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Philip Pullman Returns To The Dark Materials Universe In A New Prequel — Er, 'Equel'

5 hours 21 min ago

The fantasy world of the author's His Dark Materials series is back in The Book Of Dust: La Belle Sauvage. It's the first entry in a new trilogy.

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No One's Hands Are Clean In 'The Butchering Art'

6 hours 33 min ago

Lindsey Fitzharris' new book about the horrors of Victorian medicine and the introduction of antisepsis is a vital, effective history — but perhaps you shouldn't read it with a full stomach.

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Anthony Bourdain On 'Appetites,' Washing Dishes And The Food He Still Won't Eat

October 20, 2017 - 9:21am

The TV host's new documentary is Wasted! The Story of Food Waste. In 2016, Bourdain spoke to Fresh Air about cooking for his young daughter: "If she's not happy, I'm not happy."

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'I'm Just Trying To Make Myself Laugh': 'New Yorker' Artist Shares His Cover Stories

October 20, 2017 - 7:00am

Barry Blitt's new book features some of the cartoonist's most memorable and merciless work, including his 2008 drawing of Barack and Michelle Obama fist-bumping in the Oval Office.

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Gabrielle Union Gets Real In 'We're Going To Need More Wine'

October 20, 2017 - 12:58am

Union has graced screens big and small since the '90s. Now she's written a frank, funny essay collection that's not just a celebrity tell-all (though she does dish on Heath Ledger's dreaminess).

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New Book Argues A Theory In Policing Is To Blame For Eric Garner's Death

October 19, 2017 - 12:16pm

Eric Garner was killed by the police in New York City in 2014. His final words were, "I can't breathe." A book by journalist Matt Taibbi argues that "Broken Windows" is to blame for Garner's death.

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For Novelist John Green, OCD Is Like An 'Invasive Weed' Inside His Mind

October 19, 2017 - 10:34am

"It starts out with one little thought, and then slowly that becomes the only thought that you're able to have," Green says. His new novel, Turtles All The Way Down, is about a teenage girl with OCD.

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Amnesty For Little Book Lovers: New York City Libraries Shelve Kids' Late Fees

October 19, 2017 - 8:19am

On Thursday, the city's public library systems are forgiving fines on overdue materials checked out by readers age 17 and under, reopening library doors to young readers once blocked by unpaid fees.

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The Book That Changed The Borders

October 19, 2017 - 7:06am

On this show, we show how the book "Borderlands" has been integrated into the Chicana and feminist literary canon.

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Custom-Printed Cocktails On The Moon? 'Soonish' Shows Us How

October 19, 2017 - 6:00am

Zach and Kelly Weinersmith's accessible, occasionally goofy new book lays out futuristic fantasies (like matter-printed cocktails) and connects them to projects scientists are working on right now.

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Tom Hanks Considers The Cosmos, Nora Ephron, And A Man Dressed As A Shrimp

October 19, 2017 - 2:01am

Tom Hanks has written a short story collection called Uncommon Type. Here, he talks about stories, characters, the film goddess Pelicula, and what happened to the suit he wore as David S. Pumpkins.

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Night + Market Chef's New Cookbook Combines Thai Food And Fun

October 19, 2017 - 1:04am

David Greene talks to chef Kris Yenbamroong about his new cookbook. It's titled: Night Market: Delicious Thai Food to Facilitate Drinking and Fun-Having Amongst Friends.

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Philip Pullman's Realm Of Poetry And Inspiration

October 19, 2017 - 1:00am

Pullman — author of the beloved His Dark Materials trilogy — says poet William Blake's idea of mystical multiple vision, of different ways of seeing, is "absolutely central" to his new book.

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In New Cookbook, Acclaimed Indian Restaurant Finally Spills Its Secrets

October 18, 2017 - 11:28am

Rasika, a top eatery in Washington, D.C., is famous for its crispy spinach and modern twists on classic dishes. Now the owner and chef are sharing some of their prized — and adventurous — recipes.

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