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A Former Wunderkind Drifts On In 'Some Other Town'

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 5:03am

Elizabeth Collison's debut novel follows a young art star who burned out and is now leading a hazily complacent life in her old university town — but that life is upended by an unexpected fling.

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Struggling Writer's Debut Novel Gets Coveted Oprah Winfrey Nod

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 3:02am

Oprah Winfrey has named Ruby, a novel about a beautiful, abused woman in Texas, as her March book club selection. That could make first-time novelist Cynthia Bond into a literary star.

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Cynthia Bond's 'Ruby' Gets Oprah Winfrey's Attention

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 3:02am

Cynthia Bond' tale of a beautiful, abused woman in an east Texas hamlet was praised for its lyrical language. Oprah Winfrey named it her March book club selection, and she bought the film rights.

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The Woman Behind Marvel's Newest Team Of Heroines

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 4:44pm

G. Willow Wilson says it's been a blast creating a team of all-female Avengers for the new Marvel Universe coming in May. "We really got no directives besides 'Pick your team and go nuts,' " she says.

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Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon On Marriage, Music And Moving On

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 3:14pm

Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore were indie rock's power couple — until their marriage, and their band, ended in 2011. Gordon looks back on the experience in a new memoir called Girl in a Band.

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Reckoning With Afghanistan's Toll In 'Green On Blue'

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 5:51am

"Green on Blue" tells the story of the war in Afghanistan through the eyes of an Afghan orphan. NPR's; Rachel Martin speaks to the unlikely author: Elliot Ackerman, a former U.S. marine.

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'First Edition' Of The 'Iliad'? Sure, Right Next To That 'FIrst Edition' Bible

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 5:51am

An online used bookstore reports that demand for a "first edition" of Homer's Iliad has soared, thanks to a new thriller starring Jennifer Lopez.

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Exploring The Solar System Through The Eyes Of Robotic Voyagers

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 3:09pm

The Voyager spacecraft revolutionized our understanding of space. In a new book, The Interstellar Age, planetary scientist Jim Bell shares stories about the planning and excitement back on Earth.

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Through 10 Years Of Mining His Grief, A Novelist Makes 'Nice'

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 6:03am

Matt Sumell wrote Making Nice in part as a response to his mother's death from cancer. "I was using the good luck of bad luck," he says. "You use what hurts."

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A Lot Of Sound And Fury In 'The Infernal'

Sat, 02/21/2015 - 5:03am

Mark Doten's debut novel has some beautiful writing in it, but critic Jason Sheehan says the book suffers from too much verbal and typographical trickery, and not enough actual story.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of February 19, 2015

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 2:03pm

Nate Silver profiles the world of prediction in The Signal and the Noise, which appears at No. 14.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of February 19, 2015

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 2:03pm

In Elin Hilderbrand's The Matchmaker, Dabney Kimball Beech faces her true love when he returns home after 27 years. It appears at No. 14.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of February 19, 2015

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 2:03pm

David Axelrod recounts his journey from Chicago journalist to presidential adviser in Believer. It debuts at No. 5.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of February 19, 2015

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 2:03pm

In A Spool of Blue Thread, Anne Tyler tells the story of a Baltimore family thrown into disarray by illness and sudden tragedy. It debuts at No. 3.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of February 19, 2015

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 2:03pm

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

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An American Dream, A Cuban Soul: Poet Richard Blanco Finds 'Home'

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 5:33am

While immigration is a subject of some of the most intense political debates in this country, inaugural poet Richard Blanco says it also drives his art. He shares his journey of becoming an American.

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From Iran To Comedy Central: Maz Jobrani's Path To 'Middle Eastern Funny Man'

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 3:53pm

The Iranian-American comic came to the U.S. when he was 6 years old, just before Iran's 1979 revolution. His new memoir is I'm Not a Terrorist, But I've Played One on TV.

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