'Timid Son' Celebrates Mambas And Manly Men

NPR | April 10, 2015 10:44 a.m.

Kent Russell's collection of autobiographical short stories explores the extremes of masculinity — like a man who's developing an immunity to snake venom by letting cobras and black mambas bite him.

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Ivan Doig, Author Who Chronicled The American West, Dies

AP | April 9, 2015 11:57 a.m.

Ivan Doig, an award-winning author whose books set in his native Montana made him one of the most respected writers of the American West, has died at his Seattle home.

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A Ghostly Chorus Narrates 'The World Before Us'

NPR | April 1, 2015 3:26 p.m.

Aislinn Hunter's new novel tells two parallel tales of two young girls — both gone missing in the same place, a century apart. Reviewer Jean Zimmerman says the book's tough truths held her interest.

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Understanding The Dark Side Of Enlightenment On 'Diamond Mountain'

NPR | March 31, 2015 10:37 a.m.

Author Scott Carney's new A Death on Diamond Mountain unravels the complicated paths that led an American Buddhist seeker not to nirvana, but to his death in a cave in the Arizona desert.

Elections | Nation | Books

Elizabeth Warren On Hillary Clinton And Running For President

NPR | March 30, 2015 1:19 p.m.

The darling of the left again denied any interest in running for president in an interview with WBUR's Here & Now. But her politics — and followers — will have an influence on Hillary Clinton.

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ICYMI Your Picks For Oregon's Official State Book

OPB | March 27, 2015 4 p.m. | Portland

We asked you to share your nominations for Oregon's official state book. Here's what you told us.

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Can Amor Truly Vincit Omnia? Chaucer Doth Advise

NPR | Feb. 17, 2015 7:51 a.m.

Our favorite 14th-century poet and advice columnist Geoffrey Chaucer is back with sage words for lovers and beloved alike this Valentine's Day. And pictures of cats, "for cattes plese al folke."

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Sluggish Ports Giving Some Oregon Businesses Problems

AP | Feb. 9, 2015 3:04 p.m.

Some Oregon businesses say slowdowns resulting from a labor dispute at West Coast ports are affecting their operations coming and going.

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Don't Have A 'Cow,' Man

NPR | Feb. 9, 2015 6:32 a.m.

No, really, don't. Reviewer Michael Schaub says David Duchovny's new novel Holy Cow is a mess of corny humor and half-baked, phoned in plotting. Fans may want to believe — but they shouldn't.

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After Surviving Haiti's Earthquake, Laura Wagner Turned to Fiction

PRI's The World | Jan. 12, 2015 2:22 p.m.

Laura Rose Wagner was in Haiti to research her Ph.D. thesis when a devastating earthquake hit in 2010. Wagner, like many others, spent hours trapped under the rubble. Now she's out with a new novel about making it through Haiti's post-earthquake life.