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Book Review: 'Abide'

Monday, May 19, 2014

Poet Tess Taylor reviews the posthomously published poetry collection Abide, by Jake Adam York.

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All Things Considered

The Winding Stories Of A Quintessential American Spy

Monday, May 19, 2014

Among his colleagues at the CIA, Robert Ames was considered the quintessential spy. Integral in the Oslo Peace Accords, the late secret agent is now the subject of Kai Bird's book, The Good Spy.

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Selfie, Unfriend, Hashtag: From Your Teen's Phone To The Dictionary

Monday, May 19, 2014

The Merriam-Webster dictionary has added more than 150 terms this year, including many from technology. This shows that dictionary editors are becoming more aggressive about reflecting common speech.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of May 15, 2014

Monday, May 19, 2014

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

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of May 15, 2014

Monday, May 19, 2014

Anthony Doerr's All The Light We Cannot See follows a blind French girl and a young German private during World War II. It debuts at No. 2.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of May 15, 2014

Monday, May 19, 2014

At No. 8, Dan Jones' The Plantagenets explores the royal dynasty that preceded the Tudors.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of May 15, 2014

Monday, May 19, 2014

One of notorious Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro's three victims shares the details of her abduction in Finding Me. It debuts at No. 10.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of May 15, 2014

Monday, May 19, 2014

In The Longest Ride, Nicholas Sparks tells the story of a widower who befriends a young college student and her cowboy boyfriend. It appears at No. 9.

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Book News: Novel Mocking Literary Prizes Wins Literary Prize

Monday, May 19, 2014

Also: Jennifer Weiner on blurb inflation; the best books coming out this week.

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Morning Edition

If You Want To Teach Kids History, Try Grossing Them Out First

Monday, May 19, 2014

Grown-ups might not "get it," but subjects like bugs and poop can make history lessons a little more palatable for middle schoolers. Author Sarah Albee says she writes books for her inner 12-year-old.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Words Wrought by Writers

Monday, May 19, 2014

William Shakespeare invented and or popularized many turns of phrase, including bedazzled, hurry, critical, and anchovy. We'll find out about other writers who added to the lexicon.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Confessions of a New York Taxi Driver

Monday, May 19, 2014

Eugene Salomon tells stories about what he’s seen and who he’s met in his 30 years driving a cab in New York City.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Breaking Up, Making Up and Picking Up

Monday, May 19, 2014

Philip Galanes says breaking up with someone by text message is a no-no. He gives advice and answers questions on the best ways to handle breakups. Lexicographer Paul Dickson tells us about the many words we use every day that were invented by writers. And we’ll hear stories from a man who drove a taxi in New York for 30 years.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Dan Savage on Sex and Everything Else

Monday, May 19, 2014

The sex advice columnist talks Obamacare, religion, gun control, gay marriage and more.

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All Things Considered

Revolution, Fatherhood And 5 Years In The Middle East

Sunday, May 18, 2014

From 2008 to 2013, Nathan Deuel and his family lived in the Middle East. His new memoir about his experience is titled Friday Was the Bomb.

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Putting A Face Behind The 'Sting Of The Drone'

Sunday, May 18, 2014

NPR's Lynn Neary talks to former national coordinator for Security and Counter-Terrorism Richard A. Clarke. He's written a new thriller, Sting of the Drone, a fictional look at the U.S. drone program.

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Novel Humanizes The 'Hyena Of The Gestapo'

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 is the latest novel by author Francine Prose. NPR's Lynn Neary speaks with Prose about her novel, set in Paris from the 1920s to the end of World War II.

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Cat Bite Takes A Dramatic Chunk Out Of These 'Desperate Characters'

Sunday, May 18, 2014

The action in Paula Fox's harrowing 1970 novel is set in motion by an unfriendly alley cat — but it spirals out into a multilayered and pointedly accurate portrayal of the dissolution of a marriage.

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WNYC News

Rex in the City: Photos of New York Dogs

Sunday, May 18, 2014

In her new book, New Zealand photographer Rachael McKenna captures everything from pampered purebreds to tough mutts across all five boroughs.

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All Things Considered

In 'Clash Of The Financial Pundits,' Clarity For The Investor?

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Millions of Americans get their financial advice from high-profile pundits on talk radio and cable television. The new book Clash of the Financial Pundits looks at how they affect our investments.

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