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Harry Potter Fans, Rejoice! New Book From The Wizarding World Coming This Summer

NPR | Feb. 11, 2016 7:42 a.m.

The book, called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II picks up the story of Harry and co. where the series epilogue left off. It will comprise the script of a play of the same name.

Nation | Education | Books

What Kids Need From Grown-Ups (But Aren't Getting)

NPR | Feb. 9, 2016 9:33 a.m.

Author Erika Christakis mounts a spirited defense of a four-letter word that, she says, isn't used nearly enough in early classrooms: P-L-A-Y.

Business | Books | Arts

How Do You Spot A Nonconformist? You Can Start With Their Internet Browser

NPR | Feb. 9, 2016 6:59 a.m.

According to Adam Grant, a person's preferred browser is one way to tell whether they accept or reject the defaults in their life. His new book is called Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World.

Technology | Nation | Business | Books

Is Amazon Planning Hundreds Of Bookstores? Analysts Doubt It

NPR | Feb. 3, 2016 7:01 p.m.

A mall real-estate executive let slip that Amazon plans to build up to 400 walk-in stores. Analysts were skeptical, and now the executive says his comment wasn't intended to represent Amazon's plans.

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The Hong Kong Bookseller Who's Keeping 'Banned' Books On His Shelves

NPR | Feb. 3, 2016 12:51 p.m.

Five people in Hong Kong's book industry disappeared. All were linked to books forbidden in mainland China. Here's one bookseller who says he has no plans to remove the "banned" works.

Health | Nation | Books | Arts

To Rebuild 'The Collapse Of Parenting,' It's Going To Be A Challenge

NPR | Feb. 3, 2016 11:44 a.m.

Parents struggle with the balance of being a friend versus being a taskmaster. Their job, says Dr. Leonard Sax, is to "keep your child safe" and "give kids choices in some domains but not in others."

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Family Is Tyranny Writ Small In 'Kookooland'

NPR | Feb. 3, 2016 6:09 a.m.

Gloria Norris' wrenching, darkly funny memoir of her abusive father has strong parallels to accounts of life in the Soviet Union. How do you respond to tyranny? What would it cost you to rebel?

Technology | Books | Arts

A Sampler Of Web Comics To Keep You Clicking

NPR | Feb. 2, 2016 6:41 a.m.

Web comics have matured a lot in recent years. They're more confident and more willing to experiment with the medium. We've got a sampler of the most absorbing for your weekend reading pleasure.

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Book Diagnoses Darwin With Anxiety And Warhol As A Hoarder

NPR | Jan. 31, 2016 5:55 a.m.

Journalist Claudia Kalb uses biographical material and modern-day mental health to get inside the heads of history's great personalities. Her new book is called Andy Warhol Was A Hoarder.

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How Meditation, Placebos And Virtual Reality Help Power 'Mind Over Body'

NPR | Jan. 26, 2016 12:04 p.m.

Science writer Jo Marchant says that the mind can play an important role in dealing with a variety of health concerns, including pain, heart disease and depression. Marchant's new book is Cure.