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Book News: First Superman Comic Soars To $3.2 Million At Auction

NPR Books - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 5:39am

Also: an excerpt of Lena Dunham's new book; notable books of the week.

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Mystery Writer Finds Istanbul's Byzantine Past Hiding In Plain Sight

NPR Books - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 1:26am

In The Sultan of Byzantium, Turkish author Selcuk Altun takes his hero into forgotten corners of the city, where once-majestic monuments go unnoticed amid the bustle of daily life.

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In A Foster Home, Two Boys Become 'Kinda Like Brothers'

NPR Books - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 2:59pm

Before Coe Booth was a writer, she was a caseworker, often tasked with placing kids with foster families. Her latest novel for middle-grade readers looks at two young members of a foster family.

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Louise Penny Builds A Magical Ensemble In 'The Long Way Home'

NPR Books - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 5:54am

Chief Inspector Gamache is back in Louise Penny's latest novel, The Long Way Home. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Penny about the tenth book in the Gamache mystery series.

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Studying? Take A Break And Embrace Your Distractions

NPR Books - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 3:12pm

This back-to-school season, it's time to reevaluate a few common assumptions about how best to study. Benedict Carey, the author of How We Learn, says science shows that discipline isn't everything.

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Lowly Worm Is Back! Richard Scarry Jr. Brings Dad's Manuscript To Life

NPR Books - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 3:25am

The younger Scarry, also an illustrator, found a draft of Best Lowly Worm Book Ever! in his dad's Swiss chalet. He says all that was missing was the final art, "so that's what I did."

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As Summer Winds Down, Wistful Dreams Of A 'Lost Estate'

NPR Books - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 4:17pm

The scent of fresh pencils is in the air, and homework assignments are around the corner. In honor of back-to-school season, author Alexander Aciman recommends The Lost Estate by Henri Alain-Fournier.

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Novel Explores A Time When A Woman Might Not Live To Meet Her Child

NPR Books - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:06pm

Katy Simpson Smith's novel, set during the American Revolution, was inspired by her research on mothers in the South. "Death was sort of the specter that haunted every aspect of life," she says.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of August 21, 2014

NPR Books - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:03pm

Amanda Ripley looks at the world's new education superpowers in The Smartest Kids In The World, which appears at No. 9.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of August 21, 2014

NPR Books - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:03pm

At No. 13, James McBride's The Good Lord Bird tells the story of a young slave who is liberated by John Brown just before his raid on Harpers Ferry.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of August 21, 2014

NPR Books - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:03pm

Hampton Sides' In The Kingdom Of Ice recounts an ill-fated 19th-century naval expedition to the North Pole. It appears at No. 1.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of August 21, 2014

NPR Books - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:03pm

Debuting at No. 1, Haruki Mirakami's Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki And His Years Of Pilgrimage follows a 30-something man looking for closure.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of August 21, 2014

NPR Books - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 2:03pm

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

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Children's Books: ‘Anatomy of a Misfit,’ by Andrea Portes

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:40am
In this young adult novel, a teenager indulges a rebellious streak lurking beneath her “apple pie” appearance.






‘The New Arabs,’ by Juan Cole

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:40am
A professor surveys youth uprisings in the Middle East.






Paperback Row

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:40am
Paperback books of particular interest.






Children's Books: ‘El Deafo,’ by Cece Bell

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:40am
Making new friends at school can be tough, but doing so while wearing a bulky hearing aid? That requires superpowers!






‘How We Learn,’ by Benedict Carey

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:40am
Drudgery may not be the key to success, research shows.






‘Whatever Happened to the Metric System?’ by John Bemelmans Marciano

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:40am
Most of the world is on the metric system; why isn’t America?






Editors’ Choice

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:40am
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.






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