Book Reviews

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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Profile: A Chinese Novelist Is Found in Translation

New York Times - November 16, 2017 - 8:55am
For Xue Yiwei, Canada was a safe haven in which to write, but now he’s finding an audience abroad that appreciates his subversive novel.
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Q&A: Joe Biden Talks About His New Memoir, ‘Promise Me, Dad’

New York Times - November 16, 2017 - 8:18am
The former vice president writes about facing the death of his son Beau, deciding not to pursue a presidential run and dealing with foreign crises.
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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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By the Book: Andy Weir: By the Book

New York Times - November 16, 2017 - 2:00am
The author of “The Martian” and, most recently, “Artemis” has never read Frank Herbert’s “Dune”: “Yes, I know. I’m the worst sci-fi fan in the universe.”
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Crime: Deadly Deeds, From Snowy Iceland to the 42nd Street Library

New York Times - November 16, 2017 - 2:00am
New crime novels by Barclay, Indridason and Lehane take readers from New York to Reykjavik. Then Goldstone goes back in time for a medical mystery.
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Jesmyn Ward Wins National Book Award for ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing’

New York Times - November 15, 2017 - 7:58pm
It is the second National Book Award for Ms. Ward, a Mississippi native who also won in 2011 for her novel “Salvage the Bones.”
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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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A Collection Of Christian Artifacts Unlike Any Other

NPR Books - November 15, 2017 - 8:06am

Join us on a trip to the Museum of the Bible.

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Andy Weir Aims To Duplicate His Martian Success With 'Artemis'

NPR Books - November 15, 2017 - 4:00am

Weir returns to a successful formula in his new book — action and adventure in space, with a snarky voice and plenty of reader-friendly science — though this time the story moves to a moon colony.

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New & Noteworthy

New York Times - November 14, 2017 - 1:31pm
A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.
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Louise Erdrich Delivers A Dystopian Feminist Thriller In 'Future Home'

NPR Books - November 14, 2017 - 10:30am

In Erdrich's new novel, fetuses seem to be randomly devolving and a new religious government is rounding up pregnant women, forcing them to give birth in prison-like hospitals.

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Match Book: Books That Mix the Science and Craft of Food With a Dash of Heart

New York Times - November 14, 2017 - 9:59am
From memoirs by Michelin-starred chefs and cutting-edge farmers to recipes collected in a concentration camp, writing that will feed your soul.
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We've Been Had: How Bunk Became Embedded In American Life

NPR Books - November 14, 2017 - 8:18am

Hooey, hogwash, baloney or bull – it's all bunk.

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'Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race' Is A Call To Action

NPR Books - November 14, 2017 - 7:00am

In 2014, British journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge wrote a blog post about how tired she was of engaging with oblivious white people about race. That post went viral, and it's now the basis for her new book.

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Book Of 'New Rules' Flows With Tippling Tips To Demystify Wine

NPR Books - November 14, 2017 - 5:00am

Wine writer Jon Bonné says that the traditional ways of thinking about wine no longer fit today's diversity of flavors and cultural influences — and that drinking it should be mainly about pleasure.

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'Future Home Of The Living God' Is A Rare Stumble From A Great Writer

NPR Books - November 14, 2017 - 4:00am

Louise Erdrich's new novel is a frequently bizarre near-future dystopia that never really comes close to getting off the ground, but it won't dent her reputation as one of the country's best writers.

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Fiction: After ‘Mad Men,’ Matthew Weiner Turns to a Novel of Madmen

New York Times - November 14, 2017 - 2:00am
A psychopathic construction worker, a violently overprotective father and an adolescent girl form a dangerous triangle in “Heather, the Totality.”
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Nonfiction: Kevin Young’s Enthralling, Essential History of the Hoax

New York Times - November 14, 2017 - 2:00am
Jonathan Lethem reviews Kevin Young’s “Bunk,” a new book that traces the American fondness for plagiarists, hoaxes and, yes, fake news.
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10 Great, Perfect, Solid-Mithril Ideas For 'Lord Of The Rings' TV Spin-Offs

NPR Books - November 14, 2017 - 2:00am

Amazon Studios is bringing an ongoing Lord of the Rings prequel series to television. The deal includes an option for "a potential additional spin-off series." Tom Bombadil, call your agent.

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