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Book News: Agent Denies That Oscar Pistorius Is Writing A Memoir

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 5:38am

Also: writers ask Amazon's board to end battle with Hachette; notable books coming out this week.

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A 'Lasciviously LA' Lunch With Crime Novelist James Ellroy

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 3:08pm

Ellroy's new novel, Perfidia, follows the Los Angeles police response to a brutal murder on the eve of Pearl Harbor. In a vintage steakhouse, the author discusses the book and his tech-free lifestyle.

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Millennial Generation Likes Old-Fashioned Technology: Books

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 5:48am

NPR's Lynn Neary speaks with Lee Rainie of the Pew Research Center about a new study that looks at the reading habits of millennials.

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Sprinting Toward Epiphany: Talking With A Songwriter Turned Novelist

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 5:48am

NPR's Lynn Neary talks storytelling with John Darnielle, the creative force behind the indie-folk band The Mountain Goats and author of the new novel Wolf In White Van.

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In The Quest To Make A Difference, 'A Path Appears'

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 5:48am

Everyone wants to "make a difference" but the question is: how? Journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn set out to find the answer in their new book, A Path Appears.

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A Fresh Take On Dystopia In 'Chimpanzee'

Sun, 09/14/2014 - 3:29am

Dystopian literature usually focuses on global ills — climate change, GMO food, nuclear war. But Darin Bradley's new novel takes off from an economic collapse and the plight of student-loan debtors.

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In Margaret Atwood's Latest, The Past Is Powerfully Present

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 3:09pm

Her new collection, Stone Mattress, features characters still shaped by events in their youth. She's also working on a project that's all about the future: a book that won't be read for a century.

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A Cheerful Mortician Tackles The Lighter Side Of Death

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 2:55pm

Caitlin Doughty has built a following on YouTube by humorously discussing the morbid elements of her profession. In her new book, she explains that she's been interested in death since childhood.

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Wendy Davis Tells Of Her Own Difficult Abortions In 'Forgetting'

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 8:40am

A champion of abortion rights, the Texas gubernatorial candidate reveals she terminated two of her pregnancies — once because her life was endangered.

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The 'Witch With No Name' Rides Into The Sunset, In Style

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 8:03am

Kim Harrison bids farewell to her long-running Hollows series of urban fantasies in spectacular fashion; reviewer Amal El-Mohtar calls Witch "a rollercoaster ride of interlocking shenanigans."

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Franklin Expedition Find May Reveal 'The Horror Of The Darkness'

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 5:39am

One of the ships from a failed expedition to the Arctic in the 1800s was recently discovered. NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to Dan Simmons, who wrote a best-selling fictionalized account of the disaster.

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Peter Thiel In 'Zero To One': How To Develop The Developed World

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 5:39am

NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to investor and Paypal cofounder Peter Thiel about his new book, Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future.

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'The Dog': Dubious Dealings In Dubai

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 3:36am

There are no winners in Joseph O'Neill's new novel The Dog, just a long downward spiral into stalemate as the nameless narrator flees a bad breakup and gets mired in shady financial dealings in Dubai.

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As Independence Vote Approaches, A Spirited Novel About The Scottish Experience

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 4:22pm

Next week the people of Scotland vote on whether to become independent from the U.K. Author Marie Mutsuki Mockett recommends a book that illuminates the Scottish psyche, Iain Banks' The Crow Road.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of September 11, 2014

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 2:03pm

Appearing at No. 5, The Heart of Everything That Is explores the little-known story of a powerful Sioux warrior who led the only American Indian defeat of U.S. troops.

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