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Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Book Reviews

Postgraduate Post-Mortem In A Smart, Literary Mystery

Cover of Every Contact Leaves A Trace

May 7, 2013 Full of sex, intrigue and clues based on Victorian poetry, Elanor Dymott's Every Contact Leaves a Trace is a literary mystery about a murder at Oxford University. This tale of a clueless husband who discovers his wife's true nature too late reminds critic Maureen Corrigan a little of Gone Girl.

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Monday, May 06, 2013

Book Reviews

From A Debut Writer, A Polished, Passionate, Must-Read Book

Russian troops patrol Minutka square in the Chechen capital on Monday, Feb. 28, 2000.

May 6, 2013 Anthony Marra's debut novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, takes place in war-torn Chechnya — a world of perpetual violence, fear and exploding land mines. But reviewer Meg Wolitzer says the characters are so vivid and the language so brilliant you want to stay there.

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Godwin's 'Flora': A Tale Of Remorse That Creeps Under Your Skin

Gail Godwin, whose latest novel is Flora, has been a finalist for the National Book Award and a Guggenheim fellow.

May 6, 2013 The latest novel from three-time National Book Award finalist Gail Godwin takes inspiration from Henry James' The Turn of the Screw. Both stories take place in isolated old houses, and both revolve around mental contests between a governess character and her young charge.

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Wendy Williams Dishes Her Own Dirt

Wendy Williams

May 6, 2013 Television talk show host Wendy Williams is known for pushing the envelope and dishing the dirt on celebs. But her rise to fame wasn't always glamorous. Host Michel Martin speaks with Williams about her career, battle with addiction and new book Ask Wendy.

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New In Paperback

May 6-12: An Apocalypse, A Trip To Malawi And Anne Boleyn

Cover of The Lower River

May 6, 2013 In softcover fiction, Hilary Mantel imagines Anne Boleyn's downfall, Martin Amis satirizes England, Paul Theroux sends a narrator back to the village he volunteered in, and Peter Heller depicts a post-apocalyptic life. In nonfiction, Robert Caro continues his LBJ biography.

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The Salt

No More Fakelore: Revealing The Real Pennsylvania Dutch Cuisine

The Dutch Haven restaurant and gift shop in Ronks, Pa. Color postcard, circa 1955.

May 6, 2013 The Pennsylvania Dutch didn't invent the whoopie pie and other dubious tourist fare. Instead, they developed a complex, largely unknown cuisine that reflects the pressures and possibilities of becoming American.

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The Two-Way

Book News: Harper Lee Says Literary Agent Exploited Her Health

Harper Lee smiles before receiving the 2007 Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House in Washington, D.C.

May 6, 2013 Also: Historian Niall Ferguson apologizes for John Maynard Keynes comments; the best books coming out this week.

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Sunday, May 05, 2013

Author Interviews

A Tale From The Delta, Born Of The Blues

Southern Cross The Dog cover

May 5, 2013 Bill Cheng's debut novel, Southern Cross the Dog, is full of mythical characters who feel like they rose right out of the Mississippi Swamp, and narratives that churn and swirl like the river itself. Cheng calls the novel "a love note to those old blues players."

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You Must Read This

A Chatty, Pensive, 'Rude As A Goat's Beard' Child Soldier

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May 5, 2013 Ahmadou Kourouma's Allah Is Not Obliged recounts the story of a child soldier in Liberia. Author A. Igoni Barrett says in this book, horror and humor become bedfellows, making for a heartbreaking yet laughter-filled read.

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Saturday, May 04, 2013

Art & Design

A 'Decadent And Depraved' Derby With Hunter S. Thompson

When illustrator Ralph Steadman accepted an assignment with writer Hunter S. Thompson at the Kentucky Derby, he never imagined the weekend that would ensue. Here, Steadman depicts the race's winner, a colt named Dust Commander.

May 4, 2013 Illustrator Ralph Steadman had never heard of Hunter S. Thompson before he flew to Churchill Downs on assignment to cover the Kentucky Derby. But after an unforgettable, booze-ridden weekend with the writer, Steadman's life was never the same.

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Author Interviews

A Look Inside The Garage: A Q&A With Marc Maron

Marc Maron has also appeared in his own comedy specials on Comedy Central and HBO.

May 4, 2013 Comedian Marc Maron just released his newest book, Attempting Normal, and his TV show Maron premiered on IFC this month. He still found time to speak with NPR's Molly Hart about learning from heartbreak, not wanting to be alone, and stealing from Whole Foods.

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Please Don't Delete This Interview About Spam

Spam email

May 4, 2013 Your inbox overflows with spam, so what else is new? But have you ever wondered how junk email got its name? And where all of it comes from? Finn Burton, author of Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet describes the spam business, how it's become a criminal enterprise and how you can protect yourself online.

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Burt Bacharach: 'Never Be Afraid Of Something That You Can Whistle'

Burt Bacharach has just released a memoir, Anyone Who Had a Heart.

May 4, 2013 The award-winning songwriter speaks with NPR's Scott Simon about the value of melody, and writing a song about rain for a movie scene that had none.

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Three-Minute Fiction

Three-Minute Fiction Round 11: Finders Keepers

Karen Russell's debut novel, Swamplandia! was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2012. Her most recent work is a collection of short stories, Vampires in the Lemon Grove.

May 4, 2013 For this round of our short story contest, write a piece of original fiction in which a character finds something he or she has no intention of returning.

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