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26.E.L. Doctorow's New Novel 'Puzzling And Ultimately Disappointing'
E.L. Doctorow's new novel Andrew's Brain takes the reader deep into the mind of a cognitive scientist who's struggling with both scientific questions and personal tragedy. Critic Heller McAlpin says the book, which takes the form of Andrew's monologue to a doctor, is "a real head-scratcher."
 NPR (National Public Radio) ~ Friday, 17th January, 2014

27.Never Again: 'Trieste' Is A Harrowing Mix Of Memory And Memorial
Croatian author Dasa Drndic's new novel Trieste is an experimental mix of historical record and personal quest. It's the story of an Italian woman trying to find the lost child she bore to a Nazi officer. Reviewer Alan Cheuse says it's an intensely moving book, but one that must be put down occasionally in order to recover.
 NPR (National Public Radio) ~ Thursday, 16th January, 2014

28.Chang-rae Lee Stretches For Dystopic Drama, But Doesn't Quite Reach
Lee's On Such a Full Sea is a foray into the futuristic sci-fi genre.
 NPR (National Public Radio) ~ Tuesday, 14th January, 2014

29.Debut Novel Offers Surprisingly Dark 'Vision' Of Shaker Life
Rachel Urquhart's debut novel, The Visionist, is based in real life: the Visionists were young Shaker girls who began to suffer mysterious fits one day in August 1837. Reviewer Jane Ciabattari says The Visionist is a "surprisingly dark tale," but lyrically written, and offering a fresh look at Shaker life.
 NPR (National Public Radio) ~ Tuesday, 14th January, 2014

30.Caped Crusader, Or Cruel Sadist? Miller Makes One Fan Wonder
Author Kim Fu has always loved Batman — at least, one form of him. Her Batman was moral, principled, triumphant: never cheesy or brutish. But Frank Miller's Batman: The Dark Knight Returns cast a guilty shadow over her love for the character, because Miller's bloodthirsty madman shares an awful lot with Fu's favorite version of her hero.
 NPR (National Public Radio) ~ Sunday, 12th January, 2014

31.Finding Flight In 'The Invention of Wings'
Sue Monk Kidd's new novel, The Invention of Wings, is a fictionalized account of the abolitionist sisters Sarah and Angelina Grimké, and the slave Hetty, given to Sarah on her 11th birthday. Reviewer Bobbi Dumas says Wings is a "textured masterpiece, quietly yet powerfully poking our consciences and our consciousness."
 NPR (National Public Radio) ~ Saturday, 11th January, 2014

32.As Zamata Joins 'Saturday Night Live, A Look At — And Beyond — The Prism Of Race
Saturday Night Live recently announced that they were hiring Sasheer Zamata, the first black woman to join the cast in six years. For our series This Week's Must Read, author Danielle Evans recommends a book that can give readers an idea of how Zamata might feel: Get Down, a short story collection by Asali Solomon.
 NPR (National Public Radio) ~ Friday, 10th January, 2014

33.'Stringer': Finding Your Feet In The Chaos Of Congo
Anjan Sundaram's new Stringer chronicles his adventures as a budding journalist in a dangerous spot.
 NPR (National Public Radio) ~ Thursday, 9th January, 2014

34.A Story Of Pluck And Courage In An Unforgiving Future
Novelist Chang Rae Lee is known for his sober depictions of things you can probably imagine — like war and spies, family and immigration. So it might surprise you that his newest novel, On Such a Full Sea, is a dystopia that begins in a place called B-mor, a town that — a very long time ago — was known as Baltimore.
 NPR (National Public Radio) ~ Thursday, 9th January, 2014

35.Empty Nester In 'The Woods': A Modern Dantean Journey
When writer Lynn Darling found herself at a turning point in her life, she sought solitude and enlightenment in the woods of Vermont. Her new memoir, Out Of The Woods, describes that midlife experience. Fresh Air book critic Maureen Corrigan calls it "a compelling story of internal exploration, as well as outward-bound adventure."
 NPR (National Public Radio) ~ Thursday, 9th January, 2014

36.'Leaving The Sea,' Arriving At A Constant State Of Anxiety
Ben Marcus' new book, Leaving the Sea, is an experimental and challenging collection of stories. Reviewer J.P. O'Malley says there's not much of a through line to the stories, but that it doesn't matter: "If you enjoy writers like Samuel Beckett," he writes, "I'm sure you will love this collection."
 NPR (National Public Radio) ~ Tuesday, 7th January, 2014

37.When Modernism Met Science Fiction: Three New Wave Classics
Author Kim Stanley Robinson knows that most science fiction fans think the best books were written in their youth — whenever that was. But in his case, he says, it's more than nostalgia: the late '60s and early '70s were a spectacular time for science fiction. He recommends three classics from that fruitful era.
 NPR (National Public Radio) ~ Sunday, 5th January, 2014

