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Under Scrutiny, Teen Learned Defiance From 'President's Daughter'

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Years after she first read and adored Ellen Emerson White's series of young adult novels, author Tova Mirvis still finds herself wondering, "What would Meg Powers do?"

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Lydia Davis' New Collection Has Stories Shorter Than This Headline

Sunday, April 06, 2014

The award-winning author is known for her brevity, and Can't And Won't doesn't disappoint. Davis tells NPR's Rachel Martin that the works of Russell Edson inspired her to write super-short stories.

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A Century Of History In The Life Of An Ordinary Indian

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Ayya's Accounts: A Ledger of Hope in Modern India chronicles the life of an ordinary man in extraordinary times. NPR's Scott Simon talks to author Anand Pandian about his subject, his grandfather.

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'In Paradise,' Matthiessen Considers Our Capacity For Cruelty

Saturday, April 05, 2014

At 86, Matthiessen has written what he says "may be his last word." In Paradise, a novel about a visit to a Nazi extermination camp, caps a career spanning six decades and 33 books.

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Percussive Poems In 'Shorty Bon Bon' Pin The Stage To The Page

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Willie Perdomo's new collection is inspired by the salsa jam bands of '70s-era Puerto Rican New York. The poems are performance-page crossovers, rich in sound, slang and musical detail.

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Biographer Explains How John Updike 'Captured America'

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Adam Begley says Updike created an everyman in his Rabbit book series, and inhabited him fully, "allowing that everyman's senses to be totally open to the American experience."

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The Takeaway

The Takeaway Book Club: 'The Book of Unknown Americans'

Saturday, April 05, 2014

"The Book of Unknown Americans" is the latest novel from author Cristina Henriquez. This book has been selected as the fifth work to be featured in The Takeaway's book club.

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The Takeaway

The Takeaway Book Club: 'Friendship'

Saturday, April 05, 2014

"Friendship" is the new novel from author Emily Gould. This book has been selected as the sixth work to be featured in The Takeaway's book club.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

In Defense of Helicopter Parenting

Friday, April 04, 2014

Alfie Kohn says "no persuasive reason exists to hold permissiveness responsible" for entitled children. Read an excerpt from his book The Myth of the Spoiled Child here — and let us know what you think. 

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction

Friday, April 04, 2014

The Plantagenets, appearing at No. 13, is Dan Jones' epic history of the royal dynasty's reign.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction

Friday, April 04, 2014

At No. 2, Meg Wolitzer's The Interestings follows six artistic friends from their teenage years into middle age.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction

Friday, April 04, 2014

Media mogul Arianna Huffington searches for a healthy work-life balance in Thrive, which debuts at No. 2.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction

Friday, April 04, 2014

In Gabrielle Zevin's The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, a bookstore owner receives a mysterious package. It debuts at No. 6.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of April 3, 2014

Friday, April 04, 2014

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

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Studio 360

Jeff Vandermeer’s Florida Sci-Fi Apocalypse

Friday, April 04, 2014

Jeff VanderMeer is a science-fiction author for readers who don’t typically flock to the genre. The Floridian borrows from fantasy, horror, and weird fiction to create eerily familiar landscapes in his new Southern Reach Trilogy. Beginning with Annihilation, the books chronicle the investigation ...

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Book News: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, 87, Hospitalized In Mexico

Friday, April 04, 2014

Also: new books by Anne Tyler and Kazuo Ishiguro, and a lost volume by the historian Will Durant.

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Selected Shorts

In Dreams Begin Responsibilities

Friday, April 04, 2014

This reading by Leonard Nimoy of Delmore Schwartz’s classic coming-of-age story is part of the SELECTED SHORTS program “Parents and Children,” hosted by Jane Curtin.

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Selected Shorts

Wild at Heart

Friday, April 04, 2014

This reading by Kate Burton of Tess Gallagher’s story “The Lover of Horses” is part of the SELECTED SHORTS program “Parents and Children,” hosted by Jane Curtin.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The High Frequency High Frequency Trading Debate

Friday, April 04, 2014

Felix Salmon, finance blogger for Reuters, explains the debate and the backlash — and the backlash to the backlash — over Michael Lewis' Flash Boys.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Carla Hall Spices Up Comfort Food

Friday, April 04, 2014

The host of “The Chew” on ABC and "Top Chef" contestant talks about how to shake up your favorite dishes and cooking peas for Jacques Pépin.

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