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Book News: National Book Foundation Fills Out Its '5 Under 35' List 
  Thu, 02 Oct 2014 07:21:00 -0400 
    The list, which picks five promising writers under 35 years old, includes Phil Klay, an Iraq War veteran longlisted for this year's National Book Award. Also: An unpublished Bond story gets new life.


'Lies' May Be Fiction, But Its Story Rings True 
  Thu, 02 Oct 2014 07:03:15 -0400 
    Robin Talley's new young adult novel about the first group of kids to desegregate Southern schools combines hard truths about the civil rights struggle with a thrilling, head-over-heels love story.


Charles Blow's Memoir Reveals Incidents Of Sexual Abuse And Violence 
  Thu, 02 Oct 2014 05:02:00 -0400 
    In a new memoir, New York Times Op-Ed columnist Charles Blow opens up about abuse he has suffered, and inflicted in his life. He tells Michel Martin why he told his story in Fire Shut Up in My Bones.


Book News: Roxane Gay's Got A Brand-New Bag — The Butter 
  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:00:00 -0400 
    The author is topping her big year with The Butter, a new sister site to The Toast that she'll helm starting in mid-October. Also: Kei Miller wins the Forward Prize, and Wolf Hall goes Broadway.


Book Review: 'Once In The West' 
  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:08:12 -0400 
    Tess Taylor reviews Christian Wiman's new collection of poems, "Once in the West."


'How To Cook Everything Fast'? Bittman Says Skip The Prep 
  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:08:00 -0400 
    Rachel Martin talks to food writer Mark Bittman about his new cookbook, "How to Cook Everything Fast," which thumbs its nose at the French tradition of having ingredients prepped before you cook.


'All The Truth Is Out' Examines How Political Journalism Went Tabloid 
  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:21:00 -0400 
    Matt Bai says that while voters have always cared about candidates' characters, some news used to be off limits. His new book looks at Gary Hart's 1987 affair that destroyed his political ambitions.


Book News: First-Ever Kirkus Prize Picks 18 Finalists 
  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:16:00 -0400 
    Kirkus Reviews has been around, in varying forms, for over 80 years — but it's the new kid in town this awards season. Today, the publication announced the finalists for its inaugural Kirkus Prize.


In A Desolate Montana, 'The Ploughmen' Unearths Dark Truths 
  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:03:00 -0400 
    Kim Zupan's debut novel is about the relationship between a deputy sheriff and a hardened killer. This book explores the line between good and evil in a manner that's as honest as it is unsettling.


For Single Women, An 'Infinite Variety Of Paths' 
  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 05:06:00 -0400 
    Getting married used to mark the start of a woman's adult life. But the average age women get married has gone from about 22 to about 27. The shift, says writer Rebecca Traister, has been profound.


Vaccine Controversies Are As Social As They Are Medical 
  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 03:35:00 -0400 
    In writing her new book On Immunity, Eula Biss found that questions about vaccination touch on attitudes about environmentalism, citizenship and trust in the government.


Novelist Caitlin Moran Wryly Shows 'How To Build A Girl' 
  Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:03:00 -0400 
    Caitlin Moran's semi-autobiographical novel is an earnestly written look at a young woman's self-reinvention. How to Build a Girl tackles class, gender and sexuality with both humor and sincerity.


Book Review: 'All The Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid' 
  Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:13:00 -0400 
    The new book by Matt Bai explores the political resonance of Gary Hart, whose presidential ambitions were dashed when he revealed he had an affair.


Lena Dunham On Sex, Oversharing And Writing About Lost 'Girls' 
  Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:05:00 -0400 
    Dunham says when she started writing HBO's Girls, she was drawn to characters with "a bit of a Zelda Fitzgerald lost, broken woman quality." Her new essay collection is called Not That Kind of Girl.


Book News: Listen To The First-Timers Nominated For PEN Prize 
  Mon, 29 Sep 2014 07:19:00 -0400 
    A night before the winner's declared, the writers shortlisted for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize read their works. Listen here first. Also: Thomas Pynchon might soon be coming to the big screen.
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