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See A Famous Monster Come Alive In 'Frankenstein: The 1818 Text'

NPR Books - 12 hours 58 min ago

Most stage and screen versions of Frankenstein are based on a later edition of Mary Shelley's classic — this new reprint of her original text shows the story growing and changing with its author.

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New Picture Book Illustrates How 'Love' Is Always Around

NPR Books - January 15, 2018 - 1:19pm

If you're lucky, you know what love is before you can even say the word. When you're a little kid love is a piece of toast, the color of a sunset, music from the radio. That's the message of a new picture book called, Love. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with author Matt de la Pena and illustrator Loren Long.

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'They Didn't Want Me There': Remembering The Terror Of School Integration

NPR Books - January 15, 2018 - 12:31pm

In 1957, three years after the Supreme Court declared segregated schools unconstitutional, Melba Pattillo Beals was one of nine black students who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Ark.

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From Madison Park To Washington, D.C. With Eric Motley (Rebroadcast)

NPR Books - January 15, 2018 - 8:06am

Raised by adoptive grandparents, Motley found his way to the Oval Office as a special assistant to President George W. Bush. Now, he's telling a story about what a good community can do, even when things are bad.

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Meet The Fearless Cook Who Secretly Fed — And Funded — The Civil Rights Movement

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

Georgia Gilmore organized black women to cook without raising the suspicions of their white employers, and poured the proceeds into an alternative transportation system for Montgomery bus boycotters.

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Kaveh Akbar Is Poetry's Biggest Cheerleader

NPR Books - January 14, 2018 - 7:00am

Akbar, a poet himself, waves his pom poms for the form at DiveDapper, a site dedicated to in-depth interviews with his favorite poets. He says he wants to live his life "in joyful service" to poetry.

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When 2 Children Are Murdered, 'The Perfect Nanny' Is Anything But

NPR Books - January 14, 2018 - 4:51am

Leila Slimani's breakout novel, inspired by true stories of killer caregivers, chronicles the complex relationship between a mother and her babysitter.

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With Greater Economic Strength, India Believes Its 'Time Has Come'

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

"I don't think India wants to be a formal U.S. ally," says Alyssa Ayres, author of Our Time Has Come: How India Is Making Its Place in the World. "It sees alliance relationships as too constraining."

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'This Could Hurt' Is A Workplace Saga With Heart

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

Jillian Medoff has spent years in the corporate world, and she puts that experience to good use in this story of a hard-charging boss whose devoted staff has to cover for her when she starts to slip.

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