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'Unforgivable Love' Resets Steamy 'Dangerous Liaisons' In 1940s Harlem

NPR Books - September 24, 2017 - 4:02am

The retelling of the 1782 French novel has just as much betrayal and bed-hopping as the original, but in a new locale. Author Sophfronia Scott explains why Harlem — and how she writes good sex scenes.

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Leveling Up In The Video Game Industry, Without Checkpoints: 'Significant Zero'

NPR Books - September 24, 2017 - 3:00am

Videogame writer Walt Williams describes his Red-Bull-and-Adderal-fueled advancement in a competitive and secretive industry. Critic Jason Sheehan says the book "plays out ... like a videogame."

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'Inside Studio 54' Takes You Behind The Velvet Rope, And Into Some Dark Corners

NPR Books - September 23, 2017 - 6:00am

Owner Mark Fleischman's memoir drops plenty of celebrity names while detailing the day-to-day logistics (and the drugs) that kept the nightspot running.

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A Suicide Reverberates In 'The Ninth Hour'

NPR Books - September 23, 2017 - 4:11am

NPR's Scott Simon talks to author Alice McDermott about her new novel, The Ninth Hour. It starts with a suicide and then reveals how the kindness of faithful strangers can steer people's lives.

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Poetry For Kids Who Are 'Just No Good At Rhyming'

NPR Books - September 23, 2017 - 4:11am

Poetry has to rhyme, doesn't it? Chris Harris talks with Scott Simon about his new book for kids called I'm Just No good at Rhyming.

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