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In 'Amatka,' A Warped And Chilling Portrait Of Post-Truth Reality

NPR Books - June 27, 2017 - 3:00am

Karin Tidbeck's new novel is set in the mysterious city of Amatka, an agricultural colony ruled by a totalitarian government — but this is no standard dystopia. In Amatka, language has strange power.

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On Harry Potter's 20th Anniversary, Listen To His NPR Debut

NPR Books - June 26, 2017 - 12:28pm

The first Harry Potter book came out 20 years ago today. One year later, in 1998, was the first time we mentioned the book, on All Things Considered. Here's Margot Adler's piece in its entirety.

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The Call-In: Your Questions About Making Relationships Last

NPR Books - June 25, 2017 - 4:06am

It's wedding season! For this week's Call-In, Mandy Len Catron, author of the new book How to Fall in Love with Anyone, answers your questions about love and relationships.

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A New Delhi Family Learns To Navigate Wealth After A 'Windfall'

NPR Books - June 25, 2017 - 4:06am

Diksha Basu's new novel was inspired by the explosion of wealth she saw in 1990s India. She says money is a complex thing, and it takes a while for her characters to see that.

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An Ancient Curse Awakens In 'The Suffering Tree'

NPR Books - June 25, 2017 - 3:00am

A family curse, a resurrection and a vengeful witch are at the center of Elle Cosimano's Southern Gothic chiller The Suffering Tree. But the book elides its setting's history of racial violence.

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'But Seriously,' Tennis Great John McEnroe Says He's Seeking 'Inner Peace'

NPR Books - June 25, 2017 - 2:16am

Known for his on-court outbursts, McEnroe famously yelled, "You cannot be serious!" at one official. Now, decades later, he says it's a "miracle" if he goes a full day without hearing that line.

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'Interlaced Fingers' Traces Roots Of Racial Disparity In Kidney Transplants

NPR Books - June 24, 2017 - 2:03pm

When Dr. Vanessa Grubbs fell in love with a man whose kidneys were failing, he'd been waiting for a transplant for years. Her book explores the ways racial inequity is embedded in the system.

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