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Richard Pryor, A Comedy Pioneer Who Was 'Always Whittling On Dynamite'

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 1:18pm

Scott Saul's new book Becoming Richard Pryor describes how Pryor went from being raised by a grandmother, who was a bootlegger and madam, to being a transformative figure in entertainment.

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Book News: Australian Prime Minister's 'Nasty' Move Sparks Lit-Prize Furor

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 9:13am

Tony Abbott reportedly overruled a panel judging the country's top fiction award, picking Richard Flanagan to share the prize. And one judge — famed poet Les Murray — isn't happy.

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Join The Morning Edition Book Club: We're Reading 'Deep Down Dark'

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 3:55am

Welcome to the first meeting of NPR's new book club! We're reading Hector Tobar's account of 33 men who were trapped for 69 days in a Chilean mine. Send us your questions; we may read them on-air.

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The Risks, Rewards And Mysteries Of Reporting From Iran

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 3:55am

Nazila Fathi covered Iran for The New York Times until she feared her arrest was imminent. She then fled her homeland. Her new book, The Lonely War, tells of the challenges of reporting on Iran.

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More Drinking, Less Buzz: Session Beers Gain Fans

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 5:14pm

Light beer doesn't have to mean less flavor. A growing trend is offering another option. Session beers emphasize craft-beer taste with alcohol as low or lower than big-brand light beers.

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From Potatoes To Salty Fries In School: Congress Tweaks Food Rules

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 4:41pm

The giant federal spending bill that's expected to go to a vote Thursday will give schools some flexibility in implementing nutrition standards. Also a winner: the potato lobby.

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Jacqueline Woodson On Growing Up, Coming Out And Saying Hi To Strangers

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 1:37pm

Woodson won the National Book Award for young people's literature for her memoir Brown Girl Dreaming. She says that growing up in South Carolina, she knew that the safest place was with her family.

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Book News: The Elusive Elena Ferrante Finally Speaks — Sort Of

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 9:16am

Not much is known about the acclaimed Italian novelist besides her pen name and her books. But she sat for a recent interview — conducted in writing, with her publisher as intermediary.

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WWII By The Books: The Pocket-Size Editions That Kept Soldiers Reading

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 3:54am

In the 1940s, U.S. publishers printed paperbacks — everything from romances to Westerns — that were designed for battle. Molly Guptill Manning explores their history in When Books Went to War.

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'Pelo Malo' Is A Rare Look Into Latin American Race Relations

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 3:28am

A new Venezuelan film explores racism and homophobia through the experiences of 9-year-old Junior, who drive his mother up a wall in a quest to straighten his thick, curly "pelo malo," or "bad hair."

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Best Cookbooks Of 2014 Offer Tastes And Tales From Around The Globe

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 2:30am

2014 was a year for far-away cuisines to take up residence in U.S. kitchens — cookbook authors cast their nets for flavors from Paris, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and points in between.

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The Annie Of Tomorrow Has The Same Hard Knocks, But Different Hair

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 3:43pm

The famously redheaded orphan is played this time by African American actress Quvenzhané Wallis. "The original Annie had a red Afro," points out Indiana University scholar Terri Francis.

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'Sons Of Anarchy' Ends As A Macho Soap Opera Often Anchored By Women

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 3:09pm

FX's biker drama Sons of Anarchy airs its final episode tonight, capping a seven-season run. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says cable's most macho series succeeded by finding strong roles for women.

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Book News: Random House Promises Changes To Lena Dunham Book

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 9:57am

In Not That Kind of Girl, Dunham accuses a man she identifies as Barry of sexual assault. Yet 'Barry' is a pseudonym — and the ensuing confusion has prompted her publisher to clarify matters.

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