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"From your parents you learn love and laughter and how to put one foot before the other. But when books are opened you discover that you have wings."

—Helen Hayes (b. 1900) American actress, Academy Award winner

 

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Where Love's Concerned, This 'Magic Barrel' Is No Magic Bullet 
  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:03:18 -0400 
    Anya Ulinich's new graphic novel is inspired by Bernard Malamud's "The Barrel" — both star choosy loners looking for love. But Malamud's swoony violins and lit candles don't apply to Lena Finkle.


Book News: George W. Bush Coming Out With Biography Of His Father 
  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:16:07 -0400 
    Also: a novel by Oscar Hijuelos will be published posthumously; Stephen Marche on the inevitability of literary failure.


This 'Suitcase' Is Packed With Sharp, Funny, Tragic Tales 
  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:03:00 -0400 
    Yelena Akhtiorskaya's debut is a funny, sometimes heartbreaking, uniquely American chronicle of a family of Soviet immigrants who have transplanted a bit of their home to Brooklyn's Brighton Beach.


Want To See The World? Try A Library In Queens 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:13:00 -0400 
    One of the nation's most diverse counties boasts a library system befitting the distinction. Since launching a program for immigrants, it's worked to keep pace with the borough's changing population.


Book News: PEN Award Winners Include Poet Frank Bidart, Ron Childress 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:44:29 -0400 
    Also: Rand Paul plans to come out with a book in 2015; Jesse Ventura was awarded almost $2 million in a defamation suit.


Pop-Up Books Make Environmental Science Easy-Peasy For Kids 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:04:00 -0400 
    Author Christiane Dorion distills complex scientific concepts into bite-sized explanations. "You can teach anything to children if you pitch it at the right level and use the right words," she says.


An Unconventional Family On The Road To Happiness In 'Lucky Us' 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 07:03:13 -0400 
    Amy Bloom's new novel follows two half-sisters from a disastrous stint in 1920s Hollywood, to happiness with an unexpected, impromptu family group in the disruptive years around World War II.


Out Of Ukraine, This 'Suitcase' Packs An Immigrant's Story With Humor 
  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:09:00 -0400 
    Ari Shapiro talks with first-time novelist Yelena Akhtiorskaya about her book, Panic in a Suitcase.


In 'Blue Eyed Boy,' Author Reveals Long Recovery From Facial Burns 
  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:01:00 -0400 
    Robert Timberg, who was disfigured by a land mine as a Marine in Vietnam, went on to become a successful journalist. His new memoir Blue Eyed Boy charts his struggle to recover from his wounds.


'Ride Around Shining' Reimagines Gatsby's Nouveau-Riche Excess 
  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:01:00 -0400 
    Chris Leslie-Hynan's debut novel follows a white grad student who's a chauffeur to a black basketball player. It references The Great Gatsby often with fresh takes on race, manhood and meritocracy.


Do You Dare To Venture Through These Tangled 'Woods'? 
  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:10:00 -0400 
    Graphic novelist Emily Carroll's gorgeous new collection of horror stories entwines words and pictures to deliver delicious, twisted-fairy-tale chills. Strange things come and go in these woods.


Book News: Louise Shivers, Author Of 'Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail,' Dies 
  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:35:00 -0400 
    Also: Linda Gregerson has a new poem in The New Yorker; allegations of sexual harassment at the country's biggest comic book convention.


Crime Writer Creates A Hero For Her Beloved, Much-Maligned South LA 
  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:55:12 -0400 
    In her new book, Rachel Howzell Hall introduces Elouise "Lou" Norton, a fiercely ambitious homicide detective who patrols the same Los Angeles streets that she — and Hall — grew up on.


In 'Ghost Month,' A Murder-Mystery Tour Of Taipei 
  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 04:55:00 -0400 
    In Taiwan, August is the month ghosts return from the afterlife. Linda Wertheimer talks to author Ed Lin about his mystery Ghost Month, set largely in the night markets and food stalls of Taipei.


Book Review: 'A Replacement Life' 
  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:09:53 -0400 
    Alan Cheuse reviews A Replacement Life, Boris Fishman's humorous account of Holocaust survivors in today's New York.
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