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Two Flags, A Shelf Of Books, One Beautiful Game

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 11:08am

As Colombia's national team prepares to take the field again in the 2014 World Cup, critic (and proud Colombian-American) Juan Vidal muses on soccer, literature and national identity.

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Book News: Cache Of Unpublished Pablo Neruda Poems Found In Chile

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 8:15am

Also: Evie Wyld's gorgeous, grim novel All the Birds, Singing has won the Encore award; Clinton's Hard Choices sold more than 100,000 copies in its first week.

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A Thousand Stories, Brilliantly Collapsed In 'Bulletproof Vest'

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 6:03am

Maria Venegas' emotionally raw, technically complex new memoir chronicles her troubled relationship with her father, a man whose life was dominated — and eventually ended — by violence.

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The Return of 'Rectify,' A Critical Darling Sprung From Death Row

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 3:22pm

Rectify is a dark, contemplative TV drama about a man released from prison after two decades on death row. It was also a critical favorite in its first season. For a glimpse into its creation, NPR's Elizabeth Blair talks to show creator Ray McKinnon and actors Aden Young and Abigail Spencer.

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What Does Body Ink Say About NBA Players' Pain And Personalities?

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 1:26pm

According to Ethan Swan's blog 'NBA Tattoos,' 55 percent of basketball players in the league are tattooed. Swan shares what he's learned about the athletes from tracking their body ink.

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Book News: Author Of Sci-Fi Classic 'Flowers For Algernon' Dies

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 6:35am

Also: NPR Books launches a new series called "Book Your Trip"; David Levithan on why it's important for LGBTQ characters to be well represented in YA novels.

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Weiner Takes A Tumble With 'All Fall Down'

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 5:49am

Jennifer Weiner's latest tells the tale of a suburban mom whose outwardly-happy life is derailed by pills. Reviewer Annalisa Quinn says the book is hampered by clumsy writing and cruel stereotypes.

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From 'The Magic Tree House,' Kids Branch Out To Chapter Books

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 3:06pm

The series uses simple language and fanciful adventures to introduce kids to literature, history and science. Author Mary Pope Osborne has visited some 1,800 schools, giving away her books to kids.

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In 'My Name Is Salt,' The Toil And Joy Of India's Salt Harvest

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 2:06pm

My Name Is Salt documents three generations of a family harvesting the essential seasoning in the blazing desert heat of Gujarat, India. But rather than decry their hard labor, the film honors it.

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Joshua Ferris Takes On Atheism In 'To Rise Again'

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 1:30pm

In the author's third novel, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour, the protagonist is a dentist obsessed with death. Joshua Ferris says he wanted to explore neo-atheism and the meaning of life through him.

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Man Freed After Confessing To Killing Son During Interrogation

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 11:04am

After years in prison, Adrian Thomas was found not guilty for the murder of his infant son. His story was told in Scenes of a Crime. In this encore broadcast, the film's co-director explains the case.

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Man Emerges From Picasso's Painting 'The Blue Room'

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 10:03am

The painting's surface depicts a scene in Pablo Picasso's studio in Paris, with a woman bathing between a window and a table. But the canvas holds a different scene underneath.

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Book News: Apple Settles In E-Book Price-Fixing Lawsuit

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 6:30am

Also: Sherlock Holmes is now (mostly) in the public domain; Daniel Genis writes about celebrating Bloomsday in prison.

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The Human Heart And Its Rhythmic Magnificence

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 4:33am

Rhythm comes in different forms from music and poetry to those inside our bodies. There's art based on the most primal rhythm of all: the beating of the human heart.

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Book Your Trip: Because Reading Is About The Journey

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 4:03am

The Mouse and the Motorcycle and The Motorcycle Diaries? Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Go, Dog, Go!? Members of the NPR Books team explain how they assembled their unconventional summer lists.

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In Yabbies And Cappuccino, A Culinary Lifeline For Aboriginal Youth

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 3:41am

Australia has a long, dark history of racial discrimination against the Aborigines. A cooking and hospitality program tries to help youth discover their culture and build confidence and competence.

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Eccentric Heiress' Untouched Treasures Head For The Auction Block

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 3:40am

Huguette Clark secretly spent her last 20 years in a hospital, even though she wasn't ill — all while her three New York apartments were filled with valuable antiques.

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'The Unwitting' Explores The Lure Of Complicity

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 5:04pm

The Unwitting by Ellen Feldman is part love story, part mystery and part political thriller set during the Cold War.

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'Fargo' TV Series Captures The Best And Worst Of America

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 2:41pm

The finale of the Fargo TV series airs Tuesday. The characters are different, like a deputy sheriff played by Allison Tolman. But writer Noah Hawley says the Coen brothers told him he "nailed it."

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A-List Celebrities Flock To Late-Night 'Graham Norton Show'

Mon, 06/16/2014 - 2:41pm

The late-night talk show, imported by BBC America, has been around for years. TV critic David Bianculli says it's never been better — it's like eavesdropping on an all-star cocktail party.

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