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Unquiet Minds Make Absorbing Reading In 'Imagine Me Gone'

NPR | May 06, 2016

Adam Haslett's new novel focuses on a family tormented by father-and-son battles with chronic depression and anxiety. He captures the lasting reverberations of suicide with precision and tenderness.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Comics, More Comics, Free Comics And Keanu

NPR | May 06, 2016

This week's show takes us on a tour of what's on offer for Free Comic Book Day and also finds us watching Key & Peele's kitten-driven action comedy.

Free Comic Book Day 2016: Even Archie Has Something New To Say

NPR | May 06, 2016

Glen Weldon runs down all 50 of the books on offer for Free Comic Book Day and explains how you can get your share of the goods.

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'The Queue' Carries On A Dystopian Lineage

NPR | May 5, 2016 12:33 p.m.

Basma Abdel Aziz's new novel is set in an unspecified Middle Eastern city, where an endless line snakes back from the mysterious Gate where citizens await pronouncements from a sinister government.

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Novelist Richard Russo: 'I Find Myself Now ... Having Lived The American Dream'

NPR | May 5, 2016 8:11 a.m.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author says his blue-collar grandfather would have been astonished by the life Russo leads. His new book, Everybody's Fool, is a sequel to 1993's Nobody's Fool.

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'Where's Warhol?' Turns The Waldo Concept Into A Work Of Art

NPR | May 4, 2016 8:07 a.m.

High art is highly entertaining in this grown-up goof on the Where's Waldo? books. Readers hunt down a tiny Andy Warhol against a series of elaborately detailed art and culture-themed backgrounds.

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'The Chimes' Is A Post-Apocalyptic Hymn To The Power Of Memory

NPR | May 3, 2016 10:44 a.m.

Violinist and author Anna Smaill's musical training shows through in her debut novel. The Chimes is set in a post-apocalyptic London where a mysterious order controls the population via music.

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DeLillo's 'Zero K' Freezes At The Edge Of Immortality

NPR | May 2, 2016 10:44 a.m.

In Don DeLillo's new novel, a billionaire secretly funds an enterprise aimed at preserving people through cryogenics — a technology he hopes to use to rejoin his already-frozen wife.

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No Pink, But Plenty Of Red, In Hack-N-Slash 'Fairyland'

NPR | May 2, 2016 8:58 a.m.

Skottie Young's comic may horrify (or delight) the parents of princess-obsessed kids. It's the story of a not-so-little girl who's gone a little violent after 27 years trapped in a sparkly fairyland.

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The Mathematics Of Magic And Loss In 'Square Root Of Summer'

NPR | May 1, 2016 4 a.m.

Teenaged math whiz Gottie knows a little too much about subtraction; her fractured family is spinning apart sfter the death of her beloved grandfather — and that's before the time wormholes appear.

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Weeping For All That Is Lost: A Harsh Migration Out Of India

NPR | April 30, 2016 7 a.m.

Sunjeev Sahota's new novel follows three men who journey from India to England, looking for a better life. But NPR's Nishant Dahiya says that life turns out to be a complex, and often dangerous one.

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Song Of My Self-Help: Follow Walt Whitman's 'Manly Health' Tips (Or Maybe Don't)

NPR | April 30, 2016 4:58 a.m.

In 1858, the poet published a series of advice columns — titled "Manly Health and Training" — in which he recommends wearing a beard, taking a cold bath every morning and avoiding condiments.

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Stars Tell The Story Of This Fairy Tale-Inspired 'Queen'

NPR | April 30, 2016 4 a.m.

Roshani Chokshi's smooth and assured debut draws on folk and fairy tales — Bluebeard, Persephone, Beauty and the Beast — for the story of a young girl whose ominous horoscope sends her on a journey.