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'Good Booty' Explores A Century Of Music, Sex And American Culture

NPR | Aug. 21, 2017 3 p.m.

In her new book Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music, Ann Powers explores how popular music became America's primary erotic art form.

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'Stay With Me' Is A Novel Of Commitment, Culture And The Struggle To Conceive

NPR | Aug. 21, 2017 8:45 a.m.

Set in Nigeria in the 1980s, Ayobami Adebayo's debut novel tells the story of a couple who desperately want to have a child, in a society where that's what's expected of them.

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Sweet, Generous 'Wild Things' Is A Playful Survey Of Kid Lit

NPR | Aug. 20, 2017 4 a.m.

Bruce Handy's new book takes an emotional, intuitive look at the world of children's books, from Goodnight Moon to Charlotte's Web, which he calls "a mastery novel of ideas" about life and death.

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In 'The Stone Sky,' Some Worlds Need To Burn

NPR | Aug. 19, 2017 4 a.m.

N.K. Jemisin won Hugo Awards for the first two volumes of her Broken Earth trilogy. The Stone Sky is a powerful, timely finale to this story of a world built on oppression and exploitation.

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In 'Good Booty,' Our Hot And Heavy Love Affair With Pop Music

NPR | Aug. 17, 2017 4 a.m.

Sex is such an inextricable part of pop music, it's easy to overlook, but NPR Music critic Ann Powers rectifies that in her new book, a portrait of America's obsession with sex as it manifests in pop.

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3 Romances For Your August Escape

NPR | Aug. 16, 2017 10 a.m.

The lazy days of August call for getaway reading, so we've got three romances that'll take you from old China to the small-town South, featuring couples who learn love is closer than they think.

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Catch A Philosophical Wave In 'Surfing With Sartre'

NPR | Aug. 16, 2017 9:54 a.m.

Philosophy professor and avid surfer Aaron James brings his two passions together in his new book, drawing connections between the surfer's state of mind and age-old philosophical conundrums.

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An Oddball Family That Can't Connect In 'How To Behave In A Crowd'

NPR | Aug. 16, 2017 4 a.m.

Camille Bordas keeps things light in her smart, charming new novel, but there are serious underpinnings to this story about the youngest member of a family of quirky, emotionally closed overachievers.

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'Hail To The Chin': B-List Actor Bruce Campbell Returns With A Memoir Of Middle Age

NPR | Aug. 15, 2017 8:30 a.m.

Campbell's second collection of rants and ruminations is just as enjoyably smarmy as his first, though the actor's ruthlessly sardonic outlook has mellowed.

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Life Lessons (With Zombies) In 'Minecraft: The Island'

NPR | Aug. 15, 2017 7:17 a.m.

Max Brooks' latest novel is set in the world of the popular video game Minecraft — and once you get past that, it has a lot of valuable ideas for young readers, cleverly disguised with plenty of fun.