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An American Marriage: Redefining The American Love Story

NPR Books - February 16, 2018 - 7:00am

Tayari Jones' new novel tells a story of love, race, justice and what happens when "normal" people come face-to-face with the unthinkable.

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Love Is All Around — Everyday — In 'Rookie On Love'

NPR Books - February 15, 2018 - 9:00am

"When we talk about love ... it's usually always referring to romantic partnerships. And I knew that I didn't want this book to just be about that," editor Tavi Gevinson says of the new anthology.

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'Asymmetry' Is A Guide To Being Bigger Than Yourself

NPR Books - February 15, 2018 - 4:00am

At first, Lisa Halliday's novel seems too familiar: It's about a young would-be writer who has an affair with a famous older man. But partway through, it turns into something else, something new.

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'An American Marriage' Came Together After A Trip To The Mall

NPR Books - February 15, 2018 - 2:04am

Tayari Jones' novel examines what happens when ambitious, well-educated black newlyweds Celestial and Roy have their lives upended when Roy is falsely accused of rape.

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Steve Coll's 'Directorate S' Looks At Narrative Of CIA After 2001

NPR Books - February 14, 2018 - 1:30pm

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Steve Coll, dean of the Columbia School of Journalism, about his new book, Directorate S: The C.I.A and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, 2001-2016.

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Long Haul Trucker Was 'Completely Seduced' By The Open Road

NPR Books - February 14, 2018 - 11:00am

Finn Murphy has logged over a million miles hauling people's belongings across the country to their new homes. He describes life on the road as a "reaction against regimentation."

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Steven Pinker Looks At The Bright Side

NPR Books - February 14, 2018 - 8:18am

There's cause for optimism.

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For Valentine's Day, Romance Writers Share Their Favorite Moments

NPR Books - February 14, 2018 - 4:00am

Who knows romance better than romance novelists? We've asked some of our favorites to share the moments that make them swoon, whether it's a snuggle on a snowy morning or a game of wheelchair hockey.

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