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Book News: Ted Cruz's Book Advance Said To Eclipse Sarah Palin's

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 6:36am

Also: a poem about surveillance by Robert Pinsky; a Divergent-themed summer camp; an unexpected quote from Virgil graces the National September 11 Memorial Museum.

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'Empathy Exams' Is A Virtuosic Manifesto Of Human Pain

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 6:03am

Leslie Jamison's new book of essays, The Empathy Exams, combines the intellectual and the emotional to explore the humanizing effect of empathy. Heller McAlpin calls it a "soaring performance."

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A Smart Spin On Alternate History In 'The Revolutions'

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 6:03am

Felix Gilman's new novel presents a dark alternate vision of the occultism craze that gripped Victorian London. Critic Jason Heller calls the book heady yet accessible "séance fiction."

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A Song Of Frogs, Motherhood And Murder In Swampy San Francisco

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 2:36am

Author Emma Donoghue's new novel, Frog Music, imagines a new solution to the 1876 murder of a San Francisco frog-catcher — and fits in a lot of raw and raunchy popular songs along the way.

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The Rise And Fall Of Stefan Zweig, Who Inspired 'Grand Budapest Hotel'

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 3:13pm

The Viennese writer was once one of the world's most translated authors, but after his death he was forgotten — until now. Wes Anderson credits Zweig's writing at the end of his latest film.

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Scenes And Sorrows: A Portrait Of Weeping Mary

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 3:07pm

The rural Texas town was established as a "freedom colony" with land given to former slaves after the Civil War. O. Rufus Lovett photographed Weeping Mary and its residents for 11 years.

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How To Get To Sesame Treats: Open A Can Of Tahini

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 7:24am

This sesame-seed paste isn't just for making hummus and that tangy sauce on your falafel. Like butter or mayo but with a nutty kick, it's a rich addition to baked goods, a warm salad and more.

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With Poetic Intensity, Kevin Powers Tackles The Terror Of War

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 6:00am

The novelist and Iraq veteran examines the lasting effects of war in his debut book of poetry, Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting. Reviewer Abigail Deutsch says the poems are piercing.

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The Harlem Hellfighters: Fighting Racism In The Trenches Of WWI

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 6:58pm

The Harlem Hellfighters broke barriers as the first African-American infantry unit to fight in World War I. Their story is retold in a new graphic novel written by Max Brooks, author of World War Z.

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On A 'Rigged' Wall Street, Milliseconds Make All The Difference

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 12:28pm

"The stock market is rigged," Michael Lewis says. In his new book Flash Boys, he describes how computerized transactions known as high-frequency trading are creating an uneven playing field.

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Taking Your Kid To The Museum Doesn't Have To Be Miserable

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 10:08am

Some museums have a reputation for being boring, expensive and not kid friendly. But finding the right museum and planning a family trip there might be easier than you think.

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'Muses And Metaphor' Kicks Off National Poetry Month

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 10:08am

Tell Me More kicks off its annual poetry month series "Muses and Metaphor." Regular contributors Fernando Espuelas and Connie Schultz share their Twitter poems.

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This Tightly Choreographed Tale Of Ambition And Ballet Will 'Astonish'

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 10:00am

Maggie Shipstead tells the story of a disciplined dancer who can't make it into the spotlight. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Shipstead is "Edith Wharton with a millennial generation edge."

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Captain America On The Potomac

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 9:57am

Captain America: The Winter Soldier puts Cap in charge of saving an America that's visually defined as, of all things, Washington, D.C.

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When The Twit Hit The Fan: 'I'm Still Here,' Colbert Says

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 9:38am

In his first show since a controversy erupted last week, Stephen Colbert poked fun at the media and himself, declaring that despite a #CancelColbert campaign on Twitter, "I'm still here."

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Oh, 'Mother': An Awful End To A Long Love Story

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 8:06am

How I Met Your Mother ended a nine-season run on Monday night, and it managed to do just about everything wrong.

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'Frog Music' Sounds A Barbaric (But Invigorating) Yawp

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 6:00am

Emma Donoghue's new novel is a rich, raunchy tale of demimondaines and murder in smallpox-riven 1876 San Francisco. Critic Alan Cheuse says the novel sets a jaunty pace and shows a lot of leg.

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The Divine Miss M's 'View From Abroad'

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 4:00am

Morning Edition host David Greene sits down with Bette Midler at NPR's studios in New York. Her book of remembrances from her first world tour has been reissued.

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Girls Are Taught To 'Think Pink,' But That Wasn't Always So

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 2:08am

After World War II ended, Rosie the Riveter traded in her factory blues for June Cleaver's pink apron. A new exhibit traces pink back to the beginning — when plenty of boys wore it, too.

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Son Of A Secret Smuggler Digs Up The Truth About His Dad

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 2:46pm

Tony Dokoupil's father was once busted for distributing enough marijuana "to roll a joint for every college-age person in America." In The Last Pirate, Dokoupil reflects on his dad's time as a dealer.

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