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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Cursed With Mom Guilt? Charlie Brown Might Cure What Ails You()  

April 12, 2014 Whenever writer Yiyun Li feels guilty about her parenting choices, she turns to Peanuts for refuge, holding on to the comforting comic strip as tightly as Linus clutches his security blanket.

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

For This British Author, If It Bleeds, She Reads()  

February 23, 2014 Who doesn't like to curl up with a good murder mystery? Author Louise Doughty recommends her favorite collection of such tales, and muses about why we're drawn to stories about homicides.

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Monday, February 17, 2014

It's French, But Ooh, It's Pulpy: The Dark Adventures Of Fantômas ()  

February 17, 2014 Fantômas — even his name is mysterious! The French criminal mastermind starred in a series of 19 deliciously pulpy novels beginning in 1911. Author Rachel Cantor says the series is "part police procedural, part gothic horror story, part courtroom drama, part Sherlockian mystery, part existential potboiler."

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Caped Crusader, Or Cruel Sadist? Miller Makes One Fan Wonder()  

January 12, 2014 Author Kim Fu has always loved Batman — at least, one form of him. Her Batman was moral, principled, triumphant: never cheesy or brutish. But Frank Miller's Batman: The Dark Knight Returns cast a guilty shadow over her love for the character, because Miller's bloodthirsty madman shares an awful lot with Fu's favorite version of her hero.

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

If Being A Teen Wasn't Awkward Enough: A Date With 'Your Mom'()  

November 17, 2013 When humor writer Tom Ruprecht decided in high school to read Ian Frazier's Dating Your Mom, he faced a conundrum that most teens would find terrifying: How do you ask your mom to buy you a book with a title like that? And — again, like most teenagers — his solution wasn't exactly graceful. But at least the book of essays was worth it.

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

You Came, You Saw, You Did WHAT?: A Ribald Roman History()  

October 27, 2013 Rita Mae Brown, author of Rubyfruit Jungle and several mystery series, first read Suetonius' Lives of the Caesars in college. It's hardly a staid Latin history book — in fact, it's Brown's favorite guilty pleasure. An academic-looking cover hides a raunchy, violent, thrilling book, she says, full of "around-the-clock degradation."

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Sunday, August 04, 2013

'The Moonstone' Is A Hidden Gem Of A Detective Novel ()  

August 4, 2013 Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni first read Wilkie Collins' classic detective novel The Moonstone when she came across it in her grandfather's trunk on a rainy Bengali afternoon. When she rediscovered it years later, she realized it is even better than she remembered.

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

When In Rome, Solve A Mystery()  

July 14, 2013 When crime writer Karin Slaughter was struggling to find a good literary relationship, she turned to the Marcus Didius Falco series by Lindsey Davis. She learned about togas and scrolls and came away with a new template for a happy marriage.

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Sunday, February 03, 2013

Appetite For Destruction: A Deadly, Delicious Rock Memoir()  

February 3, 2013 Guns N' Roses epitomized all of the glamour of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. But, author Alex Stone writes, Duff McKagan's memoir shows the ugly underside of the legendary rock group. What's your favorite music memoir? Tell us in the comments.

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Spy Vs. Spy: A Former MI5 Director On Loving James Bond()  

January 14, 2013 Though former MI5 director Stella Rimington knows better than anyone that Ian Fleming's From Russia With Love is not a realistic portrayal of life in the intelligence services, she still loves this tale of sex and violence. Which is your favorite Bond book? Tell us in the comments.

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Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Pterrifying Pterodactyl Meets Sexy Detective()  

January 2, 2013 The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec by Jaques Tardi features a beautiful, gun-wielding detective and a horrifying prehistoric monster. Author Rosecrans Baldwin explains why this is no ordinary comic book. Do you have a favorite graphic novel? Tell us in the comments.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Rewriting Homer, With Some Lurid Twists()  

October 24, 2012 Adele Geras' Troy has everything The Iliad doesn't: graphic details and some really bad writing. NPR intern Annalisa Quinn explains why that's exactly what she wanted. What is your favorite remake of a classic? Tell us in the comments.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Bad Sheriff: Murder, Lies And Southern Fried Catfish()  

September 26, 2012 Pop. 1280 is the perfect noir thriller, featuring a murderous, corn bread-loving sheriff from a small town in the South. Author Stephen Marche explains why the book is genre fiction at its best. Do you have a favorite tale of twisted justice? Tell us in the comments.

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Monday, August 13, 2012

You'd Have To Be Psycho To Not Pass This 'Test'()  

August 13, 2012 The Psychopath Test is a fascinating look into the minds of the deranged, but author Carol Rifka Brunt says she read it not to understand the psychology of madness, but to prove she wasn't mad herself. When have you compared yourself to books or characters in them? Tell us in the comments.

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Monday, July 02, 2012

Unicorns And Witches And Wild Mood Swings, Oh My!()  

July 2, 2012 The Black Jewels trilogy flips everything you thought you knew about fantasy on its head. But NPR editor Petra Mayer says it's still a wild ride of mystery, erotica, violence and even true love. What is your favorite book that defies the conventions of its genre? Tell us in the comments below.

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