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Do You Believe In Ghosts? You Might After Reading This Book

NPR Books - March 25, 2015 - 10:26am

Sante Fe's most famous ghost is Hannah Nordhaus' great-great-grandmother. Her new book American Ghost is mix of memoir, cultural history, genealogical detective story and paranormal investigation.

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A Shimmy Into English Shakes The Dirt Off This Irish Classic

NPR Books - March 25, 2015 - 3:13am

In Máirtín Ó Cadhain's The Dirty Dust, the dead don't just talk. They won't shut up. Yet this inventive novel, first written in Irish, has long been sealed from English-speaking readers — until now.

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'Crescent Moon' Counts Down To Political Mayhem

NPR Books - March 24, 2015 - 12:34pm

Fatima Bhutto (niece of assassinated Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto) has written several volumes of nonfiction and poetry; her first novel is a delicate but tense political thriller.

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By the Book: T. C. Boyle: By the Book

NY Times Book Review - March 24, 2015 - 8:50am
The author, most recently, of “The Harder They Come” is mad about nature writing: “I want to get inside the head of every creature in the world, even ants.”






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‘Night at the Fiestas,’ by Kirstin Valdez Quade

NY Times Book Review - March 24, 2015 - 8:16am
Wayward souls in New Mexico seek out personal deliverance in this debut story collection.






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Joseph Kanon’s ‘Leaving Berlin’

NY Times Book Review - March 24, 2015 - 8:11am
In Joseph Kanon’s thriller, a German-born American writer becomes a spy in Cold War East Berlin.






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‘Hausfrau,’ by Jill Alexander Essbaum

NY Times Book Review - March 24, 2015 - 8:02am
The troubled heroine of this debut novel strays from her stable Zurich fold.






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ArtsBeat: ‘Family Life,’ by Akhil Sharma, Wins Folio Prize

NY Times Book Review - March 24, 2015 - 5:31am
A panel of five writers chose Mr. Sharma, who will receive an award of almost $60,000. “The fact that I got this prize doesn’t mean that I wrote the best book,” he said, “it just means that I got this prize.”






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Bookends: What’s More Important to You: the Initial Rush of Prose or the Self-Editing and Revision That Come After It?

NY Times Book Review - March 24, 2015 - 5:30am
Thomas Mallon and Cheryl Strayed discuss the stages of their creative process.
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Ia, Ia, YA! 'Harrison Squared' Is A Tentacular Teen Adventure

NPR Books - March 24, 2015 - 3:03am

Daryl Gregory ventures into the murky waters of young adult fiction in Harrison Squared, the story of a boy in a creepily Lovecraftian town, searching for sea monsters and his missing mother.

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For Banks 'Too Big To Jail,' Prosecutors Count On A Promise To Behave

NPR Books - March 23, 2015 - 11:41pm

A conviction can be fatal for a big company. So in some cases prosecutors have been holding off on punishing firms that have broken the law. In return, the companies vow to clean up their act.

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'Cheated' Out Of An Education: Book Replays UNC's Student-Athlete Scandal

NPR Books - March 23, 2015 - 2:46pm

Authors Jay Smith and Mary Willingham explain how the school steered athletes to pass-through courses in order to keep players eligible.

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Former Orca Trainer For SeaWorld Condemns Its Practices

NPR Books - March 23, 2015 - 1:11pm

John Hargrove says he left SeaWorld after seeing "devastating effects of captivity" on orcas. His new book is Beneath The Surface. SeaWorld's Christopher Dold says such criticism is "unfounded."

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'13 Men,' No Clear Answers: Digging Into An Indian Gang Rape Case

NPR Books - March 22, 2015 - 1:19pm

Last year, a woman in rural India said that she'd been gang-raped on the orders of her tribal council. Journalist Sonia Faleiro traveled to her village and found competing narratives and few facts.

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