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Miranda July’s First Novel Finds a Careful System at Risk

Miranda July's creativity comes in many forms. She's an esteemed contemporary artist, a maker of widely seen films, and a bestselling author. Her latest book, "The First Bad Man," expands her distinctive worldview into her first full-length novel.


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Thomas Pierce’s ‘Mammals,’ Small and Mammoth

South Carolina native Thomas Pierce's debut collection of surreal short stories, all set in the South, is called "Hall of Small Mammals." The book has been praised as "delightfully strange," and that perfectly describes the excerpt he shares with us here, about an a medium-sized creature.


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BJ Novak Tells Stories with No Pictures — AKA Radio

Between his appearances on film and television screens, B.J. Novak published two best-selling books in 2014. At our Holiday Frolic live event, he read a poignant piece from his collection "One More Thing" and then joined Rico and Brendan on the couch for a conversation.


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Miriam Toews’ Tale of a Family in Flux

Canadian author Miriam Toews new novel, "All My Puny Sorrows," draws from her own life story to tell a story of two sisters touched by tragedy.


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Aasif Mandvi Can’t Be Michael Jackson All the Time

Actor and writer Aasif Mandvi is best known as the "foreign" correspondent on "The Daily Show." His new book, "No Land's Man," is a collection of humorous essays inspired by his life and the particular challenges of being a South Asian man in Hollywood.


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Simon Rich on Spoiled Brats and Anxious Hamsters

Humorist Simon Rich has written stories, novels, and some of the funniest stuff in The New Yorker and on Saturday Night Live. He reads an excerpt from his new collection, "Spoiled Brats."


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Bob Odenkirk Introduces His Abdominals

Actor, writer, and comedy-creator Bob Odenkirk is known for his work on the groundbreaking series "Breaking Bad" and "Mr Show." This week, he releases a collection of humor writing entitled "A Load of Hooey." In this excerpt, he explains the secret to a ripped six-pack: unending anxiety.