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7:00 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

December 23, 2013 Shelf Discovery: The Fire Witness by Lars Kepler

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin investigates the audio version of Lars Kepler’s The Fire Witness.

Title: The Fire Witness

Author: Lars Kepler

CDs: 12 (15 hours)

Publisher: Macmillan Audio        

ISBN: 978-1427231567

                                  

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

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12:02 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Hear, Here: Four Audiobooks With A Brand-New Sound

Think a graphic novel is too visual to make a good audiobook? Think again. The audio version of Civil War uses sound effects, music and a full cast to bring the superhero story to life.
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Originally published on Thu December 19, 2013 11:08 am

If your holiday shopping trip includes a stop at the bookstore, you might consider adding audiobooks to your gift list. And this year, as you slip on headphones to sample the offerings, what you hear might surprise you.

According to Robin Whitten, the founder and editor of AudioFile magazine, the genre has far surpassed the conventions of the taped readings of yore.

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7:00 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

December 16, 2013 Shelf Discovery: Nowhere Nice by Rick Gavin

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin returns to the Delta with Nick and Desmond in Rick Gavin’s Nowhere Nice.

Title: Nowhere Nice

Author: Rick Gavin

Pages: 282

Publisher: Minotaur Books          

ISBN: 978-0312583194

                         

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

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11:59 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Poem: Nelson Mandela, 'An Ordinary Man'

Jonathan Blakely/NPR

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 6:56 pm

On Sunday, South Africans will lay to rest the remains of Nelson Mandela.

The legacy left by the activist and political prisoner who transformed a nation and became president is being remembered by politicians, historians and artists.

Among them is Thabiso Mohare, a young South African spoken word artist who performs under the name Afurakan. He wrote a poem for NPR about Mandela called "An Ordinary Man."

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4:59 pm
Sun December 15, 2013

A Personal 'Report From The Interior' Of Author Paul Auster

A prolific author, Paul Auster has published dozens of works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry.
Lotte Hansen Courtesy of Henry Holt & Co.

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 1:32 pm

Fans of the writer Paul Auster know an enormous amount about him. His novels often draw on autobiographical details, and he has written five books that are explicitly about his own life.

Last year, he published a memoir called Winter Journal that tells the story of his life through the story of his own body — every scar and blemish. Now Auster has published a companion autobiography of his intellectual self, called Report from the Interior.

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8:29 am
Sun December 15, 2013

54 Days In The Eternal City: A Christian 'Pilgrimage' For Lent

Rome's St. Zeno chapel was built by Pope St. Paschal I in honor of his mother. The ceiling, a gold mosaic, was intended as an interpretation of heaven.
Stephen Weigel Courtesy of Basic Books

Originally published on Wed December 18, 2013 12:31 am

Each year, millions of people from different faiths make religious journeys. They travel far, to Mecca, Jerusalem, the Ganges River or Lourdes, France, to walk the paths of prophets, saints and martyrs.

"Pilgrimage is something built into the human condition," says George Weigel, author of Roman Pilgrimage: The Station Churches. "There seems to be something hardwired into us, spiritually, that the idea of a journey from A to B becomes part of the rhythm of the spiritual life."

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11:50 am
Fri December 13, 2013

An Elegy For Mandela Looks Back In Mourning, Forward In Hope

On Dec. 8, three days after Nelson Mandela's death, a girl in Johannesburg lights a candle in his memory. Poet Mbali Vilakazi has written an elegy for Mandela that asks the next generation of South Africans to continue his legacy.
Pedro Ugarte AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 7:52 am

In his youth, Nelson Mandela cut a dashing figure. He was a revolutionary, an outlaw — by the early 1960s, he was living underground. And he had a nickname to match: he was known as the Black Pimpernel.

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11:34 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Book News: 500 Authors Demand International Bill Of Digital Rights

Canadian author Margaret Atwood, pictured in 2009, is part of a group of writers lobbying the United Nations over digital rights.
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Originally published on Tue December 10, 2013 8:34 am

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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7:00 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

December 9, 2013 Shelf Discovery: Game

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin answers the call of Anders de la Motte’s Game.

Title: Game

Author: Anders de la Motte

Pages: 386

Publisher: Atria / Emily Bestler Books    

ISBN: 978-1476712888

                         

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

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6:13 pm
Sun December 8, 2013

'Getting Away With Murder': A Study Of Benazir Bhutto's Death

In 2007, Benazir Bhutto — twice prime minister of Pakistan and then-leader of the Pakistan People's Party — was killed in a suicide bombing attack that claimed 38 lives. The factors at play in her assassination, however, reached deeper than many imagined.

In his new book, Getting Away With Murder, Heraldo Munoz portrays the tense political climate that surrounded Bhutto's return to politics and examines the circumstances of her death.

