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From Hamilton To Grant: Ron Chernow Paints A 'Farsighted' President in New Biography

October 15, 2017 - 1:56pm

After the incredible success of his last book, which inspired an award-winning Broadway musical, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Ron Chernow is back with a new biography on leader of both the Union and the country, Ulysses S. Grant.

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Nobel Laureate Kazuo Ishiguro Once Wrote A Screenplay About Eating A Ghost

October 15, 2017 - 1:39pm

Written in the '80s, The Gourmet is an absurdist satire exploring the politics of food and the hedonistic culture of consumerism that treats it as a recreational drug. It's still strikingly relevant.

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'Quackery' Chronicles How Our Love Of Miracle Cures Leads Us Astray

October 15, 2017 - 4:02am

Tobacco enemas? Mercury pills? Ice pick lobotomies? A new book explains how throughout history, miracle "cures" often didn't just fail to improve people's health, they maimed and killed.

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Mortician Explores Cultures' Many Paths For 'Sacred Transition' Of Death

October 15, 2017 - 4:02am

Caitlin Doughty, whose Los Angeles funeral home specializes in alternative ceremonies, traveled the world to collect stories about how different peoples send loved ones off to the great beyond.

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'Skinful Of Shadows' Delights Without Reservation

October 15, 2017 - 3:00am

Frances Hardinge's captivating tale follows a girl during the English Civil War who discovers she has the power to invite ghosts into herself — a power that puts her in danger, but can also save her.

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'Lady Killers:' Cherchez La Femme Fatale

October 14, 2017 - 6:00am

An FBI investigator once famously said "There are no female serial killers," but Tori Telfer sets out to prove him wrong with this gruesome new account of multiply-murderous women throughout history.

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For October: 3 Romance Heroes Who Bare It All

October 14, 2017 - 3:00am

There's one thing romance heroes have in common — whether a duke, a workaholic billionaire or reality TV hunk: They look really good with their shirts off. Here are three of our favorites this month.

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'The Butchering Art': How A 19th Century Physician Made Surgery Safer

October 13, 2017 - 1:28pm

Before surgeons accepted germ theory, operations often killed patients. All Things Considered host Robert Siegel talks with the author of a new biography of antiseptic advocate Joseph Lister.

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Exclusive First Read: Philip Pullman's 'The Book Of Dust'

October 13, 2017 - 2:00am

Philip Pullman returns to the world of his beloved Dark Materials trilogy in The Book of Dust. We have an exclusive first peek at young protagonist Malcolm, his canoe, and the day his life changes.

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