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A Libertarian With Roots In Rock Music

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Matt Kibbe, CEO of FreedomWorks, has a new book. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Kibbe about his libertarian manifesto, Don't Hurt People and Don't Take Their Stuff.

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Miss Lonelyhearts No More: Three Surprising Books of Advice

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Author Roy Peter Clark recommends three books that are hardly the work of your average agony aunt: a WWII-era cookbook, an zoological sex guide and a compilation of 60 years of no-nonsense advice.

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Printing Wikipedia Would Take 1 Million Pages, But That's Sort Of The Point

Sunday, March 30, 2014

A German-based group called PediaPress estimates that a print version of the ever-evolving, online encyclopedia would fill more than 1,000 1,200-page volumes. Now they just need $50,000 to do it.

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Vladimir Putin Is Right Out Of A Russian Novel

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Russia has a long and legendary literary tradition that can perhaps give us insight into their president today.

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'Lovesongs' Examines What It Means To Come Home

Saturday, March 29, 2014

A new novel, Shotgun Lovesongs, interlaces the stories of friends who keep returning to each other, to grasp hold of where they are in the world. NPR's Scott Simon talks with author Nickolas Butler.

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Dark, Remarkable Poems Show 'How To Dance' Amid Economic Despair

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Nick Lantz's third collection, How to Dance as the Roof Caves In, could hardly be called cheerful. But his poems of divorce and recession are accessible and entertaining, even at their most grim.

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A Grand Tradition Of Family Drama In 'Cavendon Hall'

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Best-selling author Barbara Taylor Bradford's new novel follows two families living in a grand Edwardian manor. She tells NPR that Downton-style dramas are a way of encapsulating life in one house.

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WNYC News

The Man Behind The New Yorker's Cartoons

Saturday, March 29, 2014

New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff has a new memoir called How About Never—Is Never Good for You?

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All Things Considered

In 'Storied Life,' Characters Come With A Reading List

Friday, March 28, 2014

At its heart, Gabrielle Zevin's new novel is a love letter to the joys of reading. Each chapter starts with the title of a book or short story, essentially introducing characters by what they read.

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All Things Considered

An Ode To Our Newest Neighbor: Biden, The Pink Dwarf Planet

Friday, March 28, 2014

In honor of the newly discovered planet, 2012 VP113, aka Biden, author Jason Sheehan recommends First Light by Richard Preston and Andy Weir suggests the short story "Flatlander," by Larry Niven.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Nonfiction, Week Of March 27, 2014

Friday, March 28, 2014

At No. 4, Show Your Work! contains Austin Kleon's advice for using generosity to increase productivity.

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of March 27, 2014

Friday, March 28, 2014

Debuting at No. 3, Harlan Coben's Missing You is a thriller that starts with a mysterious online dating profile.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of March 27, 2014

Friday, March 28, 2014

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

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NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Nonfiction, Week Of March 27, 2014

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Story of the Jews, by Simon Schama, is the first of two volumes accompanying the PBS series. It debuts at No. 8.

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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of March 27, 2014

Friday, March 28, 2014

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, Robin Sloan's tale of an unusual shopkeeper's secrets, hits half a year on the list.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

May Wu-Wei Be With You

Friday, March 28, 2014

Edward Slingerland, professor of Asian Studies and Canada Research Chair in Chinese Thought and Embodied Cognition at the University of British Columbia, and the author of Trying Not to Try: The Art and Science of Spontaneity(Crown, 2014) asks if careful reasoning is the best approach to ensure well being. Instead, he offers the early Chinese philosophers' method of approaching problems indirectly using "wu-wei" which he likens to "The Force" in "Star Wars".

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Book News: Can Mammy Be Rescued From 'Gone With The Wind'?

Friday, March 28, 2014

Also: George R.R. Martin releases a new chapter of The Winds of Winter; Brad Leithauser writes about the enduring charm of P.G. Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Hollywood Producer Jerry Bruckheimer; Middlemarch; "Finding Vivian Maier"; Please Explain

Friday, March 28, 2014

Jerry Bruckheimer has produced some of television and film’s greatest hits over the last 30 years, and he tells the stories behind some of them—like Top Gun, The Pirates of the Caribbean series and Flashdance. Rebecca Mead joins us for this month’s Book Club to discuss Middlemarch and Mead’s own book, My Life in Middlemarch Filmmakers John Maloof and Charlie Siskel tell the story of a reclusive nanny who left behind over 100,000 photographs that are now considered some of the major works of the 20th century. Please Explain is all about arthritis

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Rebecca Mead Discusses Middlemarch and My Life in Middlemarch

Friday, March 28, 2014

Many of our book club authors have listed Middlemarch as among of their favorite and most influential novels, so for our March selection, the Lopate Show Book club is reading George Eliot’s masterpiece, which is often called the greatest English novel. It deals with the complexity of love, the meaning of marriage, morality, and human aspiration and failure. Rebecca Mead joins us to talk about what makes the classic novel so great, and to discuss her book, My Life in Middlemarch. Mixing biography, reporting, and memoir, Mead explores Middlemarch’s important place in her own life, as well as the many lives the novel has led since it was written.

 

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Selected Shorts

Steamy and Stormy

Friday, March 28, 2014

This reading by guest host Jane Curtin, of Kate Chopin’s provocative glimpse of a tryst in the Bayou, is part of the SELECTED SHORTS program “Complicated Relationships.”

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