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NPR Bestsellers: Paperback Fiction, Week Of September 18, 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

At No. 14, Dennis Lehane's The Drop follows a woman and a lonely bartender as they encounter the Chechen mafia, stick-up artists and a relentless cop.

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NPR Bestsellers: Week Of September 18, 2014

Friday, September 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 September 18, 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

In Ian McEwan's The Children Act, a judge decides a case involving parents whose faith forbids a life-saving transfusion for their son. It debuts at No. 4.

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Soundcheck

Pick Three: David Mitchell

Friday, September 19, 2014

The author of Cloud Atlas and his latest, The Bone Clocks, shares three favorite songs as part of Soundcheck's Pick Three series.

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All Things Considered

For The Autumnal Equinox, A Poem As Chilling As The Fall Weather

Friday, September 19, 2014

Tuesday is the first day of fall. This time of year reminds critic Abigail Deutsch of Stephen Dobyns' "How to Like It" — a poem about a man who ponders his lost summers and fleeting dreams.

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Amid NFL Scandals, A Novel About America's Love Of The Sport

Friday, September 19, 2014

It's the start of the season, and the NFL is already beset by scandal. Writer Mark Chiusano recommends a novel about football's place in American culture, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk.

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All Things Considered

'American Cornball' A Taxonomy Of Humor In The U.S.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Robert Siegel talks to author Christopher Miller about American Cornball. It looks at the prejudices and peculiarities of a nation polarized between urban and rural, black and white and more.

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All Things Considered

Keeping Heirloom Apples Alive Is 'Like A Chain Letter' Over Many Centuries

Friday, September 19, 2014

Scott Farm in Vermont grows 100 apple varieties, some of them dating back to the 1700s. These apples may not look as pretty as the Red Delicious, but what they lack in looks they make up for in taste.

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Fresh Air

Roosevelt's Polio Wasn't A Secret: He Used It To His 'Advantage'

Friday, September 19, 2014

In The Man He Became, historian James Tobin says, despite misimpressions to the contrary, Americans of Franklin Roosevelt's day were well-aware of his disability. Originally aired Nov. 25, 2013.

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Book News: National Book Longlists Contain Some Surprises, Many Subtitles

Friday, September 19, 2014

Also: George R.R. Martin enters the political fray; Robert Darnton on censorship.

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The Takeaway

Lincoln's Gamble on The Battle to End Slavery

Friday, September 19, 2014

On July 12, 1862, Abraham Lincoln spoke for the first time about freeing the slaves. It would be six more turbulent months until the 16th president decided to take action.

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TED Radio Hour

How Did The Son Of A Terrorist Chose Peace?

Friday, September 19, 2014

Zak Ebrahim is the son of terrorist El-Sayyid Nosair, one of the masterminds of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. He tells the story of being raised to hate and how he chose a very different path.

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Selected Shorts

Feathers

Friday, September 19, 2014

An odd couple, a baby, and a peacock in a story by American master Raymond Carver.

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Soundcheck

Pick Three: David Mitchell; The Funniest Songs Ever; Real Estate Plays Live

Friday, September 19, 2014

David Mitchell, the author of Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks, shares three favorite songs; Soundcheck plays listeners' funny songs; Real Estate plays in the Soundcheck studio.

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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: Too Much Information

Friday, September 19, 2014

An odd couple, and a weird school, in two stories hosted by Robert Sean Leonard.

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Selected Shorts

Weird Schooldays

Friday, September 19, 2014

A darkly comic tale by Donald Barthelme

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Fresh Air

The Long, Scary Journey From A 'Terrorist's Son' To A Peace Activist

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Zak Ebrahim's father was convicted as a conspirator of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. For most of his life, Ebrahim lied to people about who his father was. His new memoir tells his story.

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Book News: Fiction Longlist Is Out For The National Book Awards

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Also: A Jane Austen Festival sets a new record; Terrance Hayes on winning a MacArthur.

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Calvino's Cosmicomic Collection Treads The Final Frontier: America

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Italo Calvino's delightful "cosmicomic" stories have long been scattered — split into separate books and translated in pieces. Now, a collection new to the U.S. is finally bringing them together.

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Morning Edition

Jacqueline Woodson On Being A 'Brown Girl' Who Dared To Dream

Thursday, September 18, 2014

In her new memoir for young adults, Woodson uses free verse to tell the story of growing up in the 1960s and 1970s. Her work for young readers often touches on themes of race and identity.

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