Legacy' That Persists To This Day

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 12:49pm

In his new book, Midnight's Furies, Nisid Hajari describes the riots and massacres that ensued after Pakistan was established as a separate state, and how those tensions are still playing out.

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Hogwarts Hops The Pond: Rowling Reveals U.S. Version Of Wizards' School

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 12:01pm

In a series of tweets with fans, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling confirmed that Americans have their own version of the legendary school of witchcraft and wizardry.

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'Louisa Meets Bear' Is More Than The Sum Of Its Parts

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 9:18am

Lisa Gornick's new novel-slash-story collection turns around the long and stormy relationship between the title characters. Critic Michael Schaub says the book "may not be comforting, but it's true."

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Coping With Calamity In Shimmering 'Cathedral'

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 6:03am

The aging characters in Kate Walbert's new novel are learning to go with the flow as waters rise and life takes strange turns. Critic Heller McAlpin praises Walbert's ability to capture women's lives.

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If Jimmy Fallon Gets His Way, 'Your Baby's First Word Will Be Dada'

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 2:54am

The Tonight Show host's new children's book was inspired by his daughters. He tells NPR about his efforts to trick his first daughter into saying "dada" and his family's struggle to conceive.

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This Year, Women (And Girls) Rule The Big Screen

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 3:55pm

NPR film critic Bob Mondello notes that this year's most popular movies are surprisingly woman-centric. That's more than any other time in at least three decades.

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This 'Book Of Numbers' Speaks A Human Language

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 3:38pm

Writer Joshua Cohen says his new novel (about a journalist and a tech mogul both also named Joshua Cohen) aims to reclaim the Internet. "It's made of our humanity," he tells NPR's Robert Siegel.

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Georgia's Giant Clay Pots Hold An 8,000-Year-Old Secret To Great Wine

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 1:14pm

Making ancient Georgian wine is pretty uncomplicated: Toss grapes into a huge, egg-shaped pot, bury it, walk away. What comes out is an orange wine with a deep tannin flavor prized around the world.

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Bombs Blast And Time Marches On In 'A God In Ruins'

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 12:16pm

Kate Atkinson's novel both mourns the passing of the World War II generation and allows readers to vicariously enter into the experience of the war. It's a companion to her 2013 book, Life After Life.

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WATCH: 11-Year-Old Sydney Lucas Destroys At The Tony Awards

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 11:02am

If you haven't yet seen the most memorable performance from Sunday night's Tony Awards, from the musical Fun Home, now's the time.

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In Debut Novel, Air Force Officer Questions How We Honor Our Veterans

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 4:31pm

Jesse Goolsby, author of I'd Walk with My Friends If I Could Find Them, says it's not only a question of appreciation. "We just want a conversation about what our country asks of us," Goolsby says.

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Take Two (Letters) And Solve Me In The Morning

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 7:05am

Every answer today is a made-up two-word phrase, in which the two words rhyme. The initials of the two words will be provided, along with a one-word clue.

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First-Time Tony Award Nominees Enjoy New Fame, But Keep Day Jobs

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 6:26am

This year, several writers are up for Tony awards for the first time. But while the experience may be a time to celebrate, they're sticking to their day jobs and already eyeing the next project.

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Deep Connections Link The Stories In 'Louisa Meets Bear'

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 6:26am

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Lisa Gornick about her new collection of short stories, Louisa Meets Bear. The stories chart the way small decisions can ripple through seemingly unconnected lives.

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