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8:05 am
Sat December 7, 2013

Don't Call It Fanfic: Writers Rework Their Favorite Stories

Originally published on Fri December 27, 2013 12:43 pm

When writers finish a book, they may think they've had the last word. But sometimes another writer will decide there's more to the story. The madwoman Bertha from Jane Eyre and the father in Little Women are just two examples of secondary characters who have been given a fuller life in a new work of fiction based on a classic novel.

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7:00 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

December 2, 2013 Shelf Discovery: Compliments of a Friend

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin shops for shoes with Compliments of a Friend by Susan Isaacs

Title: Compliments of a Friend

Author: Susan Isaacs

Pages: 44

Publisher: Open Road Media      

AISN: B00G2V621C

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7:00 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

November 25, 2013 Shelf Discovery: Reality Boy

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin takes a break from reality with A. S. King’s Reality Boy.

Title: Reality Boy

Author: A. S. King

Pages: 251

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company  

ISBN: 978-0316222709

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7:00 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

November 18, 2013 Shelf Discovery: Never Laugh as a Hearse Goes By

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin travels to Wales for the cozy mystery of Elizabeth J. Duncan’s Never Laugh as a Hearse Goes By.

Title: Never Laugh as a Hearse Goes By

Author: Elizabeth J. Duncan

Pages: 293

Publisher: Minotaur Books          

ISBN: 978-1250008251

And read Kristin's full review on NightsAndWeekends.com.

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4:55 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

How Writer Doris Lessing Didn't Want To Be Remembered

Author Doris Lessing died Sunday at the age of 94. Lessing won the 2007 Nobel Prize for literature for a life's work which included around 40 books and collections of essays and memoirs.
Shaun Curry AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 10:42 am

In the course of a long and eventful life, author Doris Lessing was many things.

She was a mother — and a self-described "house mother" for a procession of starving artists, writers and political refugees. She was a refugee herself, from bourgeois respectability in 1940s Rhodesia. She was a campaigner against racism, a lover, an ardent communist, and a serial rescuer of cats.

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4:55 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

Secrets Mar The Gloss Of 'Youth' For These Heroines

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Originally published on Sun November 17, 2013 6:10 pm

It's a funny thing to read a book and realize two things simultaneously. One: some people you know, whose taste you trust, will really love it. Two: some people you know, whose opinions you value, will want to toss it across the room.

For me, the Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami is a great example. He's one of the biggest authors in the world, a global bestseller. Millions of people love that guy, myself included. But I also know many people, readers and writers, who think he's a total sham.

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5:15 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Roald Dahl Wanted His Magical 'Matilda' To Keep Books Alive

Author Roald Dahl stands with his wife, American actress Patricia Neal, and their newborn daughter, Lucy, outside their home in Buckinghamshire, England, in August 1965. Roald Dahl died in 1990.
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Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 10:26 pm

Every night, author Roald Dahl told his children a story: "Most of them [were] pretty bad," he admitted in a 1972 BBC4 interview, "but now and again you'd tell one and you see a little spark of interest. And if they ever said the next night, 'Tell us some more about that one,' you knew you had something. This went on for quite a long time with a story about a peach that got bigger and bigger and I thought, 'Well heck, why don't I write it.' "

That bedtime story became Dahl's first children's book, James and the Giant Peach.

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10:19 am
Thu November 14, 2013

With Nuanced Beauty, 'Hild' Destroys Myths Of Medieval Womanhood

Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 7:02 am

I am used to conversations about women in historical fiction — or, even more bafflingly, in historical fantasy — consisting of apologia for there being so few of them. "Women were oppressed," the old chestnut goes, and consequently unimportant in the grand scheme of things except inasmuch as they birthed heirs or sealed national alliances in marriage, so it's no surprise that today's writers find little of interest in their day to day doings, right?

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1:27 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Christmas Lights Make Slippers In Global 'Junkyard' Economy

A woman worker sorts used plastic bottles at a recycle center in Mumbai, India.
Rajanish Kakade AP

Originally published on Wed November 13, 2013 7:01 pm

When you think of recycling, you probably think of cans, plastic bottles and newspapers. Well, think a little bigger.

There are businesses devoted to recycling metal, paper, plastic, oil, textiles, cell phones, computers, motors, batteries, Christmas lights, cars and more. The hidden world of globalized recycling and reclamation, and its impact on the environment and the global economy, is the subject of the new book Junkyard Planet by journalist Adam Minter.

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7:00 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

November 11, 2013 Shelf Discovery: Death, Taxes, and Green Tea Ice Cream

On this week’s Shelf Discovery, Kristin indulges in Death, Taxes, and Green Tea Ice Cream by Diane Kelly.

Title: Death, Taxes, and Green Tea Ice Cream

Author: Diane Kelly

Pages: 310

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperbacks        

ISBN: 978-1250023087

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