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An Airborne Adventurer's Journey In 'Circling The Sun'

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 8:03am

The author of The Paris Wife is back with another novelized memoir, this time of pioneering aviator (and all-around adventurer) Beryl Markham, the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean east to west.

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'Crooked' Nixon Knew: There Are Worse Things Than Nukes

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 5:03am

Austin Grossman's new novel is half Lovecraftian horror, half thoughtful character study of a President Nixon who's in charge of an alternate America built not on democracy, but on dark magic.

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A Rage For The Ages: The Unforgettable 'Pine Tar Game'

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 4:03pm

In the 1983 game, the Yankees were holding a trump card: an obscure rule that turned the Royals' game-winning home run into a game-loser, inspiring one of the most epic tantrums in baseball history.

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'Jane Eyre' Retelling Swaps English Countryside For Bustling City Streets

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 5:32am

Patricia Park's novel, Re Jane, is a retelling of Charlotte Bronte's classic Jane Eyre set in modern-day New York and South Korea. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with author Jean Kwok about Park's novel.

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Women's Comics Are Surfing The Crowd

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 5:03am

It's no secret that women are getting more prominent in the world of comics. But some women are tired of waiting for mainstream attention: They're turning to crowdfunding to get their projects done.

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In This Twist On Tricky Dick's History, A President's Secrets Can Save Us

Sun, 07/26/2015 - 3:45am

In Crooked, novelist Austin Grossman excuses Richard Nixon's rocky political career in the weirdest ways possible — by reimagining the former president as a warrior against supernatural forces.

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50 Years Ago, Bob Dylan Electrified A Decade With One Concert

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 3:12pm

It's been 50 years since Bob Dylan strolled on stage at the Newport Folk Festival, plugged in an electric guitar, and infuriated his flock. Historian Elijah Wald says there's much more to the story.

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An Unlikely Pair Form A Wily Duo In 'Crooked Heart'

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 5:47am

An orphan boy becomes friends with the scheming woman who takes him in in Lissa Evans' new novel, Crooked Heart. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with her about her WWII-era novel.

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In 'Wondering Who You Are,' A Man Wakes Up And Doesn't Know His Wife

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 3:35am

Sonya Lea and her husband Richard Bandy had been married for more than 20 years when he had to have an operation for a rare cancer. Since then, he's been piecing together the puzzle of his past.

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Searching For The Golden Snitch At First European Quidditch Games

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 2:59pm

NPR's Melissa Block talks to tournament director Karen Kumaki about the inaugural Quidditch European Games, taking place this weekend in Sarteano, Italy.

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Retracing Ralph Waldo Emerson's Steps In A Now 'Unchanged Eden'

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 2:28pm

A century and a half ago, the poet and philosopher headed to New York's Adirondack Mountains with some notable pals. Today, we follow his journey with a new crew, the help of a painting and a book.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of July 23, 2015

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 2:03pm

At No. 9, You Are A Bad Ass is an irreverent guide to achieving happiness by eliminating self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of July 23, 2015

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 2:03pm

At No. 10, Jodi Picoult's Leaving Time tells the story of an abandoned teen's search for answers about her disappeared parents.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of July 23, 2015

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 2:03pm

Ta-nehisi Coates' new book Between The World And Me is written as an open letter to his teenage son. It debuts at No. 2.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of July 23, 2015

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 2:03pm

Harper Lee's novel To Set a Watchman, is set two decades after her Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird. It debuts at No. 1.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of July 23, 2015

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 2:03pm

The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.

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'Fresh Air' Remembers 'Billy Bathgate' Author E. L. Doctorow

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 11:21am

Doctorow, who died Tuesday at the age of 84, was the author of dozens of novels, many of which combined fictional characters and real people in a historical context. Originally broadcast in 1989.

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Shirley Jackson Gets To The Heart of the Home In 'Let Me Tell You'

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 5:03am

This collection of Shirley Jackson's early fiction, unpublished stories and personal essays is a delightfully uneasy mix of wry family observation and the chills her eerie later work is known for.

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Doctorow Wove Fact And Fiction To Imagine America As It Could Be

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 3:29pm

He didn't care for journalism's austerities, but borrowed liberally from history to craft his books. The late, great novelist was a gentleman who spun untruths, in order to better get at what's true.

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Archie Comics Cartoonist Tom Moore Dies At 86

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 7:14am

A longtime contributor to the Archie franchise has died in his hometown of El Paso, Texas.

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