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The 'Netflix Of Books' Hopes To Open Up The E-Book Market

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 11:48am

Oyster, the subscription e-book service, says it is opening up a retail component and has the Big Five publishers on board. The move sets up Oyster to challenge Amazon.

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Love, Violence And Lou Reed, On Display In 'The Water Museum'

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 9:03am

Things rarely end well for the people in Luis Alberto Urrea's new story collection, but there are flashes of humor. Critic Michael Schaub calls Urrea "a master storyteller with a rock and roll heart."

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Memoir, Perfectly Punctuated In 'Between You & Me'

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 6:03am

New Yorker copy editor Mary Norris' new book is part life story, part grammar guide. Reviewer Heller McAlpin says the book is delightful, and Norris is a "stickler who can't resist schtick."

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Memoir, Perfectly Punctuated In 'Between You & Me'

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 6:00am

New Yorker copy editor Mary Norris's new book is part life story, part grammar guide. Reviewer Heller McAlpin says the book is delightful, and Norris is a "stickler who can't resist schtick."

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Tea Tuesdays: How Tea + Sugar Reshaped The British Empire

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 5:45pm

When tea met sugar, they formed a power couple that altered the course of history. It was a marriage shaped by fashion, health fads and global economics. And it doomed millions of Africans to slavery.

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Bill Nighy And David Hare Team Up Again In 'Skylight' Revival

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 3:21pm

"Our paths haven't crossed — we've beaten a path towards each other," says playwright David Hare. "Bill is my favorite leading man." Nighy is now starring in a revival of Hare's Skylight on Broadway.

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Tracing The Roots Of 'The Brothers' And The Boston Marathon Bombing

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 2:06pm

As the jurors start deliberations Tuesday whether to convict Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Masha Gessen says there are still some "gaping holes" in the case. Her new book is The Brothers.

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Lucille Ball Sculptor Apologizes For 'By Far My Most Unsettling' Work

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 10:47am

"I take full responsibility for 'Scary Lucy,' " artist Dave Poulin says, adding that he didn't mean "to disparage in any way the memories of the iconic Lucy image."

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Remembering Phyllis Klotman, Who Created An Amazing Collection Of Black Cinema

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 10:46am

Phyllis R. Klotman made it her life's work to find and preserve black films. She found more than 3,000 films that may have disappeared otherwise.

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Sprawling, Soaring 'Grace Of Kings' Changes The Fantasy Landscape

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 9:03am

Ken Liu's debut is an epic saga of gods, kings and rebels, set in an invented world with echoes of pan-Asian myth. Reviewer Amal El-Mohtar calls it "beautiful, nuanced, fierce, original, and diverse."

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In 'American Warlord,' Real-Life Drama Falls Flat On The Page

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 6:03am

Johnny Dwyer's book tells the amazing, horrifying story of Chucky Taylor, son of the infamous Liberian dictator Charles Taylor. But flat writing and unforthcoming subjects make it a difficult read.

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Busy Chef Strives For Balanced Mix Of Home Life, Culinary Ambitions

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 2:26am

Restaurant owner and Top Chef finalist Bryan Voltaggio tries to find the right recipe for blending work, family duties, and the pressures of being on the road.

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Philip Glass On Legacy: 'The Future ... It's All Around Us'

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 2:18pm

For the composer, life is how the past and the future connect. Glass' new memoir, Words Without Music, looks back on his childhood, travels through Asia and when his music provoked violence.

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Small Batch: The March Madness Of Friends On Opposite Sides

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 2:11pm

Two of our Pop Culture Happy Hour regulars find themselves on opposite sides of Monday night's NCAA men's basketball final. Things could get tense.

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Sandwich Monday: Pizza-Flavored Energy Paste

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 2:06pm

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try a new food for athletes: liquid pizza. It's Clif Bar's "energy food" made with tomatoes, carrots, quinoa, sunflower seed butter and sugar.

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Does Your Food Have A Bad Case Of The Blahs? Put An Egg On It!

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 11:41am

If you're wondering what to do with all those eggs left over from Easter, we're here to help. Inspired by Portlandia and Beyonce, we'll show you all the ways you can put an egg on it.

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The Times Grow Messier As The Last Chapter Of 'Mad Men' Begins

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 10:39am

The corseted '60s give way to the freer '70s as Don Draper begins to fall to pieces in earnest.

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Explosive Protests: U.S. Bombings During 'Days of Rage'

Sun, 04/05/2015 - 4:06pm

In the '70s, bombings by American protesters were regular occurrences. Bryan Burrough's new book tracks down the underground radicals behind such attacks — which he calls "exploding press releases."

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What's In A Word? Another Word

Sun, 04/05/2015 - 7:00am

Every answer is a made-up, two-word phrase in which the first word has seven letters. Drop its first and last letters to get a five-letter word that is the second part of the phrase.

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Alt.Latino Explores Songs In Native American Languages

Sun, 04/05/2015 - 6:34am

When you think of Latin American music, you may think of songs in Spanish or Portuguese. This week, Jasmine Garsd of NPR's Alt.Latino brings NPR's Rachel Martin music sung in indigenous languages.

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