May 28, 2008 Ian Fleming's estate has contracted with writer Sebastian Faulks to write another installment of James Bond's adventures. The latest 007 novel — Devil May Care — features a villain with a hairy, ape hand; a psychopathic killer named Chagrin and (of course) a Bond girl or two.
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May 27, 2008 While there's definite comfort to be had in the familiar authors, sometimes what you really want is the spark and thrill of a chance encounter — that's where first books come in.
May 26, 2008 What makes the perfect beach book if you're the kind of person who gravitates toward the literary? The answer is simple: Books literally about the beach, featuring miles of shoreline.
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May 23, 2008 In Rick Bragg's third memoir, the author finds a woman to love, but struggles to be a father to her son: Will he follow in the steps of his own drunkard father, or will he forge a new model of parenthood?
May 23, 2008 Pearlie and Holland Cook are like any other married couple in the early 50s — quietly loving, engaged in a polite dance of circumstance and genuine affection — until a friend from Holland's past shows up on their doorstep and changes everything.
May 23, 2008 Set just after World War II, this novel about the inhabitants of a British island who survived German occupation reads like a hidden piece of history, alternately moving and charming, but always memorable.
May 23, 2008 What better way to spend a summer afternoon than curled up with a good book? NPR Special Correspondent Susan Stamberg asks three independent booksellers for their picks for lazy days and warm nights.
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May 23, 2008 Irina Reyn's deft debut novel dusts off Tolstoy's great 19th-century romantic heroine and re-imagines her as a complex — yet still dreamy-eyed — modern woman of today.
May 23, 2008 Ethan Canin explores power and influence — including the way a potentially damaging story can simply vanish from newspapers — in this expressive, impressive remembrance of politics past.
February 13, 2008 Like a great mix tape, this collection of stories is inspired and personal, a conceptually coherent gathering of seemingly disparate pieces that relies on Jeffrey Eugenides' artful curatorship to make it resonate as a whole.
August 19, 2007 Max Magee, creator of the literary blog The Millions, talks about his summer reading picks. They include Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow and Pastoralia by George Saunders.
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July 26, 2006 Cellophane, the debut novel by Marie Arana, offers a detailed portrait of life in a paper mill town in the Amazon Basin in Peru. Book critic Dominique de Turenne offers a review.
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July 19, 2006 Novelist Sarah Bird's latest work is a contemporary coming-of-age tale set in the flamenco underworld of Albuquerque, N.M. Book critic Veronique de Turenne offers a review of The Flamenco Academy.
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May 31, 2006 Chinese dissident author Ma Jian's story collection Stick Out Your Tongue bends time and reality. The collection, of stories inspired by a trip to Tibet in the mid-1980s, was published in China in 1997; since then, Ma Jian's work has been banned there.
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May 26, 2006 "A real treat for poetry lovers in summer — or any season," says book critic Alan Cheuse of this new trade paperback, recommended in his summer reading roundup for All Things Considered.
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