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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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Sen. Mitch McConnell's Political Life, Examined, In 'The Cynic'

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

When journalist Alec MacGillis started looking into McConnell's early politics, he says he was "startled" by how moderate the Republican used to be. The book traces McConnell's shift to the right.

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Book News: Ursula K. Le Guin Steals The Show At The National Book Awards

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 8:26am

In a ceremony that saw both icons and newcomers honored, it was a fiery speech by the science fiction legend that had attendees talking. Also: A Jonathan Safran Foer book gets adapted to ballet.

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Book News: Artist, Falconer And Neurosurgeon Make Costa Award Shortlist

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 8:31am

With 20 nominees across five categories, it's little surprise that the Costa Book Award shortlists prove eclectic. Also: A remembrance of the late novelist and transgender activist Leslie Feinberg.

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'Unspeakable' Gives Voice To Things We All Think, But Don't Say

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 5:03am

Meghan Daum's essay collection is intensely personal, but also universal. Critic Tomas Hachard says that on a deep level, it's about the process of growing up and deciding whether to conform or rebel.

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Norman Lear Looks Back On His Long Life In 'Even This I Get To Experience'

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 1:33pm

Lear, who co-created All In The Family, has written a new memoir at the age of 92. He tells Fresh Air about getting involved in politics and how his storylines addressed subjects like racism.

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How A Feud Between Two Russian Companies Fueled A 'Spam Nation'

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 1:33pm

Brian Krebs' new book tells the story of how two companies groomed spammers, and then destroyed each other. In the process, Krebs got access to documents that illuminated how cybercriminals operate.

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Book News: Jonathan Franzen's New Novel Poised For September Release

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 8:42am

The book, titled Purity, promises an expansive sprawl and familiar themes, but also a few stylistic experiments. Meanwhile, Texas gears up for a hearing and final vote on much-debated textbooks.

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