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Impressions From The Ice: A Poet Returns From Antarctica

NPR Books - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 3:04pm

Jynne Dilling Martin spent six weeks living on the bottom of the world and watching scientists work. The experience inspired many of the poems in her new collection, We Mammals in Hospitable Times.

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Prime Minister Loses His Noggin But Keeps Talking In 'Head Of State'

NPR Books - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 5:35am

Who says a beheaded man can't still be head of state? NPR's Scott Simon speaks with British journalist, author and TV host Andrew Marr about his novel, Head of State.

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Rod McKuen, The Cheeseburger To Poetry's Haute Cuisine

NPR Books - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 5:35am

Poet Rod McKuen was loved by millions but mocked by literary critics. He died this week at age 81.

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A Mismatched Crew Dreams Of Swashbuckling In 'We Are Pirates'

NPR Books - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 5:35am

Acclaimed writer Daniel Handler, a.k.a. Lemony Snickett, drew criticism last year for a racist comment at a literary event. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Handler about his new novel, We Are Pirates.

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Amiri Baraka Didn't Worry About His Politics Overpowering His Poetry

NPR Books - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 5:35am

"The real hallmark of an effective political artist is that the politics is accepted with the art," said Baraka. A new career-spanning anthology collects his work from 1961 to 2013. He died in 2014.

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8 Picture Books You Don't Have To Be A Kid To Love

NPR Books - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 5:03am

Here at NPR Books, we may be grown-ups, but we still enjoy channeling our inner 7-year-olds. And this week, we have the perfect excuse: Monday's Caldecott Medal announcement for picture book artistry.

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Remembering 'Thorn Birds' Author Colleen McCullough

NPR Books - Sat, 01/31/2015 - 3:36am

Australian writer Colleen McCullough has died at 77; she was best known for her doomed Outback romance saga The Thorn Birds, famously adapted for TV with Richard Chamberlain as a passionate priest.

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ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: ‘Guantánamo Diary’

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 3:08pm
Mark Danner discusses “Guantánamo Diary,” by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, and David Adam discusses his book, “The Man Who Couldn’t Stop.”






The 'Man Who Touched His Own Heart' Changed Medicine

NPR Books - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 2:59pm

Melissa Block talks to Rob Dunn about his new book, The Man Who Touched His Own Heart, a history of science and medicine's efforts to understand the working of the human heart.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of January 29, 2015

NPR Books - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 2:03pm

In How to Love, Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh instructs on the essentials of mindfulness practice and understanding the many different kinds of love. It appears at No. 14.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of January 29, 2015

NPR Books - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 2:03pm

At No. 15, Chris Pavone's The Accident follows literary agent Isabel Reed as she races through a mysterious manuscript while the CIA simultaneously tries to bury the story.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of January 29, 2015

NPR Books - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 2:03pm

Debuting at No. 14, Diane Muldrow's Everything I Need to Know About Love I Learned From a Little Golden Book offers insights on the world of romance.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of January 29, 2015

NPR Books - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 2:03pm

In Lily King's Euphoria, three young anthropologists in 1930s New Guinea are caught in a love triangle. It debuts at No. 13.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of January 29, 2015

NPR Books - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 2:03pm

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

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Are We Having Fun Yet? New Book Explores The Paradox Of Parenting

NPR Books - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 12:23pm

Kids can be magical and maddening. The title of Jennifer Senior's book — All Joy and No Fun — contrasts the strains of day-to-day parenting with the transcendent experience of raising a child.

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The Shortlist: Katherine Heiny’s ‘Single, Carefree, Mellow,’ and More

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 10:37am
New books by Katherine Heiny, Megan Mayhew Bergman, Mark Kurlansky and Shelly Oria.






Paperback Row

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 10:36am
Paperback books of particular interest.






Editors’ Choice

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 10:35am
Recently reviewed books of particular interest.






‘Ideas of Order,’ by Neil L. Rudenstine

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 10:35am
A guide to Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets, and an argument that they contain an underlying narrative.






Open Book: Reading in Transit

New York Times Sunday Book Review - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 10:35am
The photographer Reinier Gerritsen captures the reading habits of New York’s subway riders.






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