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Sandra Cisneros Crosses Borders And Boundaries In 'A House Of My Own'

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 3:22pm

The author's new memoir collects three decades worth of her journeys in search of a sense of home. "I guess I didn't realize I was gonna be crossing borders my whole life," she says.

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Fan Fiction Comes To Life In 'Carry On'

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 1:03pm

"Meta" isn't quite sufficient to describe Rainbow Rowell's latest, which brings a fictional Harry Potteresque series described in her previous novel Fangirl to warm, messy, beautiful life.

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'American Horror Story' Returns, With Twists, Thrills And A Chilling Lady Gaga

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 1:02pm

FX's American Horror Story returns for season five this week. TV critic David Bianculli says this season, which is set in a lavish old hotel, is "the most visually arresting and twisted one yet."

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For Israeli-Born Chef, Hummus And 'Tehina' Are A Bridge To Home

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 12:48pm

Chef Michael Solomonov sees his mission as connecting people to the food of his homeland. "That, to me, is my life's work," he says. Solomonov's new cookbook is Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking.

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In 'Love And Techno,' The World Is Cruel — But The People Aren't (Mostly)

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 11:03am

Anthony Marra's new short story collection is a hundred-year relay of Russian history, full of black, bone-dry humor and characters who are often (but not always) as awful as the worlds they live in.

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A Mixtape Of Russian History In 'Love And Techno'

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 3:48am

Anthony Marra's new book, The Tsar of Love and Techno, is a collection of stories playing out over nearly a century of change in Russia. He tells NPR he wants the book to function like a mixtape.

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Grace Jones: 'I'm A Bit Split Personality'

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 3:47pm

The gender-bending musician and supermodel discusses how her past and her personality inform her new book, I'll Never Write My Memoirs.

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An Intergalactic Adventure Winds To A Close In 'Ancillary Mercy'

Mon, 10/05/2015 - 6:03am

Ann Leckie's powerhouse space-opera trilogy followed a soldier out to bring down a galactic empress. Critic Genevieve Valentine says the final volume is rich in detail, and a fitting capstone.

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From Solitary To Stardom On The Court: What It Means To Be 'Tuff'

Sun, 10/04/2015 - 4:30pm

Before his success in the NBA, Caron Butler overcame a rocky youth in the inner city. Drugs and violence nearly derailed him — but, as he writes in a new memoir, he managed a dramatic turnaround.

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Too-Insidery 'Razzle' Sadly Doesn't Dazzle

Sun, 10/04/2015 - 9:03am

Theater critic Michael Riedel dishes some juicy backstage anecdotes in his new book about Broadway's Shubert Organization, but fails to bring its deal-makers and their troubles to convincing life.

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How A Show About Zombies Looks At Legacies Of Real Violence

Sun, 10/04/2015 - 9:03am

Fear The Walking Dead is telling a story not often explores on prime-time television: generational rifts over the violence that immigrant parents have experienced.

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In Trove Of Kids' Book Treasures, A Glimpse Of The Work Behind The Magic

Sun, 10/04/2015 - 7:55am

Once a doctor's hobby, the Kerlan Collection is now one of the world's great collections of children's literature. Over 100,000 books offer visitors a chance to see the writer's process — for free.

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Good Gourd! What's With All The Weird-Looking Squash?

Sun, 10/04/2015 - 7:14am

Cinderella pumpkins just don't cut it for fall decor anymore. Squash and gourds come in all sorts of colors and sizes — and as far as consumers are concerned, the stranger, the better.

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Where There's A Will: Shakespeare Remixed In 'The Gap Of Time'

Sun, 10/04/2015 - 7:14am

You've heard of cover songs — now, a group of authors are writing cover plays, retelling the works of Shakespeare in their own words. Jeanette Winterson leads off, reimagining The Winter's Tale.

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'M Train' Is A Poetic Journey Through Life And Loss

Sun, 10/04/2015 - 6:00am

Patti Smith's new memoir is a dreamy, elegiac recollection of loved ones gone too soon, energized by her interests and travels. It jumps in time, from her husband's death in 1994 to Hurricane Sandy.

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Historic Art, Luxury Apartments Battle Over Berlin's Famous Wall

Sat, 10/03/2015 - 6:20pm

A stretch of the old Berlin Wall has stood for decades as an open-air gallery, covered in fine art and graffiti. Bids for luxury developments in the area have artists hitting the streets in protest.

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Not My Job: We Quiz Sportswriter John Bacon On Bacon

Sat, 10/03/2015 - 10:54am

We're taping the show in Ann Arbor this week, home of Michigan Football and sportswriter John Bacon. Bacon's latest book is called Endzone: The Rise, Fall, and Return of Michigan Football.

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Big Themes, Tiny Frames: An Art Show Writ Small

Sat, 10/03/2015 - 7:09am

This weekend, The Mini Show opens at The Lodge, an emerging gallery on a gritty street in Los Angeles. It'll feature teeny, tiny paintings.

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What Would Julia Child Do? Jacques Pepin Says: Add More Butter

Sat, 10/03/2015 - 7:09am

In a conversation with NPR's Scott Simon, Jacques Pepin reflects on his extraordinary 60-year career, his dear friend Julia Child and how not to let good cheese leftovers go to waste.

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A Hidden — But Quietly Influential — Life In 'Rosemary'

Sat, 10/03/2015 - 7:09am

Rosemary was the lost Kennedy daughter; disabled from birth, she was left profoundly damaged after a lobotomy at the age of 23. But she had a lasting influence on her family's charitable projects.

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