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In 'Good Booty,' Our Hot And Heavy Love Affair With Pop Music

August 17, 2017 - 3:00am

Sex is such an inextricable part of pop music, it's easy to overlook, but NPR Music critic Ann Powers rectifies that in her new book, a portrait of America's obsession with sex as it manifests in pop.

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3 Romances For Your August Escape

August 16, 2017 - 9:00am

The lazy days of August call for getaway reading, so we've got three romances that'll take you from old China to the small-town South, featuring couples who learn love is closer than they think.

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Quoting Mandela, Obama's Tweet After Charlottesville Is The Most-Liked Ever

August 16, 2017 - 7:16am

"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion," the former president tweeted. He was quoting Nelson Mandela, and it struck a chord for many.

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An Oddball Family That Can't Connect In 'How To Behave In A Crowd'

August 16, 2017 - 3:00am

Camille Bordas keeps things light in her smart, charming new novel, but there are serious underpinnings to this story about the youngest member of a family of quirky, emotionally closed overachievers.

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'The Once And Future Liberal' Looks At Shortfalls Of American Liberalism

August 15, 2017 - 12:29pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Mark Lilla, author of the book, The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics, which looks at the failure of American liberalism over the past two generations.

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Novelist Max Brooks On Doomsday, Dyslexia And Growing Up With Hollywood Parents

August 15, 2017 - 10:29am

Brooks' stable childhood with parents Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft stands in contrast to the wild stories he tells in novels like World War Z and Minecraft: The Island.

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Good Booty

August 15, 2017 - 7:18am

What rhymes with tutti frutti?

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'Home Fire' Puts A Topical Spin On Ancient Greek Tragedy

August 15, 2017 - 6:00am

Kamila Shamsie's new book — beautifully written and paced — updates the ancient story of Antigone to tell an explosive story of two families tangled together by love, grief and religious radicalism.

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'Hail To The Chin': B-List Actor Bruce Campbell Returns With A Memoir Of Middle Age

August 15, 2017 - 3:00am

Campbell's second collection of rants and ruminations is just as enjoyably smarmy as his first, though the actor's ruthlessly sardonic outlook has mellowed.

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Be More Than A Bookstore: A Brick-And-Mortar Shop's Key To Success

August 15, 2017 - 12:53am

Barnes & Noble is experimenting with food, Amazon is replicating its online business and an indie shop aims to be part of the community. Ultimately, they all want to sell more books.

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Poet Imagines Life Inside A 1910 Institution That Eugenics Built

August 14, 2017 - 11:25am

Molly McCully Brown, who has cerebral palsy, says that if she'd been born in a different era, she might have been sent to the "Virginia State Colony," an early landmark of the U.S. eugenics movement.

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