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Ling Ma's Severance is an unusual apocalyptic novel, says critic Maureen Corrigan. Satiric, playful and scary, it lends assurance that humor will linger even as the world comes to an end.
Author: Maureen Corrigan
Posted: August 21, 2018, 7:36 pm
Author Beth Macy details opioids' odyssey from medicine to scourge, in her book about young heroin users, their long-suffering parents, doctors, drug company executives, cops, judges and drug dealers.
Author: Dave Davies
Posted: August 21, 2018, 7:08 pm
Jessie Greengrass' novel is packed with shimmering sentences and poetic paragraphs from a narrator who's never content to drift along, but must probe "the convoluted crenellations of the mind."
Author: Heller McAlpin
Posted: August 21, 2018, 2:00 pm
Artist Lisa Hanawalt creates kids' stories for grownups, both on TV — she's the production designer for BoJack Horseman — and in her new book Coyote Doggirl, a candy-colored Western saga.
Author: Etelka Lehoczky
Posted: August 21, 2018, 11:00 am
Olga Tokarczuk's book won the 2018 Man Booker International Prize. Critic John Powers says the hard-to-classify work is positively exploding with maps, remembrances, riffs, history and more.
Author: John Powers
Posted: August 20, 2018, 6:14 pm
Horror comics enjoyed a golden age in the 1940s and '50s, before people got scared about kids reading gore and terror — but they never went away entirely, and now there's a new generation of scares.
Author: Stephen Graham Jones
Posted: August 20, 2018, 11:00 am
The novel is Chinese writer Cixin Liu's first in English since his "Remembrance of Earth's Past" trilogy. And that series' radical creativity returns in this tale of scientific striving — eventually.
Author: Colin Dwyer
Posted: August 19, 2018, 2:00 pm
NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro asks Ada Limon about The Carrying, Limon's fifth collection of poetry.
Posted: August 19, 2018, 11:57 am
NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with William Oldfield. His book, Inspector Oldfield and the Black Hand Society, is about his great-grandfather's work helping take down an infamous extortion ring.
Posted: August 19, 2018, 11:57 am
Ling Ma's shocking and ferocious new novel mashes up a zombie apocalypse story with the everyday tribulations of office life — you may run from zombies but you'll never escape middle management.
Author: Michael Schaub
Posted: August 19, 2018, 11:00 am
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