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"If God kills, lies, cheats, discriminates, and otherwise behaves in a manner that puts the Mafia to shame, that's Okay, he's God. He can do whatever he wants. Anyone who adheres to this philosophy has had his sense of morality, decency, justice and humaneness warped beyond recognition by the very book that is supposedly preaching the opposite."

—Dennis McKinsey

 

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Book Review: 'The Moor's Account' 
  Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:22:50 -0400 
    In The Moor's Account, Laila Lalami tells the story of a 16th Century expedition in the New World from a slave's perspective.


Book News: Agent Denies That Oscar Pistorius Is Writing A Memoir 
  Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:38:00 -0400 
    Also: writers ask Amazon's board to end battle with Hachette; notable books coming out this week.


A 'Lasciviously LA' Lunch With Crime Novelist James Ellroy 
  Sun, 14 Sep 2014 17:08:00 -0400 
    Ellroy's new novel, Perfidia, follows the Los Angeles police response to a brutal murder on the eve of Pearl Harbor. In a vintage steakhouse, the author discusses the book and his tech-free lifestyle.


Millennial Generation Likes Old-Fashioned Technology: Books 
  Sun, 14 Sep 2014 07:48:00 -0400 
    NPR's Lynn Neary speaks with Lee Rainie of the Pew Research Center about a new study that looks at the reading habits of millennials.


Sprinting Toward Epiphany: Talking With A Songwriter Turned Novelist 
  Sun, 14 Sep 2014 07:48:00 -0400 
    NPR's Lynn Neary talks storytelling with John Darnielle, the creative force behind the indie-folk band The Mountain Goats and author of the new novel Wolf In White Van.


In The Quest To Make A Difference, 'A Path Appears' 
  Sun, 14 Sep 2014 07:48:00 -0400 
    Everyone wants to "make a difference" but the question is: how? Journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn set out to find the answer in their new book, A Path Appears.


A Fresh Take On Dystopia In 'Chimpanzee' 
  Sun, 14 Sep 2014 05:29:00 -0400 
    Dystopian literature usually focuses on global ills — climate change, GMO food, nuclear war. But Darin Bradley's new novel takes off from an economic collapse and the plight of student-loan debtors.


In Margaret Atwood's Latest, The Past Is Powerfully Present 
  Sat, 13 Sep 2014 17:09:00 -0400 
    Her new collection, Stone Mattress, features characters still shaped by events in their youth. She's also working on a project that's all about the future: a book that won't be read for a century.


A Cheerful Mortician Tackles The Lighter Side Of Death 
  Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:55:09 -0400 
    Caitlin Doughty has built a following on YouTube by humorously discussing the morbid elements of her profession. In her new book, she explains that she's been interested in death since childhood.


Wendy Davis Tells Of Her Own Difficult Abortions In 'Forgetting' 
  Sat, 13 Sep 2014 10:40:00 -0400 
    A champion of abortion rights, the Texas gubernatorial candidate reveals she terminated two of her pregnancies — once because her life was endangered.


The 'Witch With No Name' Rides Into The Sunset, In Style 
  Sat, 13 Sep 2014 10:03:15 -0400 
    Kim Harrison bids farewell to her long-running Hollows series of urban fantasies in spectacular fashion; reviewer Amal El-Mohtar calls Witch "a rollercoaster ride of interlocking shenanigans."


Franklin Expedition Find May Reveal 'The Horror Of The Darkness' 
  Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:39:00 -0400 
    One of the ships from a failed expedition to the Arctic in the 1800s was recently discovered. NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to Dan Simmons, who wrote a best-selling fictionalized account of the disaster.


Peter Thiel In 'Zero To One': How To Develop The Developed World 
  Sat, 13 Sep 2014 07:39:00 -0400 
    NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to investor and Paypal cofounder Peter Thiel about his new book, Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future.


'The Dog': Dubious Dealings In Dubai 
  Sat, 13 Sep 2014 05:36:46 -0400 
    There are no winners in Joseph O'Neill's new novel The Dog, just a long downward spiral into stalemate as the nameless narrator flees a bad breakup and gets mired in shady financial dealings in Dubai.


As Independence Vote Approaches, A Spirited Novel About The Scottish Experience 
  Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:22:00 -0400 
    Next week the people of Scotland vote on whether to become independent from the U.K. Author Marie Mutsuki Mockett recommends a book that illuminates the Scottish psyche, Iain Banks' The Crow Road.
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