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All Possibilities: The 'Purple Rain' Story

NPR Books - 14 hours 2 min ago

Though revered now, Prince's iconic 1984 film and album succeeded against daunting odds. Music critic and journalist Alan Light provides the details in his new book, Let's Go Crazy.

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First-Generation 'Boston Girl' Becomes Career Woman In Diamant's Latest

NPR Books - 14 hours 18 min ago

Anita Diamant — who also authored The Red Tent — tells the story of Addie Baum in her latest novel. Baum is a Jewish girl, born in 1900 to immigrant parents in Boston's North End.

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Journalist Documents The Many 'Trials Of Oscar Pistorius'

NPR Books - 14 hours 18 min ago

Oscar Pistorius stunned the world when he ran on prosthetic legs in the 2012 Olympics, then shot his girlfriend dead months later. NPR's Scott Simon asks John Carlin about his new book on the athlete.

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Playful And Serious? 'How To Be' Is Both

NPR Books - 15 hours 37 min ago

Ali Smith's new How To Be Both combines inventive structural trickery and warm, sardonic writing in in parallel tales of a bereaved modern teenager and an Italian renaissance fresco painter.

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New Collections From The New Republic, The Baffler and Others

NY Times Book Review - December 5, 2014 - 6:41pm
Collections of writing from The New Republic, The Baffler, The Believer and n+1.






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After The California Downpour, 'The Drought' Offers Some Dry Reading

NPR Books - December 5, 2014 - 3:03pm

It rained in California this week. That might not sound like news, but the state is experiencing a record-setting drought. Jason Heller turns to science fiction to reflect on the strange weather.

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Norman Lear’s ‘Even This I Get to Experience’

NY Times Book Review - December 5, 2014 - 1:58pm
An autobiography by Norman Lear, the creator of “Maude,” “All in the Family” and many other TV series.






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Open Book: Bumper Crop

NY Times Book Review - December 5, 2014 - 1:45pm
The 100 Notable Books of 2014 include women expanding the possibilities of nonfiction and 10 debut fiction writers.






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Comics

NY Times Book Review - December 5, 2014 - 1:06pm
“Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream,” “The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil,” and more.






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ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: 10 Best Books of 2014

NY Times Book Review - December 5, 2014 - 12:33pm
Editors from the Book Review discuss selecting the year’s best books.






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Perfect Harmony

NY Times Book Review - December 5, 2014 - 12:33pm
In new design books, high and low live together peacefully.
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‘Time Out of Mind: The Lives of Bob Dylan,’ by Ian Bell

NY Times Book Review - December 5, 2014 - 12:29pm
Geoff Dyer reviews the second volume of Ian Bell’s biography of Bob Dylan.
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Bookshelf: The Classics Reissued

NY Times Book Review - December 5, 2014 - 12:13pm
New picture books include “The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night,” illustrated by Peter Spier.
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‘Wilde in America,’ by David M. Friedman

NY Times Book Review - December 5, 2014 - 10:28am
A cultural historian argues that Oscar Wilde was among the first to realize that celebrity could come before accomplishment.
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Sophia Loren's 'Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow,' and More

NY Times Book Review - December 5, 2014 - 10:28am
Memoirs by Roger Moore, Sophia Loren and Anjelica Huston are among the season’s books about movies.
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‘Yes Please,’ by Amy Poehler

NY Times Book Review - December 5, 2014 - 10:28am
A memoir by the comedian and sitcom star Amy Poehler.
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‘A Way of Living: The Art of Willem de Kooning,’ by Judith Zilczer

NY Times Book Review - December 5, 2014 - 10:28am
Lavish reproductions of work by Willem de Kooning, accompanied by research and historical anecdotes.
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‘DDR Posters’ and ‘Beyond the Wall’

NY Times Book Review - December 5, 2014 - 10:28am
New books about propaganda posters and other items from the relatively short-lived German Democratic Republic.
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‘Ambition and Desire: The Dangerous Life of Josephine Bonaparte,’ by Kate Williams

NY Times Book Review - December 5, 2014 - 10:28am
Kate Williams’s “Ambition and Desire” is the latest in a growing corpus of work about Josephine Bonaparte, Napoleon’s empress.
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‘The Sexual Night,’ by Pascal Quignard

NY Times Book Review - December 5, 2014 - 10:28am
A Freudian take on classic depictions of sexual imagery.
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