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Book News: Daniel Handler Apologizes For Jokes At National Book Awards 
  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:17:00 -0500 
    Handler, better known as Lemony Snicket, hosted Wednesday's ceremony — and made a few racially charged jokes while doing so. He apologized after a backlash Thursday. Also: A Beach Boy plans a memoir.


Book Review: 'Citizen: An American Lyric' 
  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:24:59 -0500 
    Poet Tess Taylor reviews "Citizen: An American Lyric" by Claudia Rankine. It's been nominated for a National Book Award.


'Redeployment' Explores Iraq War's Physical And Psychic Costs 
  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:09:55 -0500 
    In his short story collection, former Marine Phil Klay takes his experience in Iraq and clarifies it. On Wednesday, he won the National Book Award for fiction.


Sen. Mitch McConnell's Political Life, Examined, In 'The Cynic' 
  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:09:00 -0500 
    When journalist Alec MacGillis started looking into McConnell's early politics, he says he was "startled" by how moderate the Republican used to be. The book traces McConnell's shift to the right.


Book News: Ursula K. Le Guin Steals The Show At The National Book Awards 
  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:26:00 -0500 
    In a ceremony that saw both icons and newcomers honored, it was a fiery speech by the science fiction legend that had attendees talking. Also: A Jonathan Safran Foer book gets adapted to ballet.


There's More To Asking Than Just Art 
  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 07:03:00 -0500 
    Amanda Palmer's new The Art of Asking outlines a well-intentioned but hazy philosophy of asking for help. Critic Annalisa Quinn says Palmer glosses over societal realities of who has access to help.


'Redeployment,' 'Age Of Ambition' Win National Book Awards 
  Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:57:00 -0500 
    The veteran-penned short story collection and the nonfiction look at modern China and its citizens joined youth literature winner Brown Girl Dreaming and poetry winner Faithful and Virtuous Night.


Book News: Artist, Falconer And Neurosurgeon Make Costa Award Shortlist 
  Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:31:00 -0500 
    With 20 nominees across five categories, it's little surprise that the Costa Book Award shortlists prove eclectic. Also: A remembrance of the late novelist and transgender activist Leslie Feinberg.


'Unspeakable' Gives Voice To Things We All Think, But Don't Say 
  Wed, 19 Nov 2014 07:03:00 -0500 
    Meghan Daum's essay collection is intensely personal, but also universal. Critic Tomas Hachard says that on a deep level, it's about the process of growing up and deciding whether to conform or rebel.


Norman Lear Looks Back On His Long Life In 'Even This I Get To Experience' 
  Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:33:00 -0500 
    Lear, who co-created All In The Family, has written a new memoir at the age of 92. He tells Fresh Air about getting involved in politics and how his storylines addressed subjects like racism.


How A Feud Between Two Russian Companies Fueled A 'Spam Nation' 
  Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:33:00 -0500 
    Brian Krebs' new book tells the story of how two companies groomed spammers, and then destroyed each other. In the process, Krebs got access to documents that illuminated how cybercriminals operate.


Book News: Jonathan Franzen's New Novel Poised For September Release 
  Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:42:00 -0500 
    The book, titled Purity, promises an expansive sprawl and familiar themes, but also a few stylistic experiments. Meanwhile, Texas gears up for a hearing and final vote on much-debated textbooks.


A 'Garden' Full Of Dazzling, Whimsical Tales 
  Tue, 18 Nov 2014 07:03:00 -0500 
    Young Woman in a Garden brings together 24 previously published short stories by the fantasy fabulist Delia Sherman. Reviewer Jason Heller says it's full of dazzle and heart, with a dark edge.


Take It In: 'Vape' Is The Oxford Dictionaries Word Of The Year 
  Mon, 17 Nov 2014 19:12:00 -0500 
    The growing popularity of e-cigarettes sparked the notice of the Oxford Dictionaries, which chose "vape" as the word of the year for 2014. It beat out contenders such as "bae" and "normcore."


Bill Cosby's Silence On Rape Allegations Makes Huge Media Noise 
  Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:00:00 -0500 
    Bill Cosby's silence when asked by an NPR anchor about rape allegations made big media news. The ongoing controversy may also hint at a generational divide between his fans and his latest critics.
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