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Thursday, November 15, 2012

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Munro Weighs The Twists And Turns Of This 'Dear Life'()  

November 15, 2012 Alice Munro delivers a collection of stories that makes ordinary existence seem extraordinary, from the costly nature of first love to the literal cost of a small-town affair to the love between two strangers who are perfectly unsuited for each other.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Famous Father Had Highest 'Expectations'()  

November 20, 2012 The latest book by former New Yorker editor Robert Gottlieb, Great Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens, reads more like scintillating gossip about the famous writer and his family than literary scholarship. NPR's Heller McAlpin is fine with that.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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Hungry Hearts And Family Matters In 'Middlesteins'()  

November 20, 2012 Jami Attenberg's black comedy about the fallout of one woman's food addiction is a tough but affecting story about family members putting up with each other. Critic Maureen Corrigan says the novel's fragmented narration and jumpy timeline add to its emotional punch.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Best Books Of 2012

Librarian Nancy Pearl's Picks For The Omnivorous Reader()  

November 27, 2012 The only thing that these books have in common is that NPR's go-to librarian likes them a lot. Nancy Pearl's self-described "higgledy-piggledy" list includes a book of cartoons, a Civil War history, a coming-of-age story, a spy novel and more.

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Friday, December 07, 2012

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At Home With Dickens And Louisa May Alcott()  

December 7, 2012 Two new biographical studies that read like novels explore the familial relationships that shaped two of the 19th century's most beloved authors. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls Great Expectations: The Sons And Daughters Of Charles Dickens "a Gothic nightmare" and Marmee & Louisa "a romance."

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Monday, January 14, 2013

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Of The People: Sonia Sotomayor's Amazing Rise()  

January 14, 2013 Intelligent, gregarious and at times disarmingly personal, Justice Sonia Sotomayor's memoir, My Beloved World, recounts her trailblazing journey from a Bronx housing project to a bench on the Supreme Court.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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'Tropic Death' Presents Life's Horrors In Beautiful Prose()  

January 16, 2013 Harlem Renaissance writer Eric Walrond's 1926 story collection, Tropic Death, is being reissued after decades out of print. Reviewer Oscar Villalon says the stories are "disturbing reminders of how utterly vulnerable we are to the injustices of the heart and of community."

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

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New World, Old Evil In Tracy Chevalier's 'Runaway'()  

January 17, 2013 When a young Quaker woman in 1850s Ohio comes into contact with the Underground Railroad, she faces a dilemma. If she helps the runaways, her family could go to prison and lose their farm. Tracy Chevalier's contemplative novel offers a powerful testament to the force of conscience.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

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Missing Out: On The Uses Of Dissatisfaction()  

January 22, 2013 Writer and psychoanalyst Adam Phillips explores the paradox of dissatisfaction: Although not getting what we want may cause us pain, Phillips concedes, we should think of frustration as a natural part of existence, and one that can provide us pleasure if we let it.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

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Here's To The Pleasures Of 'Drinking With Men'()  

January 23, 2013 In Drinking with Men, Rosie Schaap chronicles the taverns she has called her own and the friends she has met along the way. It's a wonderfully funny and openhearted book from a generous, charismatic writer.

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