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'Little House,' Big Demand: Never Underestimate Laura Ingalls Wilder  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:35:00 -0500
Wilder's memoir reveals that she witnessed more violence than you'd ever know from her children's books. The South Dakota State Historical Society can barely keep up with demand for the autobiography. 
Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:03:00 -0500
New research shows that teenagers' brains aren't fully insulated, so the signals travel slowly when they need to make decisions. Neuroscientist Frances Jensen, who wrote The Teenage Brain, explains. 
'How To Grow Up' Needs To Grow Up  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:03:00 -0500
Poet, novelist, memoirist and queer icon Michelle Tea makes a rare misstep in How to Grow Up, an essay collection that reviewer Michael Schaub calls "a well-intentioned, exasperating mess of a book." 
After Father's Death, A Writer Learns How 'The Japanese Say Goodbye'  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:34:00 -0500
Lost in a deep depression, Marie Mutsuki Mockett visited a temple owned by her mother's family near Fukushima. There, she found traditions and ways of thought that helped her work through her grief. 
'Mr. Mac' Paints Flowers In A Darkening World  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 07:03:00 -0500
Esther Freud's new novel Mr. Mac and Me traces an unlikely friendship between a lonely boy and a struggling artist. Reviewer Heller McAlpin says the book has both technical prowess and grace. 
'Ghettoside' Explores Why Murders Are Invisible In Los Angeles  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:14:00 -0500
In her new book, journalist Jill Leovy studies the epidemic of unsolved murders in African-American neighborhoods and the relationships between police and victims' relatives, witnesses and suspects. 
These 13 'Almost Famous Women' Stirred Up Trouble, Or Trouble Found Them  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:14:00 -0500
Megan Mayhew Bergman's stories about historical women are littered with bad-girl paraphernalia, like smashed-up motorcycles and morphine needles. In this collection, their lives are richly imagined. 
In 'Fatherland,' A Daughter Outlines Her Dad's Radicalization  Sun, 25 Jan 2015 17:12:00 -0500
Falling in love with your handsome pen pal, moving overseas to marry him, then finding out he's part of a terrorist organization: That's the Bunjevac family story, told in a new graphic memoir. 
In Winter, Keeping Warm With Beloved Books  Sun, 25 Jan 2015 07:03:00 -0500
Critic Juan Vidal says winter is a time for turning inward and warding off the chill with your favorite books, the ones you return to over and over again when the days get shorter and snow closes in. 
For A Taste Of Grimdark, Visit The 'Land Fit For Heroes'  Sun, 25 Jan 2015 07:03:00 -0500
Richard K. Morgan's epic sword-and-planet (and alien technology) Land Fit for Heroes series is a good introduction to grimdark, a subgenre that aims to show the gritty underside of fantasy fiction. 
In 'Dear Father,' A Poet Disrupts The 'Cycle Of Pain'  Sun, 25 Jan 2015 06:29:00 -0500
J. Ivy says his father grew up in pain and passed that pain on to the next generation. In his new book, he says that forgiveness is an ongoing act — and you must constantly remember to forgive again. 
'Driving The King' A Story Long In The Works  Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:02:00 -0500
Driving The King is a fictionalized account of the adventures of Nat King Cole and his bodyguard driver. Author Ravi Howard says the idea was planted long ago. 
Huckabee Serves Up 'God, Guns' And A Dose Of Controversy  Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:02:00 -0500
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee sees America as divided into "Bubble-ville" and "Bubba-ville," a cultural split he describes in his new book, Gods, Guns, Grits, and Gravy. 
Why A Black Man's Murder Often Goes Unpunished In Los Angeles  Sat, 24 Jan 2015 08:42:00 -0500
From witnesses to reluctant gang members, Jill Leovy says, "everybody's terrified." Her book, Ghettoside, uses the story of one murder to explore the city's low arrest rate when black men are killed. 
Two Outcasts Form An Artistic Bond In 'Mr. Mac And Me'  Sat, 24 Jan 2015 07:59:00 -0500
Painter's daughter Esther Freud weaves her own experiences into the story of a lonely little boy in a British seacoast town, who befriends the great Art Nouveau designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh.