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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of July 10, 2014

Friday, July 11, 2014

At No. 15, Jo Baker's Longbourn reimagines Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice from a servant's perspective.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of July 10, 2014

Friday, July 11, 2014

In Launch, entrepreneur Jeff Walker offers advice for launching a successful product or business in an increasingly digital world. It appears at No. 13.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of July 10, 2014

Friday, July 11, 2014

In #GIRLBOSS, Sophia Amoruso delivers an irreverent manifesto for ambitious young women. It debuts at No. 15.

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Selected Shorts

Letter to a Frozen Peas Manufacturer

Friday, July 11, 2014

This reading by Robert Sean Leonard of Lydia Davis’s “Letter to a Frozen Peas Manufacturer” is part of the SELECTED SHORTS program “Peas, Pancakes, and Pretensions,” hosted by Robert Sean Leonard.

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In Troubled Times, Find Freedom Through Faith And Forgiveness

Friday, July 11, 2014

T.D. Jakes was once called "America's Best Preacher" by Time magazine. In this encore broadcast, host Michel Martin speaks with him about how he found his calling to become a pastor.

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Book News: Singapore Pulls 2 Children's Books With Gay Couples From Libraries

Friday, July 11, 2014

Also: Colin Barrett has won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award; Roxana Robinson on the painful fragility of her concentration.

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Selected Shorts

Serial Monogamy: A Memoir

Friday, July 11, 2014

This reading by Mary Kay Place of Nora Ephron’s “Serial Monogamy: A Memoir” is part of the SELECTED SHORTS program “Peas, Pancakes, and Pretensions,” hosted by Robert Sean Leonard.

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Selected Shorts

Madame Bovary (an excerpt)

Friday, July 11, 2014

This reading by Christina Pickles of an excerpt from Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary is part of the SELECTED SHORTS program “Peas, Pancakes, and Pretensions,” hosted by Robert Sean Leonard.

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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: Peas, Pancakes, and Pretensions

Friday, July 11, 2014

Cooking with Nora Ephron, and dining with Emma Bovary.

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Soundcheck

Summer '94: Notorious B.I.G.'s 'Ready To Die'; MK Asante's Hip Hop Memoir; Broken Bells Play Live

Friday, July 11, 2014

In this episode: This summer marks the 20th anniversary of Brooklyn rapper Notorious B.I.G.’s debut album, Ready To DieSoundcheck talks about the album and Big’s short-lived career with cultural critic Dream Hampton, a friend and later a producer of several documentary films about him.

Then: In his memoir, Buckwriter and filmmaker MK Asante charts the story of his Philadelphia (or as he calls it, "Killadelphia") childhood, and finding an education through rap, poetry and mystical strangers.

And: Broken Bells -- the project of James Mercer of The Shins and Brian Burton (a.k.a. Danger Mouse) -- perform "Holding On For Life," a new song from their album After The Disco, plus an older favorite, in the Soundcheck studio.

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On The Media

Online Supersleuths

Friday, July 11, 2014

There's an estimated 40,000 unidentified human remains in the United States. When writer Deborah Halber heard this figure, she did some research and discovered a thriving community of internet sleuths who spend hours trying to attach names to these John and Jane Does. Brooke speaks to Halber about her new book, The Skeleton Crew: How Amateur Sleuths Are Solving America’s Coldest Cases.

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Soundcheck

MK Asante's Hip Hop Memoir, 'Buck'

Friday, July 11, 2014

The writer and filmmaker MK Asante has charted the history and politics of hip hoptold the story of Kwanza, and explored the power of poetry – all topics that are close to his heart. But his latest work is his most personal yet -- it’s a memoir called Buck.

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Fresh Air

10 Years Later, Mystery Heroine 'Maisie Dobbs' Gains New Life

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Jacqueline Winspear's debut mystery, Maisie Dobbs, set in England around World War I, came out in paperback a decade ago. A new edition testifies to the enduring allure of the traditional mystery.

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'Busted' Blurs The Line Between Good And Bad Philadelphia Police

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A tip from an informant helped two reporters discover what they call rampant corruption within Philadelphia's police department. Their award-winning reporting is the subject of the book Busted.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Land of Love and Drowning, a Novel by Tiphanie Yanique

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A chronicle of three generations of an island family from 1916 to the 1970s.

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Book News: Co-Author Of Book On How Not To Be Gored By A Bull Gets Gored

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Also: Police arrest a man in connection with an attack on author Colum McCann; Ted Scheinman asks his favorite writers what they do about writer's block.

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An 'Unexpected' Treat For Octavia E. Butler Fans

Thursday, July 10, 2014

When sci-fi legend Octavia E. Butler died in 2006, fans mourned the loss of works she could have written. Now, two unpublished stories are being released after a scholar found them among her papers.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

A Most Imperfect Union

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The latest Snowden leaks reveal that the NSA targeted particular Muslim-Americans for surveillance. Shane Harris, Senior Writer at Foreign Policy and author of The Watchers, weighs in. Plus: The near future might bring instant access to doctors via email, Skype, or text; "coming out" on your resume might actually help job-seekers; parents feel the pressure to enroll their kids in extracurricular summer camps; and U.S. history from a contrarian's perspective.

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An Illustrated Contrarian U.S. History Book

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Ilan Stavans, Lewis-Sebring Professor of Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College, discusses his new graphic novel, A Most Imperfect Union: A Contrarian History Of The United States, an examination of U.S. history from a contrarian's perspective.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Hidden World and a Public Hollywood Life

Thursday, July 10, 2014

On today’s show: We’ll find out about the hidden world of illegal trading in human organs. Academy Award-winning actress Lee Grant talks about her career on the stage and screen and her new memoir. Tiphanie Yanique tells us about her new novel, Land of Love and Drowning. And we’ll look at the American Dream Megamall, a stalled multibillion dollar redevelopment project in the New Jersey Meadowlands, which may be shaping up to be another scandal for Governor Christie.