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Book News: Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Collection Gets A Texas Welcome

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 8:09am

The University of Texas, Austin nabbed the rights to preserve and present the late Nobel winner's collected writings. Also: HBO takes on Scientology, and Aretha Franklin decries her new biography.

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Long-Lost Letter That Inspired 'On The Road' Style Has Been Found

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 3:46pm

Known as the "Joan Anderson Letter," the 18-page, single-spaced, stream of consciousness note from Neal Cassady to Jack Kerouac was found amid the dusty papers of a now-closed publishing house.

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Book Review: 'Lunch Poems' Reissue

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 2:37pm

In honor of the 50th anniversary of "Lunch Poems" by Frank O'Hara, City Lights Books has reissued an expanded version of the collection.

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Decades Later, Laurie Colwin's Books 'Will Not Let You Down'

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 12:49pm

A digital publisher has released a bounty of Colwin's books: four novels, three short-story collections and a collection of cooking essays. Colwin, who died in 1992 at age 48, had an "elusive magic."

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The Rise And Fall Of Comedian Bob Hope

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 12:43pm

Hope was a comedy trailblazer, but in his twilight years he alienated young audiences with his political views. "He had, unfortunately, stuck around too long," says Hope biographer Richard Zoglin.

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Book News: Note That Helped Put Kerouac 'On The Road' Is Now On The Block

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 7:56am

Once thought lost to a watery grave, Neal Cassady's letter to Jack Kerouac, which inspired On the Road, has resurfaced and will be sold Dec. 17. Also: Daniel Handler delivers on his $110,000 apology.

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Al Michaels On Great Sports Moments That He's Witnessed

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 3:16am

Al Michaels' book covers Super Bowls, Olympics, World Series and working with legends. David Greene meets the play-by-play voice, and talks to Michaels about his book, You Can't Make This Up.

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How Author John Safran Lost A Year In Mississippi

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 5:14am

God'll Cut You Down is a new book based on the tangled true story about the murder of a white supremacist by a black hustler. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with the book's author, John Safran.

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These Tales Of Transformation Are Both 'Rich And Strange'

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 5:03am

Ron Rash's latest collects 34 of his best short stories; critic Alan Cheuse says they're searingly beautiful, "as if someone has taken a stick from a blazing fire and pressed it into your hand."

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Author Wrestles With Wolves In 'Treat Us Like Dogs'

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 5:51am

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Carolyn Chute about her new novel, Treat Us Like Dogs and We Will Become Wolves. The book follows a reporter as she investigates a remote commune and its charismatic leader.

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'Recasting' India's Economic Policy For The Free Market

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 5:03am

Fortune India editor-at-large Hindol Sengupta's new book chronicles India's lurching progress away from a state-controlled economy to a more open system that encourages business and investment.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of November 20, 2014

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 4:03pm

Provence, 1970 examines the early American modern food movement and its pioneers, including James Beard and Julia Child. It appears at No. 13.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of November 20, 2014

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 4:03pm

A Michigan man sets out to prove that apparent phone calls from the beyond are actually a hoax in The First Phone Call From Heaven, appearing at No. 10.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of November 20, 2014

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 4:03pm

George W. Bush details the life of his father, George H.W. Bush, in 41. It debuts at No. 2.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of November 20, 2014

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 4:03pm

Debuting at No. 1, Stephen King's Revival centers on the disturbing relationship between a disgraced minister and a drug-addicted rock musician.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of November 20, 2014

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 4:03pm

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

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These 'True Tales' Add Nuance To The Immigration Discussion

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 3:27pm

President Obama announced an executive action on immigration this week. For an in-depth look at the issue, author Gustavo Arellano recommends two nonfiction collections about Mexican immigrants.

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Book News: Daniel Handler Apologizes For Jokes At National Book Awards

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 9:17am

Handler, better known as Lemony Snicket, hosted Wednesday's ceremony — and made a few racially charged jokes while doing so. He apologized after a backlash Thursday. Also: A Beach Boy plans a memoir.

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Book Review: 'Citizen: An American Lyric'

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 2:24pm

Poet Tess Taylor reviews "Citizen: An American Lyric" by Claudia Rankine. It's been nominated for a National Book Award.

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'Redeployment' Explores Iraq War's Physical And Psychic Costs

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 1:09pm

In his short story collection, former Marine Phil Klay takes his experience in Iraq and clarifies it. On Wednesday, he won the National Book Award for fiction.

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