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Reading The Game: 'The Last Of Us'

NPR | Jan. 19, 2017 4:03 p.m.

Our occasional series on storytelling in video games continues with a look at The Last of Us. Set in a world undone by a fungal apocalypse, it follows a grizzled smuggler and his surrogate daughter.

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'Meaning of Michelle' Essays Celebrate First Lady's Realness

NPR | Jan. 17, 2017 9:40 a.m.

In a new collection, 16 essayists describe how Michelle Obama helped change the perception of black women and the White House.

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Zhou Youguang, Architect Of A Bridge Between Languages, Dies At 111

NPR | Jan. 14, 2017 2:07 p.m.

In the 1950s, the linguist — then an "amateur" — helped create a system to Romanize Chinese writing. Zhou's system helped boost literacy and diminished the linguistic divide between East and West.

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William Peter Blatty, Author Of 'The Exorcist,' Dies At 89

NPR | Jan. 13, 2017 8:20 p.m.

The novelist died from cancer on Thursday. Blatty was best known for writing the best-selling 1971 horror fiction about a 12-year-old girl, possessed by the devil, before the 1973 film became a hit.

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In 'Nicotine,' A Longtime Smoker Confronts His Old Habit

NPR | Jan. 13, 2017 1:41 p.m.

Writer Gregor Hens doesn't smoke anymore, but he still thinks about it every day. He says he started writing his memoir as a way to deal with the longing.

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Prolific Author And Jazz Writer Nat Hentoff Dies At 91

NPR | Jan. 8, 2017 4:08 a.m.

The First Amendment champion and lifelong jazz enthusiast authored dozens of books and regularly contributed to several newspapers, in a writing career spanning more than six decades.

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Simon & Schuster Will Publish Book By Breitbart Editor, Despite Criticism

NPR | Jan. 3, 2017 1:17 p.m.

Some Simon & Schuster authors are outraged over plans to publish the book by Milo Yiannopoulos, widely known for his attacks against actress Leslie Jones on Twitter.

World | Nation | Books

Trump Might Learn From Saddam Hussein's Skipping Of Intelligence Briefings

NPR | Dec. 31, 2016 10:24 a.m.

Former CIA analyst John Nixon interrogated Saddam Hussein after his capture. He tells NPR's Scott Simon that he's not an apologist for Hussein, but he did come away with grudging respect for the man.

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You've Got Mail: Book Boxes Offer Novels And Novelty Items

NPR | Dec. 24, 2016 4 a.m.

It's OK if you haven't heard of book box subscriptions. These relatively new services, available in all kinds of genres, deliver curated selections of books and extras to subscribers every month.

Election | Arts | Books

Still Puzzled By The Election? Authors Prescribe Fiction For Better Understanding

NPR | Dec. 23, 2016 9:07 a.m.

"There is no better way to see through somebody else's eyes than by reading fiction," says novelist Jennifer Haigh.