38.Ice Cube Sculptures, Tulips And Death: A 2014 Poetry Preview
There's a lot to look forward to in the upcoming year, including collections about religious faith, books that push the boundaries of what we can call poetry and some poems that are too hot for your average English class. Critic Craig Morgan Teicher walks us through the highlights of the year ahead.
 NPR (National Public Radio) ~ Saturday, 4th January, 2014

39.Tough Commute This Morning? Your 'Journey' Could Have Been Worse
Poet Jynne Martin recommends The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard.
 NPR (National Public Radio) ~ Friday, 3rd January, 2014

40.A Critic Tours 'Echo Spring,' Home Of Beloved Boozy Writers
A new book by critic Olivia Laing explores the link between alcohol and writing through the commentaries of famous writers who were themselves alcoholics. Fresh Air's Maureen Corrigan calls Laing's readings "exquisite," and says she wisely avoids "any one-size-fits-all conclusions about the bond between the pen and the bottle."
 NPR (National Public Radio) ~ Friday, 3rd January, 2014

41.'Before I Burn' Uses Autobiography To Tell A Crime Story
Scandinavian crime novels have become so popular that some publishers even have a name for the genre — "Scandi-crime." Many of these books keep readers right on the edge of their seats. But reviewer Rosecrans Baldwin says that Before I Burn by Gaute Heivoll takes a more subtle approach.
 NPR (National Public Radio) ~ Thursday, 2nd January, 2014

42.Gary Shteyngart's 'Little Failure' Is An Unambivalent Success
In 1979, Gary Shteyngart's family moved from Leningrad to Queens. Three decades later, he wrote a memoir about growing up in a Russian immigrant family in New York. Reviewer Meg Wolitzer says the book is full of rich, gratifying writing as well as pride, exuberance and sophisticated humor.
 NPR (National Public Radio) ~ Wednesday, 1st January, 2014

43.Opening The Literary Liquor Cabinet In 'Echo Spring'
Olivia Laing illuminates the complex relationships between writers and alcohol in The Trip to Echo Spring — Echo Spring being, of course, the euphemism Tennessee Williams used for the liquor cabinet in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Reviewer Jane Ciabattari says the book is "beautifully written, haunting, tragic, and instructive in the best sense."
 NPR (National Public Radio) ~ Tuesday, 31st December, 2013

44.Rediscovering The Intricate Verse Of Federico Garcia Lorca
Poet Federico Garcia Lorca's life was cut short during the Spanish Civil War, but he left behind a rich legacy of poetry and drama. Reviewer Juan Vidal says the best poetry in translation to come out this year is a new collection of Lorca's verse, translated by writers who were deeply influenced by him.
 NPR (National Public Radio) ~ Sunday, 29th December, 2013

45.A Young Seminarian Found Comfort In 'Giovanni's' Melancholy
When author Chris Abani was a boy, he was miserable at Catholic seminary and he felt like an outsider in his own family. One summer break, at home in Afikpo, he discovered James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room. The tragic, taboo love story made young Abani feel that at last he'd found someone who understood how out of place he felt in his own life.
 NPR (National Public Radio) ~ Saturday, 28th December, 2013

46.As Winter Rolls In, One Critic Recalls 'The Wind In The Willows'
This week's Must Read, our topical book recommendation series, usually focuses on events in the news. But today, with an eye on the dropping thermometer, book critic Parul Sehgal suggests a seasonal text. Kenneth Grahame's classic children's novel offers a cozy, eccentric depiction of winter — perfect for curling up with as the snow comes down.
 NPR (National Public Radio) ~ Friday, 27th December, 2013

47.Nancy Pearl Turns Back The Pages With Picks From The Past
NPR's go-to librarian returns to some old favorites from her personal shelves. "All the books on my bookshelves are books that I loved," she says. "Those are the only books I keep." Her picks include a trilogy of novellas filled with British humor and an Irish mystery.
 NPR (National Public Radio) ~ Friday, 27th December, 2013

48.In Search Of Identity: Three Of 2013's Best Translated Novels
Juan Vidal recommends three Latin American masterpieces that were translated this year: a boundary-pushing novella, a noir tale of an assassination plot and a complex exploration of identity and history. There are no noble heroes in these pages — instead, they feature hapless, struggling souls in search of meaning.
 NPR (National Public Radio) ~ Sunday, 22nd December, 2013

49.'The Empty Chair' Meditates On The Space Between Two Stories
Two strangers tell their stories to a wandering narrator in Bruce Wagner's new The Empty Chair. It's a pair of novellas meditating on grief, love, spirituality and the nature of storytelling. Reviewer Colin Dwyer says Wagner manages to both tease out the threads that bind the stories, and relish the spaces between.
 NPR (National Public Radio) ~ Sunday, 22nd December, 2013

50.This British Spy Thriller Shows How Thrill-Less Spying Can Be
The presidential panel on NSA has brought renewed attention to the practice of spying this week. Phone tapping, searching records and general intrigue — these have been popular topics in literature and film for well-nigh a century. But espionage is not often a glamorous task, as author Julia Keller reminds us.
 NPR (National Public Radio) ~ Friday, 20th December, 2013


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