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Knausgaard Comes Up Short: In 'Autumn,' Less Isn't Always More

NPR Books - August 23, 2017 - 3:00am

Karl Ove Knausgaard — famed for his epic memoir My Struggle — goes for short and sweet in Autumn, a meditative seasonal reflection. But while there are lovely moments, the book strays into banality.

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Knausgaard's 'Autumn' Considers Everything From Toilet Bowls To Twilight

NPR Books - August 22, 2017 - 1:02pm

Karl Ove Knausgaard — known for his six-volume autobiographical series My Struggle — is now writing meditative, short texts, focused on a variety of topics, interspersed with letters to his daughter.

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If You Want Groundbreaking Noir, Try Looking 'In A Lonely Place'

NPR Books - August 22, 2017 - 9:31am

The 1950 film starring Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame was adapted from a lesser-known 1947 novel by Dorothy B. Hughes, who belongs in the crime-writing pantheon. The novel's just been re-released.

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Books Become A Bridge Out Of Grief In 'The Futilitarians'

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

Anne Gisleson was reeling from a series of family tragedies when she began meeting with friends to discuss books and life in post-Katrina New Orleans. Her new book chronicles a year of those meetings.

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'What She Ate': The Culinary Biographies Of Some Remarkable Women

NPR Books - August 22, 2017 - 1:01am

A new book examines the lives of six different women — such as Eleanor Roosevelt and Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown — through the food they ate. It's called What She Ate by Laura Shapiro.

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The Antifa Handbook

NPR Books - August 21, 2017 - 7:06am

The history and strategy of anti-fascist organizing.

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'Y Is For Yesterday': Sue Grafton's Penultimate Mystery Series Novel

NPR Books - August 20, 2017 - 1:59pm

Sue Grafton's latest novel is the second to last in a series spanning A to Z and 35 years worth of best-selling murder mysteries featuring fictional female detective Kinsey Millhone.

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