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When Making Books Was As Much Of An Art As Writing Them

NPR Books - November 23, 2017 - 4:56pm

The Larkspur Press in Kentucky is two years behind schedule, with no plans to catch up. Printer Gray Zeitz sets each letter of the book by hand and then prints on a press from the early 1900s.

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J.K. Rowling's 'Harry Potter' Translated To Scots, Marking 80th Language

NPR Books - November 23, 2017 - 1:38pm

Harry Potter and the Socerer's Stone has been translated to 79 languages. Today, it was published in its 80th translation — Scots.

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Jimmy Fallon On The School Of 'SNL' And His Tendency To Smile Too Much

NPR Books - November 23, 2017 - 10:34am

As a kid, Fallon smiled even when he was in trouble: "There was a report card from kindergarten and the comment from the teacher was, 'Jimmy smiles too much.' " Originally broadcast Oct. 12, 2017.

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As The Holiday Season Gets Started, A Look Back At Aprons And Their Stories

NPR Books - November 23, 2017 - 9:14am

For EllynAnne Geisel, aprons are a way to connect to past generations, often women, who once wore them. For years she has collected different designs and shared the joy they bring her with others.

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'The End We Start From' Chronicles Motherhood In The Midst Of Crisis

NPR Books - November 22, 2017 - 1:44pm

Megan Hunter's new book follows a woman and her newborn who flee an epic flood. "What would it be like if there was an environmental crisis ... in London," she asks, "and where would people go?"

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'Creatures Of Will And Temper' Is A Slow-Burn Slide Into Deviltry

NPR Books - November 22, 2017 - 4:00am

Molly Tanzer gives us a seductive, alternate version of Victorian England in her new novel — by turns smoky and smutty, wondrous and louche. And then, embedded carefully in that world, demons.

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From 'Inky's Great Escape' To Singing Seahorses: Animal Books For The Holidays

NPR Books - November 22, 2017 - 3:01am

From real-life, seaweed-carrying dolphins to fictional singing seahorses, animals in these new books can excite the mind, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.

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In 'Spineless,' How Jellyfish Have Survived Throughout Time

NPR Books - November 21, 2017 - 1:29pm

Jellyfish may seem like simple sea creatures, but their translucent bodies and stinging abilities have allowed them to survive for millions of years. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks about jellyfish with Juli Berwald, author the new book, Spineless.

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Journalist Investigating Trump And Russia Says 'Full Picture Is One Of Collusion'

NPR Books - November 21, 2017 - 11:47am

"The constellation of Russian connections circling around Planet Trump is quite extraordinary," says Guardian reporter Luke Harding. His new book is Collusion.

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A Classics Professor Explains 'Why Bob Dylan Matters'

NPR Books - November 21, 2017 - 4:00am

Harvard professor Richard F. Thomas teaches a popular class on the importance of Bob Dylan, and now he's turned it into a book, full of stories, personal history and the occasional comparison to Ovid.

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