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NWPR Books
4:03 am
Sun October 19, 2014

After A Flurry Of Literary Awards, A Book On The 'Wonder' Of Words

Originally published on Sun October 19, 2014 4:09 pm

"Although it was only nine o'clock he had already gone once around the pharmacological wheel to which he'd strapped himself for the evening, stolen a tuba, and offended a transvestite; and now his companions were beginning, with delight and aplomb, to barf. It was definitely a Crabtree kind of night."

That, my friends, is one of those lines for which books were invented. For which awards were invented — to bestow temporary graces upon those lurching, bourbon-sodden romantics and idiots who believe that a life spent telling stories for nickels is worthwhile.

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NWPR Books
4:03 am
Sat October 18, 2014

300,000,000 Is A Horrific, Poetic Anti-Ode To America

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Blake Butler's new novel, 300,000,000, is not for the squeamish. Then again, it's hard to imagine anyone whose blood won't curdle reading it. Or their brain. Or possibly their soul.

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NWPR Books
10:57 am
Wed October 15, 2014

'The Assassination Of Margaret Thatcher' And Other Stories From Hilary Mantel

A new Hilary Mantel book is an Event with a "capital "E." Here's why: The first two best-selling novels in Mantel's planned trilogy about Thomas Cromwell, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, each won the Man Booker Prize — that's a first.

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NWPR Books
10:02 am
Wed October 15, 2014

When Good Kids Go Feral, Bloody 'Brood' Hits Its Stride

This book really could have used some more cannibalism.

Strange to say it, I realize — especially about a novel that contains no fewer than three scenes of graphic dismemberment. Teeming as it is with hordes of rats, winged infants and sex scenes that rage and roil with all the romance of a Rob Zombie flick, Chase Novak's Brood isn't lacking for gore. It's got so much, in fact, that a few prim readers may even find the novel to be in poor taste.

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NWPR Books
1:07 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Bolano's Newly Translated Novel Wrests Beauty From Despair

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 1:13 pm

When Roberto Bolaño died in 2003, he left behind a body of work that would later distinguish him as the most commanding writer to have emerged from Latin America in the last few decades. Although he gained international acclaim for epics like The Savage Detectives and 2666, his novellas and short stories have been equally provocative. Bolaño managed to pack in all the angst, detail, and disillusionment that make his longer book such a permeating force into works of one or two hundred pages.

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1:02 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Amid NFL Scandals, A Novel About America's Love Of The Sport

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 2:42 pm

This was not the way America wanted the NFL season to start.

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NWPR Books
4:03 am
Sat October 11, 2014

A Slow Simmer Of Grief And Strength In 'Nora Webster'

Colm Tóibín's writing is the literary equivalent of slow cuisine – and I mean that as a compliment. In this age of fast everything, sensational effects, and unremitting violence, he uses only the purest literary ingredients – including minutely focused character development and a keen sense of place — and simmers his quietly dramatic narratives over a low burner.

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11:24 am
Wed October 8, 2014

In Cronenberg's 'Consumed,' An Appetite For Sex, Death And The Latest Gear

Here's everything you need to know about Consumed in one sentence: This is a book that is unmistakably written by David Cronenberg.

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8:41 am
Wed October 8, 2014

'Florence Gordon' Isn't Friend Material, But You'll Appreciate Her

Last year, the big debate in the world of books was over the question of whether or not a novel has to feature "likeable" main characters in order for readers to identify with them or make us want to stick with their stories. The debate had a sexist tinge to it: Female characters seemed especially burdened with the need to be pleasing.

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8:23 am
Tue October 7, 2014

'Ancillary Sword' Examines Life On The Fringes Of A Galactic Empire

"Oh, tree! Eat the fish! This granite folds a peach!"

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