Book Reviews

Op-Ed Contributor: Why Grown-Up Muggles Should Read ‘Harry Potter’

New York Times - June 26, 2017 - 2:55pm
On the 20th anniversary of J.K. Rowling’s series, a superfan explains why the books still make him cry.
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On Harry Potter's 20th Anniversary, Listen To His NPR Debut

NPR Books - June 26, 2017 - 12:28pm

The first Harry Potter book came out 20 years ago today. One year later, in 1998, was the first time we mentioned the book, on All Things Considered. Here's Margot Adler's piece in its entirety.

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Nonfiction: Why America’s Great Cities Are Becoming More Economically Segregated

New York Times - June 26, 2017 - 1:00am
In “The New Urban Crisis,” Richard Florida argues that the revival of central cities has made them more unequal and more segregated.
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Fiction: From City to Jungle, a New Novel Summons the Politics and History of Two Islands

New York Times - June 26, 2017 - 1:00am
Northern Ireland and Papua New Guinea don’t seem so different in Nick Laird’s new novel, “Modern Gods.”
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The Call-In: Your Questions About Making Relationships Last

NPR Books - June 25, 2017 - 4:06am

It's wedding season! For this week's Call-In, Mandy Len Catron, author of the new book How to Fall in Love with Anyone, answers your questions about love and relationships.

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A New Delhi Family Learns To Navigate Wealth After A 'Windfall'

NPR Books - June 25, 2017 - 4:06am

Diksha Basu's new novel was inspired by the explosion of wealth she saw in 1990s India. She says money is a complex thing, and it takes a while for her characters to see that.

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An Ancient Curse Awakens In 'The Suffering Tree'

NPR Books - June 25, 2017 - 3:00am

A family curse, a resurrection and a vengeful witch are at the center of Elle Cosimano's Southern Gothic chiller The Suffering Tree. But the book elides its setting's history of racial violence.

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'But Seriously,' Tennis Great John McEnroe Says He's Seeking 'Inner Peace'

NPR Books - June 25, 2017 - 2:16am

Known for his on-court outbursts, McEnroe famously yelled, "You cannot be serious!" at one official. Now, decades later, he says it's a "miracle" if he goes a full day without hearing that line.

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By the Book: Emma Straub: By the Book

New York Times - June 24, 2017 - 11:06pm
The author of “Modern Lovers” keeps her youth on a shelf: “There are books I loved in my teens and 20s that I would not love now, but it’s still nice to see them there, as a reminder of a person I used to be.”
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'Interlaced Fingers' Traces Roots Of Racial Disparity In Kidney Transplants

NPR Books - June 24, 2017 - 2:03pm

When Dr. Vanessa Grubbs fell in love with a man whose kidneys were failing, he'd been waiting for a transplant for years. Her book explores the ways racial inequity is embedded in the system.

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'Too Fat, Too Slutty' Challenges Cultural Expectations Of Women

NPR Books - June 24, 2017 - 6:00am

Anne Helen Petersen's new book is a thoughtful consideration of several public women — from Nicki Minaj to Hillary Clinton — who've run up against the invisible expectations our culture has of them.

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'The End of Eddy' Recounts Growing Up Amid Homophobia And Violence

NPR Books - June 24, 2017 - 4:01am

In The End of Eddy, French author Edouard Louis writes about his experience growing up gay and abused in industrial France. He speaks to NPR's Melissa Block.

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'The Force' Is Basically 'Game Of Thrones' With Cops — And That's Pretty Great

NPR Books - June 24, 2017 - 3:00am

Don Winslow's new novel is packed with crooked cops and crookeder crooks, all defending their territories and trying to maintain a status quo where everyone earns, everyone eats and no wars break out.

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