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NPR's brings you news about books and authors along with our picks for great reads. Interviews, reviews, the NPR Bestseller Lists, New in Paperback and much more.

Last Build Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2016 16:23:11 -0400

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At Daughter's Insistence, Bourdain Includes Ratatouille Recipe In 'Appetites'

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 05:05:00 -0400

For years, Anthony Bourdain was identified as a "bad boy" of the culinary world. The chef and TV host's new cookbook reflects his life as a dad. Renee Montagne talks to him about his book Appetites.

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Christopher Marlowe Credited As Shakespeare's Co-Author On Henry VI Plays

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:28:00 -0400

True authorship of Shakespeare has been debated for centuries. Now, the New Oxford Shakespeare edition will list Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe as co-author on the three Henry VI plays, part one, two and three. NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Florida State University professor Gary Taylor, one of the general editors of the new volume.

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'Frazzled' Takes Hilarious Look At The Ups and Downs Of Middle School

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:27:00 -0400

Author Booki Vivat takes a hilarious look at middle school in her debut novel, Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom. The book is full of Vivat's incredible doodles of Abbie Wu who thinks, "Nothing good happens in the Middles." We'll find out if she's doomed.

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Mary Oliver Issues A Full-Throated Spiritual Autobiography In 'Upstream'

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:23:00 -0400

Oliver's latest collection of essays reflect the author's passion for nature and literature. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Upstream presents a portrait of a visionary poet — and a "tough old broad."

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Kidnapped, Then Forced Into The Sideshow: The True Story Of The Muse Brothers

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:23:00 -0400

Journalist Beth Macy talks about George and Willie Muse, black albino brothers who were born in the Jim Crow South and were forced to become circus freaks. Her new book, Truevine, retells their story.

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How Free Web Content Traps People In An Abyss Of Ads And Clickbait

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 14:24:00 -0400

Author and law professor Tim Wu says much of the "free" content on the Web comes at a price to users, who are subjected to ads that are targeted specifically at them and increasingly hard to ignore.

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'Truevine' Tells The Tale Of 2 Black Albino Brothers Forced To Work For The Circus

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 05:03:00 -0400

For years, black children around Roanoke, Va., heard the cautionary tale of Willie and George Muse, African American albino brothers who were kidnapped and forced to perform in a series of circuses.

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'Nobody's Son': A Memoir Of Childhood, Immigration And A Mother's Love

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 07:26:00 -0400

Mark Slouka's new memoir Nobody's Son. It chronicles his family's life in Communist Czechoslovakia, their immigration to Pennsylvania and his difficult relationship with his troubled mother.

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'Worst President Ever': One Author Says This Title Goes To James Buchanan

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 07:49:35 -0400

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with writer Robert Strauss about his new book, "Worst. President. Ever." Strauss looks at James Buchanan's time in office and argues he led the country to demise.

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New 'American Pastoral' Movie Is A '60s Tale Still Relevant Today

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 07:49:35 -0400

The new film American Pastoral tells the story of a father in 1960s New Jersey whose comfortable, suburban life falls apart after his daughter becomes radicalized, commits a crime and disappears.

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A Nobel In Literature For Bob Dylan, Whose Words Transcend Form

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 07:49:00 -0400

When Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature, many were surprised. But many novelists cheered, and performers of all kinds — from William Shatner to Kesha — have been inspired by Dylan's words.

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

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:34:00 -0400

Woodson won the National Book Award for young people's literature in 2014 for her memoir Brown Girl Dreaming, and is a finalist for another NBA this year. Originally broadcast Dec. 20, 2014.

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