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An Unlikely Pair Form A Wily Duo In 'Crooked Heart'

NPR Books - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 5:47am

An orphan boy becomes friends with the scheming woman who takes him in in Lissa Evans' new novel, Crooked Heart. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with her about her WWII-era novel.

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In 'Wondering Who You Are,' A Man Wakes Up And Doesn't Know His Wife

NPR Books - Sat, 07/25/2015 - 3:35am

Sonya Lea and her husband Richard Bandy had been married for more than 20 years when he had to have an operation for a rare cancer. Since then, he's been piecing together the puzzle of his past.

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Searching For The Golden Snitch At First European Quidditch Games

NPR Books - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 2:59pm

NPR's Melissa Block talks to tournament director Karen Kimaki about the inaugural Quidditch European Games, taking place this weekend in Sarteano, Italy.

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Retracing Ralph Waldo Emerson's Steps In A Now 'Unchanged Eden'

NPR Books - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 2:28pm

A century and a half ago, the poet and philosopher headed to New York's Adirondack Mountains with some notable pals. Today, we follow his journey with a new crew, the help of a painting and a book.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of July 23, 2015

NPR Books - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 2:03pm

At No. 9, You Are A Bad Ass is an irreverent guide to achieving happiness by eliminating self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of July 23, 2015

NPR Books - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 2:03pm

At No. 10, Jodi Picoult's Leaving Time tells the story of an abandoned teen's search for answers about her disappeared parents.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of July 23, 2015

NPR Books - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 2:03pm

Ta-nehisi Coates' new book Between The World And Me is written as an open letter to his teenage son. It debuts at No. 2.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of July 23, 2015

NPR Books - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 2:03pm

Harper Lee's novel To Set a Watchman, is set two decades after her Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird. It debuts at No. 1.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of July 23, 2015

NPR Books - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 2:03pm

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

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ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Dr. Seuss’ ‘What Pet Should I Get?’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 12:48pm
Maria Russo and Alexandra Alter discuss Dr. Seuss, and Jill Ciment talks about “The Hand That Feeds You.”









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ArtsBeat: Rediscovered Pablo Neruda Poems to Be Published

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 12:07pm
Copper Canyon Press will publish a collection of 20 poems that were found by archivists last year.









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'Fresh Air' Remembers 'Billy Bathgate' Author E. L. Doctorow

NPR Books - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 11:21am

Doctorow, who died Tuesday at the age of 84, was the author of dozens of novels, many of which combined fictional characters and real people in a historical context. Originally broadcast in 1989.

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‘The Loved Ones,’ by Mary-Beth Hughes

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 10:00am
After an inescapable loss, a cosmetics executive moves his family to London.









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Christian Kracht’s ‘Imperium’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 10:00am
In this Swiss novel, a German vegetarian in the early 1900s tries to found a colony in the South Seas.









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‘The Hand That Feeds You,’ by A.J. Rich

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 10:00am
A heroine learns her dead fiancé was an impostor.









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‘A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me,’ by David Gates

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 10:00am
The characters in David Gates’s stories engage in festivals of bad decisions.









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‘The End of Plenty,’ by Joel K. Bourne Jr.

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 10:00am
A journalist looks at the challenges involved in keeping the world from going hungry.









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Editors’ Choice

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 10:00am
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.









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Open Book: An Unfinished Library

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 10:00am
“The Greatest Books You’ll Never Read” is a new survey of books that are “unfinished, unbegun or lost, and today exist as only suggestive fragments or not at all.”









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The Shortlist: Summer Fiction

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 10:00am
New books by Candace Bushnell, Caroline Zancan, Jules Moulin, and Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus.









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