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Kevin Breel: What Can Depression Teach Us About Comedy?

NPR Books - 10 hours 24 min ago

The image of the "sad clown" can seem like a cliche. But for Kevin Breel, it's very real. He describes how he struggled with depression while performing as a stand-up comedian.

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Negin Farsad: Can Humor Fight Prejudice?

NPR Books - 10 hours 24 min ago

Comedian Negin Farsad traveled all over the U.S. to clear up misconceptions about Islam while making people laugh. She calls this form of activism "social justice comedy."

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Welcome To 'The Collapsing Empire:' Questions For John Scalzi

NPR Books - 12 hours 34 min ago

Prolific sci-fi author John Scalzi boots up a new universe in The Collapsing Empire. It's set in a future where far-flung humanity's ability to travel and communicate between planets is under threat.

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A 161-Year-Old Boston Bookstore Moves Online

NPR Books - 14 hours 30 min ago

Schoenhof's Foreign Books, an iconic 161-year-old bookstore in Harvard Square in Boston, is going to operate only as an online bookstore.

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An 'Intimate Portrait' Of Dorothy Day, The Catholic Activist With A Bohemian Past

NPR Books - March 23, 2017 - 9:53am

Kate Hennessy drew from family letters, diaries and memories in writing Dorothy Day, a biography of her late grandmother. Day founded the Catholic Worker Movement and is now a candidate for sainthood.

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'The Devil And Webster' Explores Tolerance, Inclusion And Identity

NPR Books - March 23, 2017 - 3:00am

Jean Hanff Korelitz's latest is set at a tony New England college rocked by racial unrest. It's a suggestive exploration of tough issues, but lacks the nuance and intellect of the best campus novels.

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Dread Builds As Good Guys Turn To Bad In 'Ill Will'

NPR Books - March 22, 2017 - 10:15am

Dan Chaon's latest novel suggests that even people who seem kind can lead you down dangerous paths, whether they realize it or not.

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Smart, Satirical 'Devil And Webster' Takes On College Identity Politics

NPR Books - March 22, 2017 - 7:34am

Jean Hanff Korelitz's new novel surveys student life at a New England college in turmoil. Critic Maureen Corrigan says The Devil and Webster is "wittily on target."

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Elastic Lines For An Elastic Life In 'Fire!!'

NPR Books - March 22, 2017 - 3:00am

Cartoonist Peter Bagge's new biography of Zora Neale Hurston swoops through her life at breakneck speed, losing some real-life pathos along the way, but sustaining an electric, colorful energy.

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