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In 'Porcelain,' Moby Searches For Validation And Finds Unlikely Success

NPR | May 26, 2016

The electronic musician's memoir traces his journey from Connecticut suburbs to New York City raves.

'Too Tough To Die,' Cass Neary Cuts A Jagged Path Through Crime Fiction

NPR | May 26, 2016

This week, the NPR Books Time Machine is rewinding Elizabeth Hand's gritty, punk-inflected Cass Neary mystery series. "Scary Neary" is an aging rocker with addiction issues and a talent for trouble.

'Smoke' Author Dan Vyleta Keeps It Messy

NPR | May 25, 2016

Dan Vyleta's new novel imagines a world where inner faults and sins are made visible by black smoke curling from bodies. He says his big, sprawling narratives were inspired by the works of Dickens.

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'City Of Mirrors' Brings The Passage Trilogy To An Epic End

NPR | May 25, 2016 4 a.m.

Justin Cronin's blood-and-thunder tale of a viral vampire apocalypse began in 2010 with The Passage. He brings it to a rousing conclusion in his new book, hitting all the beats fans have waited for.

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'Smoke' Is A Gloriously Murky Vision Of The Past

NPR | May 24, 2016 4 a.m.

Dan Vyleta's new novel imagines an alternate Victorian England where ill deeds (and even ill thoughts) are made visible by vile black Smoke; it's a marker not just of personal worth but also class.

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Sherman Alexie On His New Kids' Book And The Angst Of Being A 'Jr.'

NPR | May 23, 2016 1:14 p.m.

Alexie says he always struggled with being named after his dad — so he decided to write a book about it. Thunder Boy Jr. is about a little boy who is eager to have his own name and be his own person.

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From Duke To The Dead, Ralph J. Gleason Loved It All

NPR | May 23, 2016 6:24 a.m.

Two new volumes of work by the legendary music writer Ralph J. Gleason are out this spring. Though he grew up during the Jazz Age, Gleason loved acts like Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead too.

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Joe Hill On 'Fireman,' Family And ... Fart Cookies?

NPR | May 22, 2016 5:54 a.m.

Novelist Joe Hill's latest, The Fireman, is an apocalyptic plague tale about a pathogen that makes sufferers explode. He says his father Stephen King has had a great influence on his storytelling.

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'Sounds And Sweet Airs' Remembers The Forgotten Women Of Classical Music

NPR | May 22, 2016 5:54 a.m.

Did you know Mendelssohn's sister Fanny and Schumman's wife Clara were accomplished composers, too?

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'Letters To Kevin': What We Have Here Is A Failure To Communicate

NPR | May 22, 2016 4 a.m.

Stephen Dixon's new book is a loopy, madcap tale with a simple premise: A young man is trying to call an old friend. But he's foiled at every turn, by a series of events that get increasingly weird.

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'Girls On Fire' Is Terrifying, Upsetting And Beautiful

NPR | May 21, 2016 4 a.m.

Young adult author Robin Wasserman's new novel is definitely just for grown-ups — it's a tangled, thrilling story of two friends gone very wrong; hard to put down, with a twist you won't see coming.

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Guest DJ Junot Diaz: 'It Takes Guts To Be Alive'

NPR | May 20, 2016 5:46 a.m.

The author visits Alt.Latino to discuss a wide range of subjects — and play a wide range of music.

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'Little Labors' Is No Small Feat

NPR | May 19, 2016 10 a.m.

Rivka Galchen's meditation on motherhood is wry, low-key and non-linear, inspired by the 11th-century Japanese classic The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon — and the sleep-deprived brains of new parents.