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Full Of Warmth And Wisdom, 'Vacationers' Is A Frothy Beach Read

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 6:03am

The Vacationers is a cinematic family drama set on the picturesque island of Mallorca. While the narrative arc verges on predictable, the book's screwball charms make for a pleasant diversion.

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'Girl In The Road' Is A Dizzying Journey

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 6:03am

Monica Byrne's post-apocalyptic novel follows two women on dangerous journeys around India and Africa; reviewer Jason Heller says the vivid, haunting prose staggers under the weight of too many ideas.

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40 Years After Watergate, A Look Back At Nixon's Downfall

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 3:52pm

Political journalist Elizabeth Drew chronicled the events of 1974 in her recently-reissued Washington Journal. She tells NPR's Robert Siegel that she sees "a certain nobility" in Nixon's resilience.

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Hits And Misses From Cannes Film Festival

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 3:10pm

The annual Cannes Film Festival is underway. Audie Cornish talks with Xan Brooks, a writer for The Guardian, about his favorite movies so far. He also notes some of the festival's bombs.

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How The Koch Brothers Remade America's Political Landscape

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 3:10pm

Charles and David Koch have spent hundreds of millions of dollars trying to bring their libertarian views into the mainstream. In a new book, Daniel Schulman looks at the roots of their ideology.

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'Chameleon' Has Cabaret, Spies And A Plot Fit For Lifetime

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 1:25pm

Francine Prose's latest novel was inspired by a 1932 photo of two lesbians, one of whom was in the Gestapo. Critic Maureen Corrigan says it's an ingenious excursion into the Parisian demimonde.

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'Batman v Superman': A Legal Thriller (We Hope)

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 1:14pm

Today, we learned the title of the upcoming sequel to Man Of Steel, and we're really crossing our fingers that the whole thing is about the Rule Against Perpetuities.

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On The Trail Of Durian, Southeast Asia's 'Crème Brûlée On A Tree'

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 12:39pm

A young couple got hooked on durians after one life-changing bite in 2009. And after two years of tracking the stinky sweet fruit through Southeast Asia, they've become experts on durian tourism.

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Does It 'Suck To Be A Fat Girl'?

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 11:08am

A recent episode of FX show Louie raised some controversial questions about women, weight and body image. Did the episode miss the mark? Our panel of writers and bloggers weigh in.

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Book News: Ray Bradbury's House Is Up For Sale

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 6:08am

"Everyone must leave something behind," the author once wrote. Also: Philip Roth retires from sandwich eating. And Jane Fonda is writing a novel.

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Remembering Two Lives: Which Are The 'Real' Children?

Wed, 05/21/2014 - 6:03am

in Jo Walton's elegant, heartbreaking new novel, an elderly woman remembers two distinct lives and families, in parallel timelines splitting off from one crucial decision: to marry, or not to marry?

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Filmmaker Brings Light To Roma, Holocaust Victims Lost To History

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 4:12pm

Filmmaker Aaron Yeger tells the story of Roma Holocaust victims in the documentary A People Uncounted, and he joins the program to explain more.

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Young Poet, Big Prize: A Conversation With The Sophie Kerr Winner

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 3:27pm

Robert Siegel speaks with Alexander Stinton, the winner of the 2014 Sophie Kerr Prize, the nation's largest undergraduate literary award. Stinton is a graduate of Washington College.

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'The Maya Rudolph Show' And What It'll Take To Bring Back Variety

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 12:01pm

Rudolph's prime-time NBC special is the latest rare attempt by network TV to revive the long-dormant genre. Fresh Air's critic doesn't think they succeeded, but he encourages TV to try, try again.

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In Life And Fiction, Edward St. Aubyn Sheds The Weight Of His Past

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 12:01pm

The writer is best known for his semi-autobiographical novels about an Englishman from a posh but monstrous family. St. Aubyn's new book marks a departure from his regular writing style.

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Be Wary And Bury The Very Scary 'I Wanna Marry Harry'

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 11:02am

Fox's latest reality dating show takes a page out of the genre's trashy, dumb past to suggest that it found 12 women who believe Prince Harry is on a reality dating show.

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Book News: Politician's Story Of Growing Up Poor Wins Ondaatje Prize

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 7:11am

Also: Freegan, crowdfunding are added to Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary; Joshua Ferris talks to The Paris Review about the difficulty of naming characters.

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A 'Great Day At Sea' For A Brit Aboard An American Carrier

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 6:03am

Geoff Dyer's entertainingly cranky new book chronicles the two weeks he spent as a writer-in-residence aboard the USS George H.W. Bush, amid the buzzing activity of an aircraft carrier on the job.

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'Third Plate' Encourages A More Inclusive Eating Pattern

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 5:55am

Renee Montagne talks to chef and author Dan Barber about new book The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food.

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The Winding Stories Of A Quintessential American Spy

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 3:16pm

Among his colleagues at the CIA, Robert Ames was considered the quintessential spy. Integral in the Oslo Peace Accords, the late secret agent is now the subject of Kai Bird's book, The Good Spy.

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