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In 'IQ,' A Sherlock For South Central

NPR | Oct. 20, 2016

Joe Ide's debut novel follows Isaiah Quintabe, known as IQ around his Los Angeles neighborhood. IQ solves the crimes police won't touch — even when his clients can only pay him in chickens or tires.

A Fisherman And His Beautiful First Mate, On The Run In 'Girl From Venice'

NPR | Oct. 19, 2016

Martin Cruz Smith's new World War II thriller follows a Venetian fisherman who saves a Jewish girl from pursuing Nazis — a predictable scenario, but one that surprisingly never goes stale.

'Mister Monkey' Channels Disappointment In Many Voices

NPR | Oct. 18, 2016

Francine Prose takes a comparatively light comic turn in her new novel, about the disappointing lives of a group of people involved in an off-off-off-off-Broadway musical based on a children's book.

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'Truevine' Tells The Tale Of 2 Black Albino Brothers Forced To Work For The Circus

NPR | Oct. 18, 2016 8:08 a.m.

For years, black children around Roanoke, Va., heard the cautionary tale of Willie and George Muse, African American albino brothers who were kidnapped and forced to perform in a series of circuses.

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'Nobody's Son': A Memoir Of Childhood, Immigration And A Mother's Love

NPR | Oct. 18, 2016 7:48 a.m.

Mark Slouka's new memoir Nobody's Son. It chronicles his family's life in Communist Czechoslovakia, their emigration to Pennsylvania, and his difficult relationship with his troubled mother.

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Watch What You Say In That Uber – Tom Vandel May Be Listening

OPB | Oct. 17, 2016 9 a.m.

If you’ve ridden in an Uber with Tom Vandel behind the wheel, he was listening. And he wrote it down, too.

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In 'Hag-Seed,' A Gentle Guide To Shakespeare's Stormy Island

NPR | Oct. 16, 2016 4 a.m.

Margaret Atwood's retelling of The Tempest follows the exiled director of a Shakespeare festival, now reduced to putting on shows with convicts at an isolated rural prison.

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A Nobel In Literature For Bob Dylan, Whose Words Transcend Form

NPR | Oct. 15, 2016 6:37 p.m.

When Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature, many were surprised. But many novelists cheered, and performers of all kinds — from William Shatner to Kesha — have been inspired by Dylan's words.

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New 'American Pastoral' Movie Is A '60s Tale Still Relevant Today

NPR | Oct. 15, 2016 9:32 a.m.

The new film American Pastoral tells the story of a father in 1960s New Jersey whose comfortable, suburban life falls apart after his daughter becomes radicalized, commits a crime and disappears.

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The 'Fireside Guide' Has Delightfully Simple Answers To Your Grown-Up Problems

NPR | Oct. 15, 2016 4 a.m.

The new Fireside Grown-Up Guide series is a throwback to the brightly-colored life lessons of your childhood. They're dark and dry and surprisingly funny, a pleasant tonic for your grown-up cares.

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'I Had To Create My Own Lane': How Taraji P. Henson Found Her Place In Hollywood

NPR | Oct. 14, 2016 12:11 p.m.

The actress became famous for her role in TV's Empire, but the road to Cookie wasn't easy. In her new memoir, Around the Way Girl, Henson shares stories of pushing her way to the top.

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Artist David Hockney Says The Drive To Create Pictures 'Is Deep Within Us'

NPR | Oct. 14, 2016 8:44 a.m.

The nearly 80-year-old artist has written a book called A History of Pictures. It's chock-full of art he's loved looking at, including one painter he credits with inventing Hollywood lighting.

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Pregnancy Is Personal, Not Political, In 'The Mothers'

NPR | Oct. 14, 2016 4:52 a.m.

A teenager faces an unplanned pregnancy in this debut novel by Brit Bennett. The 26-year-old author says people don't necessarily ask themselves: What would I do if I were in this situation?