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Novelist Amy Stewart Turns 1914 Traffic Accident Into 'Girl Waits With Gun'

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 3:38am

Steve Inskeep talks to Amy Stewart about her novel Girl Waits With Gun. It's based on the story of a woman who went on to become one of the first female deputy sheriffs in early 20th century America.

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The Glimmering Sheen Of A Wide World Seen From Inside A Bubble

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 4:09pm

The teen heroine of Nicola Yoon's debut novel, Everything, Everything, has a disorder that bars her from leaving her house. Still, her world is vast, filled with writings, drawings — and new love.

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Oliver Sacks, Renowned Neurologist And Author, Dies At 82

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 6:53am

His book Awakenings, about reviving patients from a catatonic state, was turned into a 1990 film. He also wrote more than a dozen other books, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.

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A Young Woman Goes 'Underground In Berlin' To Escape The Holocaust

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 6:19am

Hermann Simon's mother lived as a Jew in Berlin during World War II. Through cunning and disguise, Marie Jalowicz Simon managed to evade the Nazis right under their noses.

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Presenting: The Holy Romance Trinity Of J

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 5:03am

Blogger Sarah Wendell usually reads on a Kindle, but she treasures a row of crumbling paperbacks by authors she calls the Holy Romance Trinity of J: Jude Deveraux, Julie Garwood and Judith McNaught.

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For Carl Phillips, Poetry Is Experience Transformed — Not Transcribed

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 3:10pm

Phillips' new collection is both raw and refined, drawing on intimate experience while shunning autobiography. "I become uncomfortable when people make an equation between author and poem," he says.

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Edward St. Aubyn's 'A Clue To The Exit' Is Released In The U.S.

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 6:05am

Charlie Fairburn has been told he has six months to live. He's the central character in Edward St. Aubyn's novel, A Clue to the Exit. He speaks with NPR's Scott Simon about the book.

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Ursula K. Le Guin Steers Her Craft Into A New Century

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 6:04am

The famed novelist says that at 85 she no longer has the energy to write another book, but she's just released a revised and updated edition of her manual for aspiring writers, Steering the Craft.

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The Gentlemen Bastards Unfold Sumptuous Stories Within Stories

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 5:03am

This weekend, the NPR Books Time Machine is rewinding Scott Lynch's swashbuckling Gentleman Bastard series, a combination fantasy of manners, heist caper and heartfelt buddy comedy. With pirates.

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Making Sense Of A Tragedy, One Narrator At A Time

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 5:03am

June Reid has lost everyone she loves in one horrifying moment, but she's not the only one grieving. Bill Clegg's new novel tells of June's loss through the voices of those who know and encounter her.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of August 27, 2015

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 2:03pm

In Just Mercy, attorney Bryan Stevenson recounts his efforts to defend the poor, the wrongly condemned and women and children trapped in the criminal justice system. It appears at No. 5.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of August 27, 2015

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 2:03pm

In John Grisham's Gray Mountain, a New York City lawyer turned unpaid intern stumbles upon dangerous secrets in a small Appalachian community. It appears at No. 12.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of August 27, 2015

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 2:03pm

In H is for Hawk, experienced falconer Helen Macdonald recounts her efforts to train a dangerous goshawk after her father dies. It appears at No. 8.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of August 27, 2015

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 2:03pm

Debuting at No. 14, Lucia Berlin's A Manual for Cleaning Women finds moments of grace in cafeterias, laundromats and hotel dining rooms.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of August 27, 2015

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 2:03pm

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

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'The Wake' Is An Unlikely Hit In An Imaginary Language

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 2:38pm

Paul Kingsnorth self-published The Wake, his tale of the 11th-century Norman conquest of England, written in a pastiche of Old and modern English — and was startled when it became a smash hit.

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Cults, Foam Heads And Other Weird Things Thrive In 'Body Like Mine'

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 12:48pm

Alexandra Kleeman's novel, populated by TV-obsessed characters on a steady diet of Popsicles and oranges, is a controlled exercise in what critic Jason Sheehan calls "terrifying banality."

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Chris Offutt Reveals A Family Secret In 'My Father, The Pornographer'

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 11:43am

Offutt's late father went from running a small insurance agency to writing more than 400 books, mostly pornography. Originally broadcast March 2, 2015.

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How The Sad Puppies Won — By Losing

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 10:03am

A group of conservative sci-fi fans and writers took over the Hugo Award nominations this year, then lost big when the actual awards were given out. But they still dominated the conversation.

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Exclusive First Read: 'The Shepherd's Crown' By Terry Pratchett

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 5:03am

Return to the Discworld one more time in the late author's last novel, about young witch Tiffany Aching. Tiffany faced down the Queen of the Elves in her first adventure — but now the queen is back.

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