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Remembering Author Denis Johnson

NPR Books - May 27, 2017 - 3:59am

Author Denis Johnson has died at the age of 67. He was best known for the short story collection Jesus' Son.

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'Chemistry: A Novel' Is About A Scientist Whose Plans Gets Reconstituted

NPR Books - May 27, 2017 - 3:59am

Scott Simon speaks with author Weike Wang about her new book Chemistry: A Novel.

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In 'Shtum,' A Portrait Of Autism Drawn From Real Life

NPR Books - May 27, 2017 - 3:59am

Jem Lester's debut novel follows three generations of men who can't communicate — a grandfather, a father and a profoundly autistic little boy. Lester says he modeled the boy on his own son.

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Love, Money And Betrayal Make For Great Storytelling In 'The Heirs'

NPR Books - May 27, 2017 - 3:00am

Susan Rieger's new book follows an upper-crust, Upper West Side family whose certainties are thrown into doubt after their father dies and an unknown Other Woman sues his estate for child support.

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Denis Johnson, Author Who Wrote 'Jesus' Son,' Dies At 67

NPR Books - May 26, 2017 - 12:32pm

Denis Johnson was best known for his 1992 short story collection Jesus' Son. He won the 2007 National Book Award for the novel, Tree of Smoke. Johnson died Thursday at age 67.

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'Praise The Lard': A Barbecue Legend Shows Us How To Master Smoked Chicken Wings

NPR Books - May 26, 2017 - 10:15am

Mike Mills' chicken wings have been named the best in the country. He is even in the Barbecue Hall of Fame. His new book with daughter Amy Mills shares the gospel of barbecue with home cooks.

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Remembering 'Jesus' Son,' From Denis Johnson

NPR Books - May 26, 2017 - 7:53am

On the occasion of the death of writer Denis Johnson, we share a 2007 reflection on Johnson's book Jesus' Son, from novelist Nathan Englander.

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'The End Of Eddy' Tells Of Growing Up Poor And Gay In Working-Class France

NPR Books - May 26, 2017 - 7:32am

Édouard Louis' autobiographical novel is the story of a young man coming of age in a downtrodden French village. Critic John Powers calls it a "bulletin from the enraged heart of Le Pen country."

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Denis Johnson, Author Who Wrote Of The 'Painfully Beautiful,' Dies At 67

NPR Books - May 26, 2017 - 5:56am

The National Book Award-winning novelist was perhaps best known for Jesus' Son, a book of interwoven stories focused on the lives of addicts. A spokesman for his publisher tells NPR he died Wednesday.

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Confronting the Legacy of Racism in America

NPR Books - May 25, 2017 - 7:06am

A conversation with National Book Award-winning author Ibram X. Kendi about race and racism in America.

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Reading The Game: Witcher 3

NPR Books - May 25, 2017 - 6:00am

Our occasional series on storytelling in video games returns with an epic, week-long journey into The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the latest installment of the adventures of monster-hunter Geralt of Rivia.

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A Dancer Is Unstrung By Grief In 'Isadora'

NPR Books - May 25, 2017 - 3:00am

The great American dancer Isadora Duncan led a tragic life, and her worst year — just after the deaths of her first two children in an accident, forms the core of Amelia Gray's powerful new novel.

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