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How Jim Grimsley Shed His 'Racist' Skin

NPR Books - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 5:38am

In 1966, Jim Grimsley's North Carolina school was integrated. NPR's Tamara Keith talks to Grimsley and one of his first black classmates, Donnie Meadows, about Grimsley's book, How I Shed My Skin.

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Autobiographical 'Indian' Probes A Painful Past

NPR Books - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 5:03am

Jón Gnarr, the punk rocker turned mayor of Rekjavík, paints a beautiful but disturbing portrait of a misfit childhood in his new novel. Critic Michael Schaub calls it hypnotic and heartbreaking.

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'Born With Teeth,' Actress Kate Mulgrew On A Life Lived With Abandon

NPR Books - Sat, 04/11/2015 - 4:17am

Mulgrew played Captain Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager and is a formidable kitchen manager on Orange Is the New Black. But her personal story is more dramatic than any she's ever played on screen.

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In 'William Shakespeare's The Phantom of Menace,' Jar Jar Binks Plays the Fool

NPR Books - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 2:48pm

Jar Jar Binks is one of the most reviled Star Wars characters. But in the hands of Ian Doescher, author of William Shakespeare's The Phantom of Menace: Star Wars Part the First.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of April 9, 2015

NPR Books - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 2:03pm

At No. 13, Elizabeth Warren reflects on hard-won political lessons in A Fighting Chance.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of April 9, 2015

NPR Books - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 2:03pm

Appearing at No. 14, David Baldacci's The Escape follows John Puller as he joins a manhunt for his own brother.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of April 9, 2015

NPR Books - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 2:03pm

In her new book Between You & Me, The New Yorker's long-time copy editor Mary Norris delves in to the world of grammar, editing and pencil sharpeners. It debuts at No. 8.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of April 9, 2015

NPR Books - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 2:03pm

A young American married couple goes in search of the Loch Ness monster after they're disgraced at a high society event. Sara Gruen's At the Water's Edge debuts at No. 5.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of April 9, 2015

NPR Books - Fri, 04/10/2015 - 2:03pm

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

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