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From The Ivy League To 'The X-Files': David Duchovny's Big Break

1 hour 54 min ago

Before he became Fox Mulder, Duchovny was working on his Ph.D. in literature at Yale. He was going to be a poet — or maybe a novelist — or maybe a playwright ...

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As America Grays, A Call For Dignity In Aging And Elder Care

2 hours 21 min ago

In The Age of Dignity, Ai-jen Poo says rather than viewing aging from a place of scarcity and fear, we should see getting older as an opportunity. And, she writes, we must fix our flawed care system.

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'Happy' Isn't So Happy, But It Packs A Punch

4 hours 23 min ago

Novelist and playwright Yasmina Reza's new book is a slim collection of interlocking stories that's confusing but compelling. Reviewer Nishant Dahiya says it crackles with emotion and playfulness.

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Are Danes Really That Happy? The Myth Of The Scandinavian Utopia

11 hours 50 min ago

Are the Nordic countries really the utopias they're cracked up to be? NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Michael Booth about his new book that attempts to answer that question.

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'History Of Loneliness' Explores The Complexity Of Priest Sex Abuse

11 hours 54 min ago

A History of Loneliness addresses the difficult subject of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with author John Boyne about his novel.

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Be More Awesome — With Help From Kid President

13 hours 50 min ago

Kid President (aka 11-year-old Robby Novak) is an Internet sensation whose sunny, personality-driven YouTube videos have garnered over 75 million views. Now, he's written a book on how to be awesome.

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Impressions From The Ice: A Poet Returns From Antarctica

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 3:04pm

Jynne Dilling Martin spent six weeks living on the bottom of the world and watching scientists work. The experience inspired many of the poems in her new collection, We Mammals in Hospitable Times.

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Prime Minister Loses His Noggin But Keeps Talking In 'Head Of State'

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 5:35am

Who says a beheaded man can't still be head of state? NPR's Scott Simon speaks with British journalist, author and TV host Andrew Marr about his novel, Head of State.

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Rod McKuen, The Cheeseburger To Poetry's Haute Cuisine

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 5:35am

Poet Rod McKuen was loved by millions but mocked by literary critics. He died this week at age 81.

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A Mismatched Crew Dreams Of Swashbuckling In 'We Are Pirates'

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 5:35am

Acclaimed writer Daniel Handler, a.k.a. Lemony Snickett, drew criticism last year for a racist comment at a literary event. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Handler about his new novel, We Are Pirates.

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Amiri Baraka Didn't Worry About His Politics Overpowering His Poetry

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 5:35am

"The real hallmark of an effective political artist is that the politics is accepted with the art," said Baraka. A new career-spanning anthology collects his work from 1961 to 2013. He died in 2014.

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8 Picture Books You Don't Have To Be A Kid To Love

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 5:03am

Here at NPR Books, we may be grown-ups, but we still enjoy channeling our inner 7-year-olds. And this week, we have the perfect excuse: Monday's Caldecott Medal announcement for picture book artistry.

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Remembering 'Thorn Birds' Author Colleen McCullough

Sat, 01/31/2015 - 3:36am

Australian writer Colleen McCullough has died at 77; she was best known for her doomed Outback romance saga The Thorn Birds, famously adapted for TV with Richard Chamberlain as a passionate priest.

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The 'Man Who Touched His Own Heart' Changed Medicine

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 2:59pm

Melissa Block talks to Rob Dunn about his new book, The Man Who Touched His Own Heart, a history of science and medicine's efforts to understand the working of the human heart.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of January 29, 2015

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 2:03pm

In How to Love, Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh instructs on the essentials of mindfulness practice and understanding the many different kinds of love. It appears at No. 14.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of January 29, 2015

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 2:03pm

At No. 15, Chris Pavone's The Accident follows literary agent Isabel Reed as she races through a mysterious manuscript while the CIA simultaneously tries to bury the story.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of January 29, 2015

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 2:03pm

Debuting at No. 14, Diane Muldrow's Everything I Need to Know About Love I Learned From a Little Golden Book offers insights on the world of romance.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of January 29, 2015

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 2:03pm

In Lily King's Euphoria, three young anthropologists in 1930s New Guinea are caught in a love triangle. It debuts at No. 13.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of January 29, 2015

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 2:03pm

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

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Are We Having Fun Yet? New Book Explores The Paradox Of Parenting

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 12:23pm

Kids can be magical and maddening. The title of Jennifer Senior's book — All Joy and No Fun — contrasts the strains of day-to-day parenting with the transcendent experience of raising a child.

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