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'The Gunners' Seems Simple At First ... But Keep Reading

NPR Books - March 22, 2018 - 3:00am

Rebecca Kauffman's new novel centers on a group of friends who reunite after a funeral, and spend an evening together. It's a deceptively simple story with a powerful message: Accept your feelings.

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Whiting Awards Announce 10 Winners, Aiming To Honor Future Bookshelf Staples

NPR Books - March 21, 2018 - 3:30pm

Since it began in 1985, the annual prize has recognized emerging writers. And while you may not know the winners announced Wednesday, their futures are bright — if previous winners are any indication.

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'Let's No One Get Hurt' Is A Lyrical, Powerful Coming-Of-Age Story

NPR Books - March 21, 2018 - 3:00am

Jon Pineda's new novel follows a young girl living with her father in an old boathouse, somewhere in the Southern United States. It's a well-written book that manages to be both honest and poetic.

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'Like A Jazz Musician': Past Poet Laureate Philip Levine's Posthumous LP

NPR Books - March 20, 2018 - 12:21pm

Before his death in 2015, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet collaborated with saxophonist Benjamin Boone in the recording studio. The results have finally been released as The Poetry Of Jazz.

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Author Traces Christianity's Path From 'Forbidden Religion' To A 'Triumph'

NPR Books - March 20, 2018 - 9:04am

Religion scholar Bart Ehrman says that the early spread of Christianity transformed the entire history of the West — for better or worse. His new book is The Triumph Of Christianity.

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Jennifer Palmieri: Hillary Ran With 'Half Her Humanity Tied Behind Her Back'

NPR Books - March 20, 2018 - 7:37am

Palmieri is out with a new book, Dear Madam President, and it's both a retrospective on the 2016 election and a compendium of advice for the first woman to make it to the Oval Office.

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Taking Down Confederate Statues Was The First Step

NPR Books - March 20, 2018 - 7:06am

Mayor Mitch Landrieu says it's time for white Southerners to confront their region's past.

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'Bizarre Romance' Finds Love, But Misses That Perfect Moment

NPR Books - March 20, 2018 - 3:00am

Audrey Niffenegger's new book is a collaboration with her husband, comics artist Eddie Campbell — but Campbell's style doesn't jell with Niffenegger's writing, leading to an uneven experience.

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