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Book News: Harper Lee Says New Biography Is Unauthorized

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 6:53am

Also: Marvel's Thor is now a woman; the origins of cool.

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'Pirates In The Heartland': At Least This Review Is Safe For Work

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 6:03am

Pioneering underground comic artist (and R. Crumb collaborator) S. Clay Wilson's work is not for the faint of heart — or uneasy of stomach. Volume 1 of a new anthology of his work is out now.

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The Grandes Dames Of The Sea Ply The Tuscan Waters

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 2:43am

A most unusual regatta recently celebrated vintage yachts, some more than 100 years old, and a time when sailing the oceans depended on well-trained crews with little more than compass and sextant.

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U.S. Customs Seize Giant African Snails Bound For Dinner Plates

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 3:06pm

Officials say the snails are "highly invasive, voracious pests" that eat paint and stucco off houses. But the snails are a prized delicacy in West Africa, where they're marinated or grilled on sticks.

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An Army Wife Charts Her Struggles In 'No Man's War'

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 2:01pm

In her new book, Angela Ricketts writes about raising three kids while her husband deployed eight times over 22 years. Each separation "kind of blackens your soul," she says.

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At This Summer's TV Press Tour, A Resounding Sense Of 'Meh'

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 10:51am

Despite what some people think, critics don't love to hate things. At press tour right now there's a glumness that has settled in that can be traced to the fact that we're just not loving anything.

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Book News: Pakistani Civil Servant Who Published Debut Novel At 79 Dies

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 6:47am

Also: Kenyan author Okwiri Oduor has won the prestigious Caine Prize for African Writing.

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En Garde! 'Traitor's Blade' Delivers Adventure At Swordpoint

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 6:03am

Former fight choreographer Sebastien de Castell's debut novel is a little heavy on the swordplay — but the story of a disgraced king's guard fighting for honor and justice packs plenty of punch.

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En Garde! 'Traitor's Blade' Delivers Adventure At Swordpoint

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 6:03am

Former fight choreographer Sebastien de Castell's debut novel is a little heavy on the swordplay — but the story of a disgraced king's guard fighting for honor and justice packs plenty of punch.

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Travel Disasters Bring Out The Best, The Worst ... And The Cannibalism

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 2:29am

Tales about travel don't always end well: Planes crash into jungles and ships run aground. For NPR's "Book Your Trip" series, Lynn Neary considers the rich genre of travel disaster literature.

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Was The Green Turtle The First Asian-American Superhero?

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 2:28am

A new graphic novel written by Gene Luen Yang re-imagines the Green Turtle, a mysterious superhero created during World War II, as the American-born son of Chinese immigrants.

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Writer Nadine Gordimer Captured Apartheid's Contradictions

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 4:15pm

The South African Nobel laureate was an associate of Nelson Mandela's, and while she was never imprisoned, several of her books were banned by the government. She died Sunday at the age of 90.

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Sandwich Monday: The Teriyaki Tofu Burger From Gabutto Burger

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 2:35pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a burger that replaces the beef with a deep-fried tofu patty.

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'Mockingbird Next Door': A Genteel Peek Into Harper Lee's Quiet Life

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 2:32pm

After Harper Lee wrote To Kill A Mockingbird, she became a recluse and lived with her sister, Alice, in Alabama. Reporter Marja Mills uses rich detail to provides glimpses into their twilight years.

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How A Factory Man Fought To Save His Furniture Company

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 2:16pm

Virginia furniture owner John Bassett III was determined to beat out foreign competitors. Author Beth Macy documents him, and the collapse of the U.S. furniture industry, in her new book, Factory Man.

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Nadine Gordimer: Wise Words About Bettering A Troubled World

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 12:20pm

She lived in a country where people suffered because of the color of their skin. And she had a knack for saying just the right thing to inspire us to stand up for all the world's needy souls.

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Asking Katherine Heigl The 'Difficult' Question At Press Tour

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 11:56am

During a press conference about NBC's new fall drama State of Affairs, TV critic Eric Deggans asked the show's star an "elephant in the room" question.

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Book News: Famed Philosopher Accused Of Plagiarizing White Separatist Journal

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 7:01am

Also: Joshua Rothman on Virginia Woolf; the winners of the Shirley Jackson Awards.

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Kids' Films And Stories Share A Dark Theme: Dead Mothers

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 4:03pm

Why do so many animated movies star motherless kids? Sarah Boxer, a graphic novelist, cartoon-lover and mother, talks to NPR's Kelly McEvers about the phenomenon and the message it sends to children.

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William T. Vollmann Tells 'Last Stories And Other Stories'

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 4:03pm

"I've always wanted to write fiction and nonfiction at the same time," Vollmann says. In recent years he's written nonfiction, but his new work is a collection of stories about love, lust and ghosts.

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