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ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: ‘Cosby: His Life and Times’

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 12:33
Mark Whitaker discusses his new biography of Bill Cosby, and Jeff Hobbs talks about “The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace.”






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ArtsBeat: The Bradbury Chronicles: Hundreds of Items Owned by Author Going to Auction

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 11:56
Items including awards and even bottles of wine owned by Bradbury are to be auctioned this month.






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Short Story: Book Excerpt: ‘The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher’

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 07:42
The title story from Hilary Mantel’s forthcoming collection. Her most recent novels, “Wolf Hall” and “Bring Up the Bodies,” both won the Man Booker Prize.






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‘The Emerald Light in the Air,’ by Donald Antrim

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 11:30
Men and women are forced to make detours into unfamiliar territory in Donald Antrim’s first story collection.






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John Lahr: By the Book

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 09:00
The author of “Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh” is not a fan of science fiction. “Life on earth is mysterious and terrifying enough.”






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ArtsBeat: Fiction Long List Announced for National Book Awards

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 18:15
Marilynne Robinson, Elizabeth McCracken and Phil Klay are among the writers whose work is on the 2014 fiction long list for the National Book Awards.






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Bookends: When Discussing Books, What Does ‘Taste’ Have to Do With It?

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 09:00
James Parker and Adam Kirsch debate whether it really all comes down to taste.






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ArtsBeat: Philadelphia Museum Losing Its Maurice Sendak Collection

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 12:06
The Rosenbach Museum and Library will send thousands of Sendak items to Connecticut, where a Sendak museum is planned.






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ArtsBeat: In the Running for a Young People’s Literature Prize

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 07:00
The 10 titles on the longlist of the National Book Foundation’s 2014 Award for Young People’s Literature underscore the diversity of subject matter in this area of publishing.






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‘War and Gold,’ by Kwasi Kwarteng

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:54
A historian examines the rise of the gold standard and the economies that have embraced and abandoned it.






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‘Acceptance,’ by Jeff VanderMeer

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:54
In a trilogy’s conclusion, the mysterious ecosystem known as Area X yields more of its secrets.






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‘Station Eleven,’ by Emily St. John Mandel

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:54
After a pandemic kills most of the human race, a traveling theater company roams around, searching for an audience.






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‘Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda and the CIA,’ by Morten Storm

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:54
A whistle-blower describes his path from biker-gang leader to Muslim activist to spy for three Western intelligence agencies.






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‘Mr. Tall,’ by Tony Earley

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:53
Tony Earley’s stories include a skunk ape, a talking dog and the sometimes surprising, sometimes lonely lives of ordinary people.






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‘De Potter’s Grand Tour,’ by Joanna Scott

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:52
An antiquities collector disappears off the coast of Greece in 1905, and his wife discovers that his life was not what it seemed.






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‘The Children Act,’ by Ian McEwan

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:51
In this Ian McEwan novel, a judge must decide the case of a teenage Jehovah’s Witness who refuses treatment for leukemia.






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‘The Monogram Murders,’ Sophie Hannah’s Poirot Mystery

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:51
Hercule Poirot reappears, courtesy of Sophie Hannah, years after solving his “last case.”






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The Shortlist: Fanny Howe’s ‘Second Childhood,’ and More

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:50
New books by Simone Muench, Fanny Howe, J. D. McClatchy and Cynthia Hogue.






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Open Book: The Sound of the Words

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:50
John Darnielle, of the indie-rock band the Mountain Goats, talks about writing songs and his new novel, “Wolf in White Van.”






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Letters: Fabulist Tradition

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:50
Readers respond to recent reviews of William T. Vollmann’s “Last Stories and Other Stories,” Dana Goldstein’s “The Teacher Wars” and more.






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