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A Lady From 1881 Gets A New Portrait In 'Mrs. Osmond'

NPR Books - 15 hours 14 min ago

Man Booker Prize winner John Banville has written a sequel to Henry James' The Portrait Of A Lady. 'It was my initial foolhardiness and overweening pride that made me do it,' he says.

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Kachka: The Word That Saved A Family During WWII And Inspired A Chef

NPR Books - 15 hours 14 min ago

It took until adulthood for Bonnie Morales, the daughter of immigrant Russian Jews, to appreciate the food of her childhood. Now she owns a popular Oregon restaurant and has released a new cookbook.

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'Bunk' Is Encyclopedic, Fascinating — And Frustrating

NPR Books - 16 hours 33 min ago

Kevin Young's new book puts forth an instantly convincing pairing of race and hoaxing — both a "fake thing pretending to be real." But he loses readers' trust with knotty, overly aphoristic writing.

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Cartoonist Reza Farazmand Walks Us Through Some Of His 'Comics For A Strange World'

NPR Books - November 16, 2017 - 9:00am

We asked the artist behind the popular webcomic Poorly Drawn Lines to share the thinking behind a few of the hilariously deadpan comics from his latest book.

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The Troublesome Universe Of 'Valiant Dust'

NPR Books - November 16, 2017 - 4:00am

Richard Baker is an established voice in military science fiction; his latest, Valiant Dust, kicks off a new space adventure series. But it's hampered by shallow characters and cultural blindness.

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Jesmyn Ward, Frank Bidart, Masha Gessen And Robin Benway Win National Book Awards

NPR Books - November 15, 2017 - 7:13pm

For Ward, who won the fiction prize for Sing, Unburied, Sing, it was her second National Book Award. For Bidart, whose poetry collection spanned 51 years, it was akin to a lifetime achievement honor.

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