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What Hath Jobs Wrought?

NPR Books - June 22, 2017 - 7:06am

Odds are, you're looking at this on a smartphone.

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Shades Of Gray Turn Sumptuous In 'Chain Letter'

NPR Books - June 22, 2017 - 3:00am

In Chain Letter, cartoonist Farel Dalrymple returns to The City, the mysterious metropolis at the heart of his early 2000s series Pop Gun War. It's a weird, complicated and charming place.

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Updating Frankenstein For The Age of Black Lives Matter

NPR Books - June 22, 2017 - 2:13am

The classic tale of the Monster resurrected from the dead gets a new treatment in Victor LaValle's new limited-series comic.

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ExxonMobil Uses Carbon Tax Strategy To Its Advantage, Author Says

NPR Books - June 22, 2017 - 1:06am

ExxonMobil and several other oil companies are backing a Republican-led plan for a carbon tax. Steve Inskeep talks to Steve Coll, author of the book Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power.

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In The Event Of Attack, Here's How The Government Plans 'To Save Itself'

NPR Books - June 21, 2017 - 10:39am

In Raven Rock, Garrett Graff describes the bunkers designed to protect U.S. leaders in the event of a catastrophe. One Cold War-era plan put the post office in charge of cataloging the dead.

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'The Sarah Book' Is An Unsparing Primal Scream Of A Book

NPR Books - June 21, 2017 - 3:00am

Scott McClanahan's semi-autobiographical novel is packed with loss, pain and existential anguish, but his narrator — also named Scott — refuses to give up, no matter how often he's knocked down.

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Eddie Izzard: Coming Out Gave Me The Confidence For Everything Else

NPR Books - June 20, 2017 - 12:40pm

Fair warning: There are no actual jazz chickens in Eddie Izzard's new Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens. But it does provide insight into what makes the acclaimed comedian tick.

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Sherman Alexie Says He's Been 'Indian Du Jour' For A 'Very Long Day'

NPR Books - June 20, 2017 - 9:45am

Alexie is excited for a new generation of Native American writers to come on the scene, "so I don't have to answer all the questions," he says. His new memoir is You Don't Have to Say You Love Me.

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'The Alchemist's Daughter' Is No Frankenstein's Monster

NPR Books - June 20, 2017 - 3:00am

Theodora Goss's novel takes bits and pieces from several different monstrous mythologies — Jekyll and Hyde, Dr. Moreau and more — but she makes something new and deceptively intricate out of them.

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Sherman Alexie's New Book Is An Emotional Memoir About His Mother

NPR Books - June 20, 2017 - 1:05am

Sherman Alexie has often turned to his childhood on the Spokane Indian Reservation for inspiration. Now, he looks at the life of his mother in a memoir called You Don't Have to Say You Love Me.

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