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Custom-Printed Cocktails On The Moon? 'Soonish' Shows Us How

5 hours 55 min ago

Zach and Kelly Weinersmith's accessible, occasionally goofy new book lays out futuristic fantasies (like matter-printed cocktails) and connects them to projects scientists are working on right now.

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Tom Hanks Considers The Cosmos, Nora Ephron, And A Man Dressed As A Shrimp

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Tom Hanks has written a short story collection called Uncommon Type. Here, he talks about stories, characters, the film goddess Pelicula, and what happened to the suit he wore as David S. Pumpkins.

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Night + Market Chef's New Cookbook Combines Thai Food And Fun

10 hours 51 min ago

David Greene talks to chef Kris Yenbamroong about his new cookbook. It's titled: Night Market: Delicious Thai Food to Facilitate Drinking and Fun-Having Amongst Friends.

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Philip Pullman's Realm Of Poetry And Inspiration

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Pullman — author of the beloved His Dark Materials trilogy — says poet William Blake's idea of mystical multiple vision, of different ways of seeing, is "absolutely central" to his new book.

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In New Cookbook, Acclaimed Indian Restaurant Finally Spills Its Secrets

October 18, 2017 - 11:28am

Rasika, a top eatery in Washington, D.C., is famous for its crispy spinach and modern twists on classic dishes. Now the owner and chef are sharing some of their prized — and adventurous — recipes.

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Where Do We Come From?

October 18, 2017 - 7:06am

Look in a microscope to find out.

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'A Line In The Dark' Is A Fresh Approach To The Teen Thriller

October 18, 2017 - 6:00am

Malinda Lo's new book sets up a classic conflict — townie kids versus prep schoolers — and adds nuanced queer characters. Despite a flawed second half, A Line in the Dark has much to offer.

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Not Much To 'Smile' About In Roddy Doyle's Intense New Novel

October 18, 2017 - 3:00am

The Irish novelist is known for his sense of humor — but his latest, about a man abused in his youth by Catholic priests, is distressing and at times almost unbearable. It's also his best book yet.

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George Saunders Wins Man Booker Prize For 'Lincoln In The Bardo'

October 17, 2017 - 1:18pm

It's the second year in a row that an American writer has taken home the prestigious literary award.

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'Death In The Air' Revisits 5 Days When London Was Choked By Poisonous Smog

October 17, 2017 - 10:41am

Kate Winkler Dawson's new book chronicles The Great Smog of 1952, when moist air from the Gulf Stream stalled for days over London, mixing with poisonous gases and causing more than 12,000 deaths.

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'I Am Full Of Contradictions': Novelist Amy Tan On Fate And Family

October 17, 2017 - 10:19am

In Where the Past Begins, Tan connects her experience with spirituality to that of her parents and grandmother. "I don't consider myself any religion," she says. " ... I have an amalgam of beliefs."

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The Father Of Microfinance Has A Plan To Fix Capitalism

October 17, 2017 - 7:18am

He started a revolution in lending … now he's hoping to create a new financial system based on altruism.

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Tom Hanks Lays Out A Kinder, Gentler World In 'Uncommon Type'

October 17, 2017 - 3:00am

Tom Hanks' well-documented obsession with typewriters is on display in his new story collection, tales linked not just by typewriters but by a benign, humane view of people and their many foibles.

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Astronaut Scott Kelly's Latest Mission: A Book

October 17, 2017 - 12:58am

After a year in space, Kelly says, writing a book was harder than he thought — but still, he adds, "If I write a bad sentence people are only going to get angry with me. They're not going to die."

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Richard Wilbur, Renowned American Poet And Translator, Dies At 96

October 16, 2017 - 1:40pm

His commitment to traditional forms, with tight patterns and taut construction, stood out among his contemporaries. He said his craft was finding order in pain and chaos — not creating it.

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Sleep Scientist Warns Against Walking Through Life 'In An Underslept State'

October 16, 2017 - 11:04am

"Human beings are the only species that deliberately deprive themselves of sleep for no apparent gain," says sleep scientist Matthew Walker. His new book is Why We Sleep.

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Amy Tan Revisits The Roots Of Her Writing Career In 'Where The Past Begins'

October 16, 2017 - 11:01am

In a new memoir, the Joy Luck Club author searches her past for the sources of her creativity. She says, "I certainly think that the bad experiences ... shaped me as a writer."

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Zingerman's Bakehouse, A Michigan Icon, Rolls Out A New Cookbook

October 16, 2017 - 7:42am

A visit to Ann Arbor wouldn't be complete without a trip to an eatery that bears the famous name. And the mouthwatering, no-nonsense recipes are designed to entice even novice bakers into the kitchen.

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