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'Somewhat United' Brings Lafayette Down From His Pedestal

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 9:09am

Sarah Vowell's charming not-quite-a-history gives us a young, glory-hungry Marquis de Lafayette, and the Founding Fathers not as marble statues, but as real men who bicker, bumble and snore.

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Enlightenment Proves Elusive In 'Witches Of America'

Wed, 10/21/2015 - 6:03am

Alex Mar's half-memoir, half-cultural study of American occultism mixes research with her own search for meaning. Critic Genevieve Valentine says it's a difficult journey, for Mar and for readers.

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The Heat, The Pressure, The Violence: Cooking Films Are The New Boxing Movies

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 3:32pm

When you go to boxing movies, you can count on training montages, high-stakes dramatic moments, and the way a scrappy outsider always seems to have to prove him or herself in the ring. Many of these traits are showing up in a new group of movies — this time about chefs.

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'Star Wars' Fans Light Up The Internet As New Trailer Debuts

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 3:32pm

The final trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens was released Monday night, and tickets for the film went on sale. Fans lit up the Internet with theories about the story, and movie theater web sites crashed.

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Poetic And Expansive, 'City On Fire' Ultimately Falls Short Of Its Reach

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 1:53pm

Garth Risk Hallberg's 900-page debut novel is an intricately-plotted story set in chaotic 1970s New York. Critic Maureen Corrigan says City On Fire has much to admire, even if its ending falls flat.

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Flights Of Fancy: Exploring The Songs And Pathways Of 'The Living Bird'

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 1:53pm

Wildlife photographer Gerrit Vyn and essayist Scott Weidensaul share bird calls and discuss some of the remarkable abilities of birds. Both men contributed to a new book about North American birds.

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Trailers, Tickets, Twitter: 'Star Wars' Fans Can't Get Enough

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 11:03am

A new Star Wars trailer showed up on Monday night after much fanfare, and we're now in a full promotional push for the next two months. But ... does the movie need one?

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Rowling's Magic Needs No Spells In 'Career Of Evil'

Tue, 10/20/2015 - 8:46am

In her third outing as crime novelist Robert Galbraith, J.K. Rowling hits her stride with a fluid, complex mystery. Reviewer Annalisa Quinn says she excels at depicting evil, ordinary or otherwise.

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