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Book News: Lily King, Roz Chast And Kate Samworth Win Inaugural Kirkus Prize

3 hours 5 min ago

Earning honors for fiction, nonfiction and young children's literature, respectively, the writers are the first to win the award. Also: The Bronx's bookstore returns, while the U.K. shows off doodles.

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Pursuing The Mafia Into All 'Four Corners' Of Palermo

4 hours 5 min ago

Reporter Giuseppe di Piazza's debut novel, The Four Corners of Palermo, follows an unnamed young reporter during the brutal early days of the mafia's conflict with the Italian government in the 1980s.

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'Rebellion' Charts A Tumultuous, Formative Century

7 hours 5 min ago

Historian Peter Ackroyd's new book surveys the history of England from the end of the Tudor era to the Glorious Revolution of 1688 — almost a century of war, debate and transformation.

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Message From Documentary 'Citizenfour': Be Afraid (Of Surveillance)

9 hours 14 min ago

Ken Turan reviews the documentary Citizenfour from filmmaker Laura Poitras about Edward Snowden and his decision to leak information about the National Security Agency's surveillance activities.

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A Tale Of Immigration Unleashed In 'Green Dragons' Film

9 hours 15 min ago

The film Revenge of the Green Dragons is based on the true story of a Chinese-American gang in New York City that helped traffic unauthorized immigrants from China in the 1980s and '90s.

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An Admiring And Unflinching Look At 'Mr. Dynamite'

9 hours 15 min ago

NPR TV critic Eric Deggans looks at the new documentary, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown, featuring rare and never-before-seen footage. The film premieres on HBO Monday.

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'The Heart Machine' Finds Subtlety In The Perils Of Online Dating

12 hours 4 min ago

Zachary Wigon's debut feature explores what happens when a man suspects that his long-distance girlfriend, whom he met online, might be living in the same city.

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In 'Force Majeure,' Society Crumbles Under An Avalanche

12 hours 4 min ago

The wickedly funny Swedish black comedy follows a family after its patriarch makes a selfish, split-second decision in a time of crisis.

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'Life Of Riley,' Alain Resnais' Final Film, Bids A Sunny Adieu

12 hours 4 min ago

The film, set in a series of make-believe gardens, follows three couples after they receive devastating news about a mutual friend.

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'Citizenfour' Follows The Snowden Story Without (Much) Grandstanding

12 hours 4 min ago

Documentarian Laura Poitras found herself deep inside the story of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and his revelations about surveillance.

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You'll Want To Accept The Dinner Invitation To 'The Immortal Evening'

October 23, 2014 - 2:06pm

On a cold evening in London in 1817, painter Benjamin Haydon hosted a dinner with the likes of Keats and Wordsworth. Critic Stanley Plumly recreates the crackling conversation about art and science.

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'Test Kitchen': How To Buy The Safest Meat And Make The Juiciest Steaks

October 23, 2014 - 1:22pm

The Cook's Illustrated Meat Book gives tips on how to shop for, store, season and cook meat. Why shouldn't you pack your burgers too tight? Two America's Test Kitchen editors explain.

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'Season Of The Witch' Shines A (Black)Light On The Occult In Rock

October 23, 2014 - 10:03am

Rock 'n' roll rebellion is mainstream today, but Peter Bebergal's new book summons a more shadowed past, when artists like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin brought an occult mystique to the music.

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Accentuate The Positive

October 23, 2014 - 9:55am

What do Beyoncé, André the Giant, and a soufflé have in common? Why, the accents in their names, bien sûr! The answers in this final round will be words, names, or phrases containing an accent.

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Very Confused TV Guide

October 23, 2014 - 9:55am

Have you ever been perplexed by the on-screen guide descriptions of your favorite TV shows? Us too. We serve up descriptions of shows, whose titles have been taken perhaps a bit too literally.

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IQ Test

October 23, 2014 - 9:55am

These words, names, and phrases contain the letters "IQ" consecutively somewhere inside of them. Does this somewhat oblique game pique your interest?

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Presidential Keywords

October 23, 2014 - 9:55am

U.S. Presidents spend years in office, but their tenure is often remembered in the mind of the public by a singular moment or trait. Given a keyword, you tell us which President it describes.

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It's A Snap

October 23, 2014 - 9:55am

This game has attitude — each answer is a word or phrase containing the word "snap." But extra coordination is required: substitute an actual *snap* of your fingers where it appears in the answer.

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Lake Street Dive: I Love The '90s

October 23, 2014 - 9:55am

As children of the '90s, the band's members best a "Name That Tune" round of the era's radio hits by correcting Jonathan Coulton's slightly wrecked lyrics. Plus: a performance of "Bad Self Portraits."

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Lake Street Dive: My Beautiful Balloon

October 23, 2014 - 9:55am

The soul-pop quartet behind Bad Self Portraits reveals its extraordinary talent of covering pop songs using, yes, party balloons. Can you guess the titles of these squeaky melodies?

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