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'Gone Girl,' Take Two: The Very, Very Spoiled Edition

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 10:23am

If you've already read Gone Girl, or if you don't mind swimming in a sea of spoilers, we've got a few thoughts that require giving up some of the book's bigger secrets.

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Book News: First-Ever Kirkus Prize Picks 18 Finalists

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 6:16am

Kirkus Reviews has been around, in varying forms, for over 80 years — but it's the new kid in town this awards season. Today, the publication announced the finalists for its inaugural Kirkus Prize.

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In A Desolate Montana, 'The Ploughmen' Unearths Dark Truths

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 6:03am

Kim Zupan's debut novel is about the relationship between a deputy sheriff and a hardened killer. This book explores the line between good and evil in a manner that's as honest as it is unsettling.

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'Gone Girl': A Missing Wife And A Cloud Of Suspicion

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 5:07am

Director David Fincher's excellent adaptation of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl relies on stellar performances and ultimately on a diabolically twisting narrative structure.

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Vaccine Controversies Are As Social As They Are Medical

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 2:35am

In writing her new book On Immunity, Eula Biss found that questions about vaccination touch on attitudes about environmentalism, citizenship and trust in the government.

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Novelist Caitlin Moran Wryly Shows 'How To Build A Girl'

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 5:03pm

Caitlin Moran's semi-autobiographical novel is an earnestly written look at a young woman's self-reinvention. How to Build a Girl tackles class, gender and sexuality with both humor and sincerity.

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Book Review: 'All The Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid'

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 3:13pm

The new book by Matt Bai explores the political resonance of Gary Hart, whose presidential ambitions were dashed when he revealed he had an affair.

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Sandwich Monday: The Pizza Cake

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 2:05pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the Pizza Cake, which is a fancy way of saying "a bunch of pizzas stacked on top of each other."

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Lena Dunham On Sex, Oversharing And Writing About Lost 'Girls'

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 1:05pm

Dunham says when she started writing HBO's Girls, she was drawn to characters with "a bit of a Zelda Fitzgerald lost, broken woman quality." Her new essay collection is called Not That Kind of Girl.

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Book News: Listen To The First-Timers Nominated For PEN Prize

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 6:19am

A night before the winner's declared, the writers shortlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize read their works. Listen here first. Also: Thomas Pynchon might soon be coming to the big screen.

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'Rooms' Is Haunted By People (And Ghosts) That Can't Let Go

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 6:03am

YA author Lauren Oliver's debut adult novel features an old mansion occupied by dysfunctional characters, both living and dead. Oliver fits these seemingly disparate lives together like a puzzle ring.

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'Equalizer' Devotes Time To Character Development, Graphic Violence

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 4:12am

When Denzel Washington and director Anton Fuqua collaborated on 2001's Training Day, the film won Washington an Oscar and changed the trajectory of his career. They're together again in The Equalizer.

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Movie Theaters Hope To Add Another Dimension To Their Profits

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 4:38pm

Domestic movie ticket sales seem to have topped out. Now, cinema owners are trying to lure customers — and justify higher ticket prices — with innovations like panoramic screens and so-called 4-D.

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Inaugural Poet Recalls A Closeted Childhood Of Cultural Tension

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 4:06pm

Richard Blanco, who read "One Today" at Obama's inauguration in 2013, explores the collision of sexual, artistic and cultural identity in his new memoir about his childhood in Miami.

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'Guests' Is A Story Of Mystery, Manners And Dramatic Love

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 6:35am

NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to novelist Sarah Waters about her latest book, The Paying Guests. It's a historical novel and a lesbian love story, with a courtroom drama mixed in.

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From Glass To Artificial Light: The Innovations That Got Us To 'Now'

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 6:35am

NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks to Stephen Johnson about his new book and TV series, How We Got to Now. He looks at six innovations that he thinks shaped the modern world.

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Virtual Reality, Corporeality Collide In Cronenberg's First Novel

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 4:16pm

Director David Cronenberg's debut work of fiction is not for the faint of heart. Consumed follows two journalists as they chase stories of cannibalism, backroom surgeries, self-mutilation and murder.

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Not My Job: 'Eat, Pray, Love' Author Gets Quizzed On Dieting, Blasphemy, Hate

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 10:40am

We ask Elizabeth Gilbert about the opposites of eating, praying and loving. Her latest novel is called The Signature of All Things.

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Confined In China, Ai Weiwei Directs Alcatraz Exhibit From Afar

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 9:44am

The dissident Chinese artist uses San Francisco's former island prison to contrast themes of freedom and restriction.

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Writer Paul Theroux: The Short Story Is 'Diabolically Hard To Master'

Sat, 09/27/2014 - 8:04am

"It's only 10 or 15 pages," he says, "but still you got to get it right." Theroux's new collection, Mr. Bones, tells stories of the odd person out.

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