July 31, 2013 Alan Cheuse could not put down a new sci-fi thriller by former gamer Jason Hough. Cheuse reviews the book, The Darwin Elevator.
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July 31, 2013 Goliarda Sapienza's sprawling, posthumously published epic, The Art of Joy, follows the life of Modesta, born in Sicily on the first day of the 20th century. Reviewer Maria Russo says the book lacks editing, but that ultimately doesn't matter to a story of such "scale and seductive libertinism."
July 30, 2013 Maggie Shipstead mocks the pretensions of New England WASPs, while Jessica Lott executes unexpected riffs on the student-professor relationship plot. Critic Maureen Corrigan reviews two stellar fiction newcomers.
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July 30, 2013 Millions of people worldwide are leaving rural areas for urban ones. NPR Cities Project editor Franklyn Cater highlights five books that examine and celebrate 21st century life in the metropolis.
July 30, 2013 Juan Gabriel Vasquez' new novel, The Sound of Things Falling, is a sophisticated vision of the way the Colombian drug trade unravels lives. Reviewer Marcela Valdes says Vasquez shies away from stock drug war imagery in favor of a quieter, more sophisticated approach.
July 28, 2013 Colonel Mustard, in the ballroom, with the ... Gouda? You may not expect a wheel of cheese to be at the center of a devious plot, but Michael Paterniti's The Telling Room manages to do just that.
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July 28, 2013 Bohumil Hrabal's novel, I Served The King Of England, about a Czech waiter who barely survives World War II, may sound dire but author Anthony Marra says that if you allow yourself to be sucked in, you'll enter a story so ethereal you'll practically float.
July 25, 2013 Author Jean Zimmerman chooses five books that "pick up where history leaves off," shedding new light on often forgotten corners of history, from the unruly Florida frontier of the 18th century to the real-life little dancer who inspired Edgar Degas' famous sculpture.
July 24, 2013 Reviewer Alan Cheuse brings us three short story collections to consider — The Color Master by Aimee Bender, Byzantium by Ben Stroud and This is Paradise by Kristiana Kahakauwila.
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July 24, 2013 For years, there were rumors that filmmaker Henry Jaglom had taped hours of his conversations with Orson Welles but that the tapes had been lost. They weren't. Now the transcripts have been released in a new book, edited and introduced by Peter Biskind.
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July 23, 2013 The Borgias are more than just a TV show. Reviewer Lizzie Skurnick says Blood & Beauty by Sarah Dunant shows readers the authentic people behind the pomp and circumstance.
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July 23, 2013 David Gilbert's new novel & Sons chronicles the life of a Salinger-like writer and, yes, his troubled sons, against the backdrop of the New York literary world. Reviewer Mary Pols says the book is "seductive and ripe with both comedy and heartbreak."
July 22, 2013 There is just so much to read! Every year many good books get lost under a tide of prose. Reviewer Meg Wolitzer celebrates five books that might have slipped under the radar.
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July 21, 2013 Author Kevin Maher laughed off the Dubliners as a 12-year old, yet one line stayed with him. It was that line that convinced him to go back to the stories, discovering a love of James Joyce in the process.
July 19, 2013 Alan Cheuse reviews Scottish novelist Jenni Fagan's new book, The Panopticon.
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