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'The Once And Future Liberal' Looks At Shortfalls Of American Liberalism

NPR Books - August 15, 2017 - 12:29pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Mark Lilla, author of the book, The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics, which looks at the failure of American liberalism over the past two generations.

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Novelist Max Brooks On Doomsday, Dyslexia And Growing Up With Hollywood Parents

NPR Books - August 15, 2017 - 10:29am

Brooks' stable childhood with parents Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft stands in contrast to the wild stories he tells in novels like World War Z and Minecraft: The Island.

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Good Booty

NPR Books - August 15, 2017 - 7:18am

What rhymes with tutti frutti?

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'Home Fire' Puts A Topical Spin On Ancient Greek Tragedy

NPR Books - August 15, 2017 - 6:00am

Kamila Shamsie's new book — beautifully written and paced — updates the ancient story of Antigone to tell an explosive story of two families tangled together by love, grief and religious radicalism.

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'Hail To The Chin': B-List Actor Bruce Campbell Returns With A Memoir Of Middle Age

NPR Books - August 15, 2017 - 3:00am

Campbell's second collection of rants and ruminations is just as enjoyably smarmy as his first, though the actor's ruthlessly sardonic outlook has mellowed.

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Be More Than A Bookstore: A Brick-And-Mortar Shop's Key To Success

NPR Books - August 15, 2017 - 12:53am

Barnes & Noble is experimenting with food, Amazon is replicating its online business and an indie shop aims to be part of the community. Ultimately, they all want to sell more books.

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Poet Imagines Life Inside A 1910 Institution That Eugenics Built

NPR Books - August 14, 2017 - 11:25am

Molly McCully Brown, who has cerebral palsy, says that if she'd been born in a different era, she might have been sent to the "Virginia State Colony," an early landmark of the U.S. eugenics movement.

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In Children's Storybooks, Realism Has Advantages

NPR Books - August 14, 2017 - 7:47am

Young children have an easier time exporting what they learn from a fictional storybook to the real world when the storybook is realistic, says psychologist Tania Lombrozo.

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'Ghost Of The Innocent Man' Chronicles Justice Too Long Delayed

NPR Books - August 13, 2017 - 3:00am

Benjamin Rachlin's crisply-written new book tells the story of Willie Grimes, who spent 24 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit — and the tortuous legal struggle that eventually freed him.

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