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'Nimona' Shifts Shape And Takes Names — In Sensible Armor, Of Course

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 3:33pm

Comics creator Noelle Stevenson has written for Boom! Studios and Marvel's new female Thor. Her webcomic Nimona, about a young shapeshifter with a streak of villainy, has just been released as a book.

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Tom Brokaw Reflects On Cancer, 'Nightly News' And His 'Lucky Life'

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 1:53pm

The former NBC anchorman says his multiple myeloma diagnosis two years ago made him "more conscious of the fact that the days are more numbered." His new memoir is A Lucky Life Interrupted.

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Misadventures And Absurdist Charm Take Root In 'George Orwell's House'

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 12:40pm

In Andrew Ervin's comic novel, a disillusioned advertising executive rents the cottage once inhabited by dystopian author George Owell. Critic Maureen Corrigan says the funny book has a serious core.

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'Zombie Wars' Documents An Apocalypse Of Bad Decisions

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 9:03am

Alexander Hemon's darkly hilarious new novel follows a sad-sack Chicago teacher whose screenwriting dreams lead to catastrophe. Critic Michael Schaub calls it "crazy in the best sense of the word."

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A Rust Belt Story Retold, Through Portraits Of The Women Who Lived It

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 8:03am

LaToya Ruby Frazier's photography tells the story of the black community living in the shadow of Andrew Carnegie's first steel mill through portraits of her grandmother, her mother and herself.

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Remembering A Troubled Brother In 'Lord Fear'

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 6:03am

Lucas Mann's new memoir pieces together family memories to create a portrait of his heroin-addicted older brother, who died of an overdose. Critic Heller McAlpin calls it difficult but necessary.

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Puerto Rico Wants To Grow Your Next Cup Of Specialty Coffee

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 2:22am

More than a century ago, Puerto Rico used to produce world-class coffee. Now farmers there are trying to rebuild the industry by focusing on growing higher-quality beans, which command higher prices.

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For Artist Elaine De Kooning, Painting Was A Verb, Not A Noun

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 2:21am

One of de Kooning's friends once asked her what it was like to work in the shadow of her husband, Willem de Kooning. She replied: "I don't paint in his shadow, I paint in his light.'"

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