March 31, 2011 Roddy Doyle's new novel confronts the dream and reality of Ireland, while Hampton Sides examines Martin Luther King's assassination, historian Tony Judt critiques our deteriorating social contract, and Barbara Stauch defends the middle-aged brain.
Cover of Sandman: Dream Country
March 31, 2011 The next selection is "Sandman: Dream Country." It's Volume 3 of Neil Gaiman's groundbreaking comics series. Our comics blogger provides everything you need to know to get up to speed.
March 30, 2011 In Lori Roy's debut the Scott family will go to any lengths to protect their bond — even murder. As Sarah Weinman writes, "Where Bent Road excels the most is in juxtaposing a seemingly encapsulated world of rural routine and slow pace against the rushing onslaught of violence."
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe stands at his 2008 inauguration ceremony at the statehouse in Harare.
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March 30, 2011 African journalist Peter Godwin returned to his native Zimbabwe in 2008 to follow the presidential election. He writes about President Robert Mugabe's refusal to give up power — and Mugabe's torture campaign against opposition supporters — in The Fear.
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March 30, 2011 In the 1970s, writer Elena Gorokhova sat in her apartment in St. Petersburg — then Leningrad — writing books she knew wouldn't make it past the censors. She recommends three revolutionary reads affirming that the human voice endures, even under the most suffocating circumstances.
March 29, 2011 Nazis referred to Jews as rats. Hutus involved in the Rwanda genocide called Tutsis cockroaches. Slave owners throughout history considered slaves subhuman animals. In Less Than Human, David Livingstone Smith explains how dehumanizing people makes us capable of atrocious acts.
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March 29, 2011 A memoir of living in close quarters with Susan Sontag; a novel set in the world of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho; and a young-adult novel that covers the very adult themes of labor camps in 1941 Lithuania.
The cover of The Sandman, Volume 3: Dream Country.
March 29, 2011 Our I Will If You Will Book Club, which previously read Twilight and Moby Dick, has decided to take on a graphic novel. In April, we'll be reading Neil Gaiman's The Sandman, Volume 3: Dream Country.
March 29, 2011 Marjorie Garber says books are labeled as dangerous "precisely because [they] can enrich the mind, challenge, disturb, and change one's thinking." In her new book, she traces the historical tendency to label new literary phenomena as 'trash', only to later see it become a revered classic.
In 1992, 28,800 rubber ducks were lost at sea. What happened to them is the subject of Donovan Hohn's book Moby-Duck.
March 29, 2011 In 1992, a cargo ship container tumbled into the North Pacific, dumping 28,800 toys into the ocean. What happened to those toys led writer Donovan Hohn on a worldwide journey filled with beachcombers, oceanographers, ship captains and environmentalists.
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March 29, 2011 For years, Zimbabweans have suffered under President Robert Mugabe. There are food shortages, a currency made useless by hyperinflation and violence. African journalist Peter Godwin returned to Zimbabwe to follow the 2008 presidential election. Goodwin talks to Renee Montagne about his book The Fear: Robert Mugabe and the Martyrdom of Zimbabwe.
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This pair of folding screens illustrates the 1,000-year-old novel Tale of the Genji. The painting is attributed to Kano Eitoku-Momoyama.
March 28, 2011 The ongoing nuclear crisis is one of many major disasters Japan has experienced over the past century. Cases of great tragedy and trauma have been a driving creative force behind much of Japan's classic and modern literature — writing that reveals insights into the country's people and character.
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March 28, 2011 Japan has been devastated by an earthquake and a tsunami — but author Marie Mutsuki Mockett has faith in the resilience of the Japanese people. She recommends Yoko Kamio's manga series, Boys Over Flowers, about a young heroine, who embodies Japanese perseverance.
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March 28, 2011 In 2008, the faltering economy sent Starbucks a wake up call. Former CEO Howard Schultz returned to the company's helm, and led the coffee giant in some corporate soul searching. He describes the process in his new book, Onward: How Starbucks Fought For Its Life Without Losing Its Soul.
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The front cover for A Present for Milo, a top children's book app from Ruckus Media Group. This and other kids' books apps are redefining the way children are reading.
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March 28, 2011 With tablets and smartphones taking over the market, children's books have had to adapt. NPR's Lynn Neary takes on the new world of kids' publishing and how it is affecting the way our children read.
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