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Book News: Did Amazon Unintentionally Create A Drug Dealer Starter Kit? 
  Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:36:00 -0400 
    Also: Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez's health is said to be stable but "very fragile"; Dave Eggers' new book is called Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?.


'Over Easy' Serves Up Savory Memories Of A Vintage Diner 
  Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:03:13 -0400 
    Mimi Pond's graphic memoir is a rose (or in this case aqua) tinted recollection of her time waitressing at a bohemian diner in Oakland in the 1970s. Reviewer Etelka Lehoczky says it's a sweet tribute.


Book Review: 'Kinder Than Solitude' 
  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:44:00 -0400 
    Ellah Allfrey reviews Kinder Than Solitude, by Yiyun Li.


Exploring Life's Incurable Soiledness With The Father Of Italian Noir 
  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:24:00 -0400 
    A crackling new translation of Giorgio Scerbanenco's crime novel Private Venus has just been released. Critic John Powers read it in a single sitting.


Revisiting Pulitzer Nominees That Touch On Issues Of Race 
  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:30:00 -0400 
    The announcement of the winners and finalists for the Pulitzer Prizes gives us an opportunity to herald great journalism that illuminates matters relating to race, ethnicity and culture.


Book News: J.K. Rowling Gives Glimpse Of Ginny Weasley As An Adult 
  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:52:00 -0400 
    Ian McEwan talks about having dinner with Salman Rushdie, who had a fatwa out against him; Man Booker winner Eleanor Catton writes about the process of finding inspiration.


'Before India,' A Young Gandhi Found His Calling In South Africa 
  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 03:38:00 -0400 
    The racism Gandhi encountered in South Africa helped spark a lifetime of activism. Historian Ramachandra Guha says without that experience, "he would never have become a political animal."


In Pakistan, Literary Spring Is Both Renaissance And Resistance 
  Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:00:52 -0400 
    For the past decade Pakistan has faced war, political instability and the rise of religious extremism. But those crises have fueled a new generation of Pakistani writers and artists.


Pakistan, The Taliban And The Real 'Enemy' Of The Afghanistan War 
  Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:25:00 -0400 
    In a new book, New York Times correspondent Carlotta Gall offers new information about how Pakistan has helped the Taliban in Afghanistan and may have helped hide Osama bin Laden.


Book News: A Q&A With Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Vijay Seshadri 
  Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:38:00 -0400 
    Also: Willy Blackmore writes about the several identities of his grandfather, John Farrar of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and research on reading comprehension for printed vs. digital books.


Horrors Small And Large Haunt 'Birds' 
  Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:03:00 -0400 
    Something mysterious stalks a shepherdess on a remote British island in Evie Wyld's visceral new novel, All the Birds, Singing. Reviewer Annalisa Quinn calls it "a museum of sinister curiosities."


Empathy: How Should We Care About One Another? 
  Tue, 15 Apr 2014 05:17:00 -0400 
    Kelly McEvers talks to Leslie Jamison, author of the new essay collection, The Empathy Exams: Essays. The book takes the writer on a quest to figure out how others feel empathy.


After 25 Years Of Amnesia, Remembering A Forgotten Tiananmen 
  Tue, 15 Apr 2014 03:22:00 -0400 
    The bloody 1989 crackdown in Beijing changed China, NPR's Louisa Lim explains in a new book. She also chronicles the brutal repression that took place in another city — and remained hidden until now.


NSA Coverage Garners Pulitzers For Post And Guardian 
  Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:25:00 -0400 
    Winners of the 2014 Pulitzer Prizes were announced Monday. The Washington Post and The Guardian were among the notable winners, commended for together breaking the news of NSA surveillance programs.


Last Book Club Meeting: 'Grapes Of Wrath' Turns 75. Let's Discuss. 
  Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:33:00 -0400 
    The I-Will-If-You-Will Book Club just finished reading John Steinbeck's Dust Bowl saga. Scholar Susan Shillinglaw joins us in the comments to talk about the book's legacy.
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