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Beautifully Alien 'Ninefox Gambit' Mixes Math And Magic

NPR | June 25, 2016

Yoon Ha Lee's new novel is hard to sum up — in an alien world so dissimilar to ours its technology seems like magic, reality is a consensus that requires intense, rigid belief to function.

How Google's Laszlo Bock Is Making Work Better

NPR | June 24, 2016

This week on Hidden Brain, Shankar talks to Google's Laszlo Bock. Insider tips and insights about what works — and what doesn't work — in recruiting, motivating, and retaining a talented workforce.

'Good As Gone' Doesn't Quite Get To Greatness

NPR | June 23, 2016

Larry Watson sticks to what he knows and loves in his latest novel: The cinematic badlands of Montana, and a tough, taciturn Western hero. But none of his characters truly rise above ciphers.

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Music | Books

The Case For 1971 As Rock's Greatest Year

NPR | June 22, 2016 4:41 p.m.

That year, music journalist David Hepworth argues, offered an unmatched explosion of talent.

Arts | Books

Fizzy 'Vinegar Girl' Tames Shrewishness To Sparkle

NPR | June 22, 2016 12:23 p.m.

Anne Tyler's latest is part of a series of Shakespeare plays-turned-novels; she's turned The Taming of the Shrew into a modern screwball comedy about an absent-minded scientist and his daughters.

Arts | Books

'Devil's Rock' Is An Atmospheric, Gut-Twisting Descent

NPR | June 22, 2016 4 a.m.

Things are not what they seem in Paul Tremblay's new novel; a simple search for a missing child becomes a dizzying emotional vortex as ominous new details and old tragedies surface.

Arts | Books

Hot Dogs Against Conformity In 'Taste Test'

NPR | June 21, 2016 11:48 a.m.

If you're the kind of person who'd wear a hot dog costume to a princess party, you'll love Lisa Hanawalt's lushly illustrated, off-the-wall diary/food meditation/travelogue Hot Dog Taste Test.

Arts | Books

Terry McMillan's Latest: Revisiting Past Loves, Rediscovering Yourself

NPR | June 21, 2016 9:01 a.m.

In her new novel, I Almost Forgot About You, McMillan's heroine confronts midlife malaise by reconnecting with men from her past.

Arts | Books

Harry Potter Inc. Hopes To Re-Create The Magic, Hogwarts And All, With 'Cursed Child'

NPR | June 20, 2016 3:50 p.m.

Cursed Child's publisher and book retailers want you to see it as a new Potter novel. It isn't.

Arts | Books

Annie Proulx's 'Barkskins' Is Lovely, Dark, and Deep

NPR | June 20, 2016 1:04 p.m.

Annie Proulx's epic new novel is a multigenerational, multi-century epic about the fall of forests before human depredation — just don't think about how many trees went into its 700-plus pages.

Arts | Books

'The Familiar Vol. 3' Will Rewire Your Brain

NPR | June 19, 2016 9:42 a.m.

Mark Z. Danielewski's proposed 27-part saga about a girl and her very strange cat rolls on in volume 3, Honeysuckle and Pain — in which all the different voices and stories start to find a groove.

Arts | Books

Why My Mom Left Me Out Of Her Book

NPR | June 19, 2016 5:06 a.m.

Frank and Lucky Get Schooled author Lynne Rae Perkins wrote a book about her son Frank and their dog Lucky. But she left one important person out — her daughter Lucy.

Arts | Books

In 'The Girls,' A Teen's Need To Be Noticed Draws Her Into A Manson-Like Cult

NPR | June 16, 2016 4:14 p.m.

Emma Cline's debut novel was inspired by the infamous Manson family murders. But Cline says it wasn't the cult that fascinated her — it was the young girls who were so taken by it.