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Addiction Is A Family Affair In 'Mayhem'

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 9:00am

Sigrid Rausing is heir to a packaging fortune and a global philanthropist, but her new memoir describes a painfully ordinary family tragedy: her sister-in-law's drug addiction, struggle and death.

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People And Animals, 'Falling And Flying,' Make For A Hypnotic Read

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 6:00am

Ben Loory's new story collection is dreamlike in the best way: both cheerfully surreal and cosmically unsettling, full of lovelorn cephalopods, discontented sloths and the occasional darker touch.

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Fiery And Nuanced, 'Tales Of Two Americas' Sheds Light On Economic Inequality

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 1:00pm

This collection of essays, poems, and short stories — edited by John Freeman — makes for a gripping and intensely personal examination of inequality, transience and displacement in America.

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Loudon Wainwright III Opens Up About The 'Exes & Excess' That Inform His Music

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 9:36am

Wainwright has written remarkable songs about family, and how we hurt and heal each other. Now he details his life as a husband, father, son, philanderer and musician in the memoir Liner Notes.

'The World Of Tomorrow' Is A Huge Story, Told Intimately

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 6:00am

Brendan Mathew's The World of Tomorrow follows three Irish brothers having the best (or the worst) week of their lives, in 1939 New York. It's a serious literary novel, but full of madcap flourishes.

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Mother-Daughter Filmmakers Continue Rom-Com Family Tradition In 'Home Again'

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 5:00am

Hallie Meyers-Shyer says she doesn't mind being compared to her mom, Nancy Meyers (Something's Gotta Give, The Intern). "She's synonymous with the genre and I think it's been a positive influence."

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'Sing' Mourns The Dead, Both Buried And Unburied

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 2:00am

Jesmyn Ward's lush and lonely new novel is set amid the mud, blood and heat of Mississippi. It's a road-trip odyssey complicated by hunger, sickness and the murderous racism that infects the town.

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Leaving The Past Behind — Or Trying To — In Rushdie's Latest

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 3:29pm

Salman Rushdie's The Golden House explores the idea of reinvention in America, through an Indian family whose shady patriarch may not be able to escape his past, despite fleeing across the Atlantic.

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Fall Movie Preview: 'Tried And True' To 'Really Out There'

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 3:29pm

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello provides a selective preview of what Hollywood has in store for moviegoers this fall.

Novelist John Le Carré Reflects On His Own 'Legacy' Of Spying

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 2:29pm

The 85-year-old novelist worked for MI5 and MI6 early in his career. "I felt I had to suppress my humanity," he says of those years. His new novel is called A Legacy of Spies.

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'Blood, Sweat, And Pixels': For Designers Of Video Games, It's Always Crunch Time

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 9:00am

Journalist Jason Schreier walks readers through the development of 10 recent games, finding marked similarities in the essential infrastructure of their design and production.

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In 'A Legacy Of Spies,' John Le Carré Goes Back Out In 'The Cold'

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 4:04am

Former CIA operative Valerie Plame says pop culture doesn't usually get espionage right — but le Carré comes close. His new novel is a kind of prequel to 1963's The Spy Who Came in From the Cold.

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Casting Directors On Broadway Seek To Unionize

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 3:50pm

Broadway casting directors are seeking to unionize like their colleagues in Hollywood, who are already represented. But Broadway producers are resisting and have even threatened to sue, despite support for the casting directors throughout the Broadway community.

Acclaimed Poet John Ashbery Dies At 90

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 3:50pm

John Ashbery began winning awards with his first collection of poems. He went on to earn a Pulitzer, the National Book Award and many, many others. Despite his often challenging style, he was one of the most influential poets of the 20th century.

John Ashbery, Celebrated And Experimental Poet Of The 20th Century, Dies At 90

Sun, 09/03/2017 - 5:57pm

Although his enigmatic poems confounded literary critics and peers who heaped praise on him, his abstract, modernist style reinvented literature for a generation of writers.

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Actress Chloe Bennet Wants To Change The Narrative For Asian-Americans In Hollywood

Sun, 09/03/2017 - 4:24pm

Actress Chloe Bennet speaks with NPR's Michel Martin about her decision to change her last name from Wang to Bennet, so she could increase her chances of getting an acting job in Hollywood.

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For September, 3 Twisty, Turny, Thrill-Packed Romances

Sun, 09/03/2017 - 9:00am

As the weather turns cooler and we start to emerge from summer's torpor, it's time for some faster-paced romances with plenty of exciting twists and turns on the way to the happily-ever-after.

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Poems For Houston

Sun, 09/03/2017 - 7:07am

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Gwendolyn Zepeda, Houston's first poet laureate, about the spotlight on the city during Hurricane Harvey.

In 'World Of Tomorrow,' A Novelist Found Echoes Of 1939, Today

Sun, 09/03/2017 - 7:07am

Brendan Mathews' debut novel is a sprawling story of three Irish brothers and their adventures in America on the cusp of World War II.

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'Sourdough' Rises Like A Good Loaf

Sun, 09/03/2017 - 3:42am

Robin Sloan's latest is a beautiful, small, sweet, quiet book that takes a deep dive into the world of food, underground restaurants and markets, and the magic power of a good sourdough starter.

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