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'Fifth Season' Embraces The Scale And Complexity Of Fantasy

12 hours 25 min ago

Yes, N.K. Jemison's newest epic is the kind of fantasy that has not one but two glossaries at the end — but reviewer Jason Heller says that just underscores her sumptuous detail and dimensionality.

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Complex, Generational Music In Lyrical 'Daughters'

15 hours 25 min ago

Women are the blood and backbone of Adrienne Celt's debut novel, and at the heart is Lulu, who's revisiting family stories and legends as she comes to terms with her daughter's birth and an old curse.

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Reflecting On Football And Addiction As 'Friday Night Lights' Turns 25

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 12:37pm

A quarter-century ago, Buzz Bissinger wrote about the big-time stakes of small-town high school football in Friday Night Lights. Now he talks about the impact the book had on the players and himself.

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'Spies' Is A Cinematic Account Of Americans In War-Torn Paris

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 5:03am

Historian Alex Kershaw's latest book focuses on an American doctor and his family who worked with the French Resistance from their apartment just down Avenue Foch from the Paris SS headquarters.

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'Kids Love To Be Scared': Louis Sachar On Balancing Fun And Fear

Sun, 08/02/2015 - 3:57pm

The award-winning author of Holes has just published a new novel for young readers, called Fuzzy Mud. It mixes middle-school social puzzles with a more sinister mystery: a rogue biotech threat.

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This 'Woman With A Secret' Plays Deadly Mind Games

Sun, 08/02/2015 - 5:03am

Sophie Hannah's new psychological crime thriller is about the cruel machinations of outwardly nice married folks with too much time on their hands.

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Luther Campbell Of 2 Live Crew On Fame, Obscenity And Community

Sun, 08/02/2015 - 3:42am

Before joining the notoriously shocking rap crew, Campbell was a party-rocking DJ in Miami. Even then, he knew that being aggressively different could lead to success.

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Aviator Beryl Markham Soars Again In 'Paris Wife' Author's New Book

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 5:21pm

"It is my fate to illuminate the lives of these one-of-a-kind notable women that have been somehow forgotten by history," says Paula McLain. She shines her spotlight on Markham in Circling the Sun.

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A Look Back On 'Middle Passage': The Evolution Of A Literary Classic

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 3:10pm

Twenty-five years after Charles Johnson's Middle Passage — which dwells with race, class and gender in 19th-century America — won the National Book Award, he reflects on his book's evolving meaning.

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A Study Of Gods And Human Nature In 'Tiberius'

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 5:42am

Under Tiberius is a new novel about deceit and crime. The main character is the man who came to be known as Jesus Christ. NPR's Scott Simon talks to author Nick Tosches.

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'Three Moments' Is A Symphony Of Short Story Strangeness

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 5:03am

Acclaimed sci-fi author China Miéville hasn't been known for his short fiction, but reviewer Jason Heller says his new collection — subversive, strange and full of sick humor — will change that.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of July 30, 2015

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 3:03pm

Emma Farrarons' The Mindfulness Coloring Book, a pocket-sized, anti-stress booklet for grown-ups, appears at No. 12.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of July 30, 2015

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 3:03pm

In The Rosie Effect, a sequel to 2013's The Rosie Project, Don Tillman prepares for fatherhood. It appears at No. 15.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of July 30, 2015

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 3:03pm

Debuting at No. 15, Arthur Brooks' The Conservative Heart presents a new vision for conservatism.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of July 30, 2015

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 3:03pm

At No. 7, Ernest Cline's Armada tells the story of gamers protecting the earth from an alien invasion.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of July 30, 2015

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 3:03pm

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

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Remembering Alan Cheuse, Our Longtime Literary Guide

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 2:28pm

For some 30 years, Alan Cheuse was our guide to the best and worst of the written word. He passed away today at 75, after a car accident two weeks ago. NPR's Susan Stamberg has an appreciation.

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Alan Cheuse, Novelist And Longtime NPR Contributor, Dies At 75

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 1:28pm

The author and critic died Friday of injuries sustained in a car accident. For years, he was the voice of NPR's literature commentary — and, for many, the "guide to a very exciting world."

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'End Of The Tour': An Unauthorized 'Anti-Biopic' Of David Foster Wallace

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 2:55am

Instead of telling the author's life story, the film (which the Wallace estate does not approve of) focuses on five days in 1996 during the publicity tour for Infinite Jest.

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A Path From 'Blackout' Drunkenness To Sobriety And Self-Acceptance

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 1:24pm

Writer Sarah Hepola once got so drunk before giving a presentation to 300 people that she didn't remember it the next day. In Blackout, her memoir, Hepola wrestles with her reasons for drinking.

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