Arts

9:06am

Tue May 14, 2013
Book Reviews

Black In America: A Story Rendered In Gray Scale

Originally published on Mon May 20, 2013 9:00 pm

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is also the author of Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun.
Beowulf Sheehan Random House

American literature has plenty of coming-of-age novels. What we need more of, judging by the strengths of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's new book, are novels about coming to America. In particular, books that address our biggest problems — in this case, race. Because things natives don't see about themselves often stand out like neon to foreign eyes. And if you think racism expired when President Obama was elected, this is perhaps not — or absolutely is — the book for you.

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8:03am

Tue May 14, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Amazon Debuts Its Virtual Currency

The new Amazon Coins are making some people in the publishing world a little uncomfortable.
Courtesy of Amazon.com

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

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7:03am

Tue May 14, 2013
Book Reviews

Literary Werewolf Tale 'Red Moon' Sheds A Dim Light

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 11:43 am

David Woods iStockphoto.com

One need pick up on only a hint of the zeitgeist to know that monsters that once worried their careers had peaked in B-movies of the '50s are now enjoying a sustained resurgence. On screens and in the "Teen Paranormal Romance" section of Barnes and Noble, supernatural creatures of all stripes battle for the hearts (or throats) of our homecoming queens.

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3:28am

Tue May 14, 2013
Author Interviews

In Somalia, Surviving A Kidnapping Against 'Impossible Odds'

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 1:19 pm

In 2011, Jessica Buchanan was an aid worker in northern Somalia, helping to raise awareness about how to avoid land mines. The north was the relatively safe section of the country; that October, she traveled to the more dangerous southern region for a training. The night before she left, she texted her husband, Erik Landemalm, also an aid worker in Somalia. She asked him a question: "If I get kidnapped on this trip, will you come and get me?"

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3:26am

Tue May 14, 2013
Author Interviews

'Guns At Last Light' Illuminates Final Months Of World War II

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 1:19 pm

British tanks move to support their infantry during the Battle of the Bulge.
AP

In December 1944, the Nazis looked like a spent force: The U.S. and its allies had pushed Hitler's armies across France in the fight to liberate Europe from German occupation.

The Allies were so confident that the Forest of Ardennes, near the front lines in Belgium, became a rest and recreation area, complete with regular USO performances.

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3:18pm

Mon May 13, 2013
Book Reviews

Camus' 'Chronicles': A History Of The Past, A Guide For The Future

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This year marks the centenary of the birth of Albert Camus, the great novelist of existentialism. It's a movement that many Americans think of as quintessentially Parisian, born of cafe-table philosophizing and fueled by packs of Gauloises. But Camus wasn't a native of metropolitan France. He was born and raised in Algeria into a pied-noir family ("black foot," the phrase used to describe descendants of French settlers), grew up in working-class Algiers, and pined for north Africa long after he moved to the French capital in 1942.

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1:38pm

Mon May 13, 2013
Author Interviews

In 'Passage', Caro Mines LBJ's Changing Political Roles

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 3:39 pm

Vice President Spiro Agnew (right) and former President Lyndon Johnson view the liftoff of Apollo 11 from the stands at the Kennedy Space Center on July 16, 1969.
NASA Getty Images

For the past 37 years, Robert Caro has devoted his life to writing the definitive biography of Lyndon Johnson. So far, The Years of Lyndon Johnson has four acclaimed volumes and has shown readers just how complex the 36th president was, as both a politician and a man.

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12:20pm

Mon May 13, 2013
Music Reviews

Bing Crosby: From The Vaults, Surprising Breadth

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 3:27 pm

A batch of reissues and archival releases from Bing Crosby's own vaults is getting a high-profile relaunch. Above, Crosby circa 1956.
Courtesy of Universal Music

Bing Crosby was the biggest thing in pop singing in the 1930s, a star on radio and in the movies. He remained a top star in the '40s, when Frank Sinatra began giving him competition.

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12:17pm

Mon May 13, 2013
New In Paperback

May 13-19: A Rumrunner, A Swashbuckler And A Team Of Spies

Courtesy of Crown Publishing.

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11:57am

Mon May 13, 2013
Arts & Life

Wendell Pierce On 'Making Groceries' In The Big Easy

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Police in New Orleans are investigating a shooting that took place yesterday during a Mother's Day parade. New Orleans Police Chief Ronal Serpas says law enforcement is still investigating the matter.

RONAL SERPAS: It appears that these two or three people just, for a reason unknown to us, started shooting at, towards or in the crowd. It was over in just a couple seconds. Police were everywhere.

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