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Book News: Lily King, Roz Chast And Kate Samworth Win Inaugural Kirkus Prize 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:02:24 -0400 
    Earning honors for fiction, nonfiction and young children's literature, respectively, the writers are the first to win the award. Also: The Bronx's bookstore returns, while the U.K. shows off doodles.


Pursuing The Mafia Into All 'Four Corners' Of Palermo 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:03:14 -0400 
    Reporter Giuseppe di Piazza's debut novel, The Four Corners of Palermo, follows an unnamed young reporter during the brutal early days of the mafia's conflict with the Italian government in the 1980s.


'Rebellion' Charts A Tumultuous, Formative Century 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:03:13 -0400 
    Historian Peter Ackroyd's new book surveys the history of England from the end of the Tudor era to the Glorious Revolution of 1688 — almost a century of war, debate and transformation.


You'll Want To Accept The Dinner Invitation To 'The Immortal Evening' 
  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:06:24 -0400 
    On a cold evening in London in 1817, painter Benjamin Haydon hosted a dinner with the likes of Keats and Wordsworth. Critic Stanley Plumly recreates the crackling conversation about art and science.


'Test Kitchen': How To Buy The Safest Meat And Make The Juiciest Steaks 
  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:22:00 -0400 
    The Cook's Illustrated Meat Book gives tips on how to shop for, store, season and cook meat. Why shouldn't you pack your burgers too tight? Two America's Test Kitchen editors explain.


'Season Of The Witch' Shines A (Black)Light On The Occult In Rock 
  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:03:00 -0400 
    Rock 'n' roll rebellion is mainstream today, but Peter Bebergal's new book summons a more shadowed past, when artists like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin brought an occult mystique to the music.


Book News: Joan Didion's Life, As Seen On Kickstarter 
  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:46:00 -0400 
    The nephew of the iconic essayist and novelist hopes to produce a documentary on her life, and he's turned to crowd-funding to make it happen. Also: There's been much ado about the dictionary lately.


'Republic Of Imagination' Sings The Praises Of Literature 
  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:03:13 -0400 
    The author of Reading Lolita in Tehran returns, this time with a paean to the importance of literature in a democratic society. Reviewer Heller McAlpin says Azar Nafisi may be preaching to the choir.


Herbie Hancock: 'On A Path To Find My Own Answer' 
  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 06:31:00 -0400 
    In a candid interview, the ever-innovative pianist traces the lines between Buddhist chants, Sly Stone and Miles Davis, while shedding new light on some hard facts about his past.


Disappearing Religions Charted In 'Heirs To Forgotten Kingdoms' 
  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:31:00 -0400 
    When Gerard Russell was a diplomat in the Middle East, he met followers of ancient religions facing extinction. His new book includes the origins of the Yazidis, who are fleeing the Islamic State.


Book News: Just Months In, A Publisher That Promised Innovation Ends Its Run 
  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:51:00 -0400 
    Atavist Books launched with aims of upending the print-first publishing model. Now it's announcing its plans to close. Meanwhile, partnerships between public libraries and airports are taking off.


Better Off Red: 'War Dogs' Puts Marines On Mars 
  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:03:00 -0400 
    Greg Bear's latest space adventure goes from the Earth to Mars and back again with a grizzled group of "Skyrines" (Sky Marines, get it?) on the trail of a mysterious alien treasure.


Among The Young And Privileged In North Korea 
  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 04:33:00 -0400 
    American journalist Suki Kim spent six months teaching English at a North Korean University that serves the sons of the elite. She chronicles her experience in a new book, Without You, There Is No Us.


Amazon Deal With Simon & Schuster Raises Questions For Other Publishers 
  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:27:00 -0400 
    Amazon has received a fair amount of bad press lately over its long-running dispute with the Hachette publishing house. So Monday's announcement of a deal with Simon & Schuster took some industry watchers by surprise.


You Definitely Need This Condo Pony, And Other Products From 'SkyMaul' 
  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:27:00 -0400 
    "The Hot Dog Clock" and "The Forever Diaper" are also must-haves. A San Francisco comedy group is once again poking fun at the in-flight catalog SkyMall.
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