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Frankly, Bascombe's Return Has Some Problems

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 9:03am

Richard Ford's signature character returns in Let Me Be Frank With You; reviewer Michael Schaub praises Ford's writing, but says despite moments of beauty and insight, some of it feels phoned in.

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Documents, Not Institutions: On 'Benched' And Not Sweating The Future

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 8:41am

A solid new USA comedy serves as a reminder that it's important to support the things you like, whether they're odds-on blockbuster favorites or not.

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In The World Of Rare Books, This Mystery Goes Off-Script

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 6:03am

Bradford Morrow's novel delves into literary forgery, and takes its time doing so. But when the truth belongs to those able to fake it, The Forgers — elegant yarn it may be — promises some knots, too.

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A Dizzying, Fictional 'History' Draws On Bob Marley's Life

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 3:58pm

Marlon James' A Brief History Of Seven Killings is a novel based on a real-life assassination attempt on Bob Marley. Its hefty cast and sprawling plot make for a demanding yet rewarding read.

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A French Best-Seller's Radical Argument: Vichy Regime Wasn't All Bad

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 3:44pm

In French Suicide, conservative journalist Eric Zemmour argues that if the country wants to reverse its decline, it must cut through its complex about the collaborationist World War II government.

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'Daily Show,' 'Colbert' Strain To Lampoon Democratic Losses

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 2:11pm

Both comedy shows aired live, election-themed episodes Tuesday. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says the broadcasts showed the limits of news-tinged satire on the political scene.

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'Interstellar': A Good Old-Fashioned Chunk Of Sci-Fi Silliness

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 2:09pm

Christopher Nolan's film stars Matthew McConaughey as an astronaut who takes his ship through a wormhole to another galaxy to find a home for earth's inhabitants. It's cool, awe-inspiring and goofy.

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How Thousands Of Nazis Were 'Rewarded' With Life In The U.S.

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 2:09pm

After World War II, thousands of Nazis became informants in the Cold War against the Soviet Union — and then got entry into the U.S. Eric Lichtblau's new book The Nazi Next Door tells the story.

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Book News: Falconer's Memoir Pulls Down Britain's Top Nonfiction Honor

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 9:14am

The win for Helen Macdonald's H Is for Hawk marks the first time that the Samuel Johnson Prize has gone to a memoir. Meanwhile, Lena Dunham answers sexual abuse allegations with a statement in Time.

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'Ugly Girls' Is, Well ... Not A Pretty Read

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 6:03am

Lindsay Hunter's novel follows best friends Perry and Baby Girl as they shoplift, ditch school and steal cars. But critic Annalisa Quinn says Ugly Girls has more shock value than substance.

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'We Have Learned Absolutely Nothing': Tom Magliozzi On Decades Of 'Car Talk'

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 1:55pm

"People say, 'Tell us about radio!'" Magliozzi told Fresh Air in 2001. "We have no idea. We sit in front of the microphones and we know nothing about radio." The Car Talk co-host died Monday at 77.

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Stressed About Holiday Cooking? Take Our Survey, And We'll Help

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 1:19pm

NPR is planning our holiday food coverage, and we want to know what you would find useful. What sorts of tips and tricks are you looking for? Fill out our survey and let us know.

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How To Wean Your Kids Off Halloween Candy: Cold, Hard Cash

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 9:51am

After the costumes and candy comes the hard part: the fights and negotiations that go along with trying to limit kids' sugar intake. Why not skip the ordeal by paying kids to give up their treats?

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Book News: Tom Hanks Turns To The Typewriter For His Debut Collection

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 9:50am

The actor and director plans to write his first book of short stories, and he plans to make it about another collection — his personal trove of typewriters. Also: Jill Abramson details her startup.

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'The Heart Does Not Grow Back' Could Use An Imagination Transfusion

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 6:03am

Fred Venturini's debut has a fascinating concept: What happens when a small-town kid gets amazing healing powers? But critic Jason Heller says the book never manages to explore that question fully.

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'Sherlock' Star Benedict Cumberbatch: Show's Last Season 'Really Freudian'

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 2:25am

The BBC has just released a new deluxe DVD box set with all three seasons of Sherlock, and star Benedict Cumberbatch says the show's last season was its most revealing yet.

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400 Years After Death, El Greco Receives Celebration He Sought

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 2:22am

The painter had mixed fortunes in life, but his works are receiving the royal treatment in Crete and Spain on the 400th anniversary of his death.

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Carlos Santana: 'I Am A Reflection Of Your Light'

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 2:18am

Musician Carlos Santana shares his journey from a difficult childhood in Mexico to international stardom in the new memoir, The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light.

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Picking The Locks: Redefining Copyright Law In The Digital Age

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 4:11pm

In his new book, Cory Doctorow shows creators how to survive in the digital age. He says the problem with copyright law is tech platforms have more control over content than the people who make it.

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Aasif Mandvi On Life As A 'No Land's Man' And Impressing Jon Stewart

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 2:05pm

Mandvi, a Daily Show correspondent, was born in India, raised in England and moved to Florida as a teen. His new essay collection reflects on his acting career and his life as an immigrant.

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