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Merriam-Webster Singles Out Nonbinary 'They' For Word Of The Year Honors

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The dictionary publisher lauded the singular they Tuesday, noting that the tiny word has enjoyed important new uses in an English language that otherwise lacks a gender-neutral singular pronoun.

In 'Children Of Virtue And Vengeance,' Magic Has Returned. Now What?

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In the sequel to author Tomi Adeyemi's West-African-inspired young adult bestseller, the maji in the land of Orïsha have their powers back — except the monarchy and military now have magic too.

What Bestseller Lists Really Tell Us About A Book's Popularity

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The Republican National Committee spent nearly $100,000 buying copies of Donald Trump Jr.'s new book. But did that money buy a spot on the New York Times bestseller list? Not exactly.

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NPR's Favorite Books Of 2019: The Book Concierge Is Back With 350+ Great Reads

Explore seven years of recommendations all in one place: Here are more than 2,000 titles, hand-picked by NPR staff and trusted critics — with handy filters to help you find the perfect book!

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For Jay-Z's 50th Birthday, A New Biography Centers His Lyrical Legacy

Jay-Z drew criticism for partnering with the NFL after having supported Colin Kaepernick. A new biography centers the rapper's business ethos with his lyrics and the concept of the constant hustle.

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'The Four Top': Special Episode | Ed Levine | J. Kenji López-Alt

What is it like to risk everything and start up an online culinary publication? In this very special episode, Ed Levine, founder of Serious Eats, is joined in conversation by J. Kenji López-Alt, chief culinary consultant of Serious Eats and "The Food Lab" columnist.

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Clive James, Writer, TV Host And Cultural Critic, Dies At 80

"Fiction is life with the dull bits left out." That is just one of the many clever observations of the writer, TV host and cultural critic Clive James. He died Sunday at age 80.

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'Last Call' Goes Behind The Scenes At Bars, Giving A Glimpse Of Post-Shift Rituals

Last Call, a new book by author Brad Thomas Parsons examines the rituals behind closing time at dozens of bars around the country. Parsons asks bartenders what their final drink would be.

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Cartoonist Lynda Barry: Drawing 'Has To Come Out Of Your Body'

Comic artist Lynda Barry has a new book, Making Comics, and a MacArthur Genius Grant (though she says she hung up on the MacArthur folks repeatedly because she thought it was a robocall).

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Rachael Ray At 50: 'Eat Your Spaghetti!'

The television chef celebrates a milestone with a new book, Rachael Ray 50, that's part cookbook and part memoir. She says she wanted to show that women older than 50 can still be relevant in America.

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'Labyrinth' Is A Leisurely Wander Through A Life No Longer Remembered

Turkish author Burhan Sönmez's quiet, subtle fourth novel, about a man who wakes up in the hospital with complete amnesia, is deeply concerned with the linkages between memory and the body.

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In 'The Second Sleep,' The World May End, But Life Goes On

Robert Harris' genre-bending new book at first appears to take place in a medieval setting — and then you realize the young priest at its center is holding a cracked, defunct, centuries-old iPhone.

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'Mary Toft; Or, The Rabbit Queen' Asks Big Questions About Small Animals

Dexter Palmer's new novel is based on the strange true story of a woman who confounded the medical and scientific establishments of 18th century England by claiming she'd given birth to rabbits.