June 30, 2013 Novels dealing in privacy-free futures aren't new. But they're rapidly becoming more relevant. Author Max Barry chooses three dystopian novels that are both thought-provoking and chillingly plausible. What's your favorite futuristic novel? Tell us in the comments.
June 29, 2013 Iain Banks' last novel, The Quarry, follows awkward teen Kit, his dying father Guy, and a group of Guy's former friends as they search for a possibly incriminating videotape. Reviewer Ellah Allfrey says The Quarry isn't Banks' best work, but "it doesn't disappoint."
June 27, 2013 Book reviewer Alan Cheuse picks five exciting summer reads, ranging from short stories of grim Irish mayhem to a North Carolina lynching and a corpse in an iceberg, to Southern California cocaine capers and a pure-trash adventure starring U.S. special forces and a world-threatening comet.
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June 27, 2013 Cartoonist Guy Delisle turns his attention from places like Myanmar and North Korea to the more domestic struggle of child rearing in his wry new book, A User's Guide to Neglectful Parenting. Reviewer Glen Weldon says it's slighter than Delisle's travel books, but "brighter and funnier as well."
June 26, 2013 Curtis Sittenfeld's Sisterland, about a pair of adult psychic twins in St. Louis, is more about sibling rivalry than the supernatural. Reviewer Sloane Crosley says Sittenfeld handles the psychic realm with a light and logical touch that keeps the book artfully within the bounds of believability.
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June 26, 2013 A British naturalist roams the pampas in search of a mythical rabbit that flies. But Cesare Aira's absurd, hilarious The Hare is no Argentine cowboy story. It's more like an episode of Star Trek — crossed with Lawrence of Arabia.
June 25, 2013 No fiction? No problem! Annalisa Quinn shares five summer reads that look at art in a few stranger-than-fiction ways. Classic mythology and Spider-Man? An antlered hat with feathers? Have your Dutch minimalist-inspired cake and eat it too!
June 25, 2013 In Israeli artist Rutu Modan's The Property, a young woman accompanies her grandmother to Warsaw to reclaim an apartment building their family had to abandon in World War II. As they search through dusty records, family secrets soon come to light in this wryly funny and ultimately wrenching graphic novel.
Author Carlos Fuentes at a 2008 cocktail party for writers at Sala Buzzati in Milan, Italy.
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June 24, 2013 Also: Lemony Snicket on storytelling; the best books coming out this week.
June 23, 2013 Sometimes our eyes are bigger than our baking skills. Reviewer T. Susan Chang recommends three cookbooks with pictures that indulge our senses while sparing our waistlines. Do you have a favorite cookbook? Let us know in the comments.
June 21, 2013 NPR's go-to librarian recommends five "under the radar" books she thinks you should read this summer. They range from a Jane Austenesque love story to a real life, intellectual detective tale.
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June 20, 2013 Filled with lavish settings and the personalities to match, Kevin Kwan's Crazy Rich Asians is the story of a wealthy heir and his over-the-top cohorts. Reviewer Tash Aw says the book is a breathless, high-speed romp.
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June 20, 2013 The author was handpicked by Margaret Thatcher to write her authorized biography. Though he clearly admires Thatcher, reviewer Annalisa Quinn says that the book is no hagiography — it is staggeringly thorough, and the storytelling is vivid and interesting.
June 20, 2013 More adult fairy tale than conventional novel, In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods follows an unnamed husband and wife who leave their home to start a new life in the wilderness. Reviewer Michael Schaub says this debut from author Matt Bell is a joy to read.
June 19, 2013 Maggie O'Farrell's new novel, Instructions for a Heatwave, follows a troubled Irish Catholic family in London over the course of four scorching July days in 1976. Reviewer Heller McAlpin says Heatwave is a beautiful book about "the importance of forgiving those you love."
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