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Book News: Fantasy Novelist Graham Joyce Dies

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 6:19am

Also: Ursula K. Le Guin and Louise Erdrich will receive lifetime achievement awards; Judge Judy is giving away her new book for free.

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Challenging, Shattering 'Girl' Is No Half-Formed Thing

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 6:03am

Eimear McBride's debut uses fractured poetry to tell the story of a young girl trying to drown mental anguish with physical pain. Critic Heller McAlpin calls it devastating and ferociously original.

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Oates' Latest Story Collection Is 'Dark, Deep' And Marvelous

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 6:03am

It's a cliche at this point to talk about how incredibly prolific Joyce Carol Oates is; critic Alan Cheuse says it's not the quantity but the quality — and her latest story collection is wonderful.

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'Sons of Anarchy' Succeeds As A Soap Opera Geared Toward Guys

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 8:54pm

As FX's popular drama begins its seventh and final season, NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says the show works because it balances melodrama with bullets and biker gangs.

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In 'Patrimony' Philip Roth Pays A Tender Homage To His Father

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 3:27pm

Patrimony is a nonfiction account — almost a diary — that Roth wrote about the last years of his father's life. Author Ben Dolnick calls it one of Roth's best and most surprising books.

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Toronto, Day 5: A Different Steve Carell And The Sad Tale Of Alan Turing

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 7:39am

Fine performances in films based on real events lead our coverage of our fifth day at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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Exclusive First Read: Caitlin Moran's 'How To Build A Girl'

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

Read an exclusive excerpt of Caitlin Moran's rollicking new autobiographical novel about a girl who, after a terrible embarrassment, reinvents herself as a hard-drinking, wild-living music critic.

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God Is Dead In This 'City Of Stairs.' Several Gods, In Fact

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

Robert Jackson Bennett's new novel starts slowly, but blossoms into a richly imagined fantasy world in which the banned gods of a conquered city may not be so far gone after all.

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9 Ridiculously Cute 'Underwater Puppies.' (You're Welcome.)

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 2:32am

Seth Casteel explains the logistics of shooting his latest book: "I'm wearing a dog costume so that the dogs can feel like I'm one of the pack. ... Just kidding. ... I usually just wear a wet suit."

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Misty Copeland On Broadening 'Beauty' And Being Black In Ballet

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

In her new children's book, Firebird, Copeland seeks to inspire other young African-American dancers. "It's hard to be the one that stands out," she says.

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James Ellroy's 'Perfidia' Is A Brutal, Beautiful Police Procedural

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 5:39pm

Perfidia is a sprawling novel that takes place in 1940s LA. There are Pearl Harbor, internment camps, schemes within schemes. Ellroy weaves an epic tale that evokes an ugly time and an awful place.

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Sandwich Monday: Arby's Meat Mountain

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 3:37pm

Avert your eyes, vegetarians, because for this week's Sandwich Monday, we try the infamous new sandwich from Arby's: The Meat Mountain.

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In A Brilliantly Disorienting Film, A Teenager Is 'Starred Up' To An Adult Prison

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 12:45pm

The British drama depicts remarkable characters, including an angry teenager who meets two father figures behind bars. It's a prison film that's shattering beyond physical violence.

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How 'Gatsby' Went From A Moldering Flop To A Great American Novel

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 12:25pm

In So We Read On, Maureen Corrigan looks at the story behind The Great Gatsby, from F. Scott Fitzgerald's life to the the era in which it's set. She says it's her favorite novel, but it wasn't always.

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Try This On For Size: Personal Styling That Comes In The Mail

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 12:09pm

Too busy for the mall? Online services like Stitch Fix and Trunk Club attempt to re-create personal shopping relationships of yesterday, powered by today's data analytics.

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Toronto, Day Four: Pop Stars, Chess Prodigies, And Battling Science

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 6:07am

A fine romance, a period chess drama, and a disturbing documentary mark a Sunday at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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Horton Meets A ... Who? Introducing The Kwuggerbug, From Seuss' 'Lost Stories'

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 2:20am

Seuss died in 1991, but a new collection of his lesser-known work comes out Tuesday. Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories includes four tales Seuss originally wrote as magazine columns.

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Fact Meets Fiction In Tale Of A Slave, Explorer And Survivor

Sun, 09/07/2014 - 4:36pm

A Moroccan slave named Estebanico was one of only four men to survive a 1528 expedition to America from Spain. The Moor's Account, a fictional memoir by Laila Lalami, tells the story through his eyes.

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How Dolph Lundgren Went From Chemical Engineer To Action Star

Sun, 09/07/2014 - 4:24pm

Before he was Ivan Drago or He-Man, Lundgren was just another 6-foot 5-inch Swede with a black belt in karate and a degree in chemical engineering — who turned down a scholarship to MIT for show-biz.

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Toronto, Day 3: Reitman, Costner, Kendrick, Race, Gender And Euthanasia

Sun, 09/07/2014 - 7:03am

A very full Saturday at the Toronto International Film Festival brought new films from major stars, an impressive musical, and a very bad film about racial politics.

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