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

Friday, April 10, 2015

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

Friday, April 10, 2015

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

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

Friday, April 10, 2015

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: Paperback Fiction, Week Of April 9, 2015

Friday, April 10, 2015

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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The Leonard Lopate Show

Octavia Spencer's Latest Young Adult Novel

Friday, April 10, 2015

The Academy Award-winning actress discusses the most recent installment of her YA series, 'Randi Rhodes: Ninja Detective.' 

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Ninety Years of The New Yorker

Friday, April 10, 2015

The first issue of The New Yorker was published in February of 1925, ninety years ago this month. In celebration of our anniversary, David Remnick, the magazine’s editor, hosts a special episode of Out Loud in which writers and editors revisit New Yorker history, share memories, and discuss how the tone and direction of the magazine have evolved since its founding editor, Harold Ross, first envisioned a publication of “gaiety, wit, and satire.”

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Brian Lehrer Weekend: Malcolm Gladwell, Libertarian Take on Rand Paul, Google HR

Friday, April 10, 2015

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them: Malcolm Gladwell (First) | The Libertarian Take on Rand Paul (Starts at 23:26) | Google's HR (Starts at 57:18)
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Fresh Air

Practicing 'Extreme Medicine,' From Deep Sea To Outer Space

Friday, April 10, 2015

Dr. Kevin Fong explores how humans survive extremes of heat, cold, outer space and deep sea. He compares the exploration of medicine with the "explorers of the 20th century and every age before them."

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Morning Edition

Meet The 'Capital Dames,' Civil War Washington's Secret Power Brokers

Friday, April 10, 2015

In her new book, Cokie Roberts explains how women like Mary Todd Lincoln and Jessie Benton Fremont influenced Washington's men of power when they weren't even allowed to vote.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Brothers Behind the Boston Marathon Bomb

Friday, April 10, 2015

A journalist talks about her new book on the Tsarnaev brothers.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Octavia Spencer's YA series, Juliette Binoche's Latest Film

Friday, April 10, 2015

13 reasons to repeal the death penalty. Olivier Assayas and Juliette Binoche with their latest film. Octavia Spencer's YA series. Please Explain is all about barbershop quartets!

The Brian Lehrer Show

Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen; Bystander Videos and Policing; College Confessions

Friday, April 10, 2015

Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen on the mayor’s housing plan; bystander videos in police shootings; college finance confessions; a book on the Tsarnaev brothers; Tidal music streaming service.

Studio 360

Hilary Mantel’s Henry VIII Is a Monster for All Seasons

Thursday, April 09, 2015

 Hilary Mantel’s books “Wolf Hall” and “Bring Up the Bodies” have reshaped how we think of Henry VIII — and made a hero out of the blacksmith’s son, Thomas Cromwell.    

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All Things Considered

Queen Victoria's Childhood Story To Be Published

Thursday, April 09, 2015

A short story written by Queen Victoria when she was just 10 years old is to be published for the first time in June.

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All Things Considered

'Timid Son' Celebrates Mambas And Manly Men

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Kent Russell's collection of autobiographical short stories explores the extremes of masculinity — like a man who's developing an immunity to snake venom by letting cobras and black mambas bite him.

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Small Batch Edition: 'Wolf Hall' On PBS

Thursday, April 09, 2015

PCHH pal and book enthusiast Barrie Hardymon joins us to talk Tudors, historical fiction, and expressive eyebrow acting.

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All Things Considered

Cultural Revolution-Meets-Aliens: Chinese Writer Takes On Sci-Fi

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Liu Cixin's science-packed, futuristic best-sellers explore the cosmos and offer commentary on current events. The first book in his trilogy has been translated into English.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Why Choose a School that Makes You Feel Stupid?

Thursday, April 09, 2015

The New Yorker's Malcolm Gladwell joins us to discuss choosing the right college and why being a little fish in a big pond can be a disadvantage.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Larry Kramer's American History

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Award-winning playwright, author, and celebrated gay-rights advocate Larry Kramer discusses the first installment of his novel, The American People, Volume 1: Search for My Heart.

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The Takeaway

Moral Darwinism: The Surprising Evolution of Human Values

Thursday, April 09, 2015

In his latest book, Ian Morris, a professor of classics at Stanford University, argues that our moral values are actually a function of the ways society organizes itself to get energy.

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